So, the editor of the Gainesville Times got a DUI!!
STOP THE PRESSES!
How is this news? How many DUI’s go through Hall County Courthouse a week? Why is this one so important? Was Mitch Clarke driving under the influence while transporting WMD? No? So was he armed and dangerous? No? All in all this is just a run of the mill DUI in a county that has a flooded court system partly because of the number of DUI’s. Didn’t Deal just finish Operation Rolling Thunder.
In a county that has so much going on with furloughs, major budget problems, threats to lay off our educators, a confused County Commission, replacing a Sheriff, and untold yet to be discovered issues, this issue is top dog?
So why is this such a big deal? Was it the deal? I have some breaking news for you, deals are made every day in that courthouse. Just go there on ticket day and see Stephanie Woodards Minions out in the hallway with a milk crate full of files and tickets as well as a long line of offenders holding up a number like they are at butcher shop in New york city. Now serving number 745,326.
They are out in the hallway to make deals in order to prevent all of those charged from having to go in front of a judge. So tell me, was a deal given to Clarke really a big woop-t-doo? Settling cases via negotiation is the way the system works. Besides, in my opinion, the solicitors office isn’t knocking ’em dead in the area of successful prosecutions so getting one more off the books needs to be the focus in that office. I have an idea, why not get out all the new employees that Mrs. Woodard has hired while everyone else in the county has been hit with furloughs to help with the processing of all those deals?
Oooooorrr, Is this a ploy to blast the sheriffs office by the powers that want Jon P. Strickland in the sheriff’s seat? Who knows.
The fact that this man was arrested for DUI in January is irrelevant. The fact that he plead to the DUI is also irrelevant. That he was out in an hour or so, to me, means that the jail wasn’t overly busy and the officers were processing fast. I say “good job” to the deputies that were working that night.
There is more to this story and I intend on following up. Why is everyone on high alert over a petty DUI? Who is trying to gain what in this whole fiasco? Something smells rotten.