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Justice is blind, but should it be deaf and "dumb" too?
A Column by the Editor
posted December 9, 2008
COLUMN – It may not be my place to second
guess a Circuit Court Judge, but it is obvious, at least to me, one
certain judge may need to pull her head out of the sand long enough to
understand that people in Edgefield County see justice in a different
light than she does.
Monday was the first day of General Sessions Court (High Court) in
Edgefield County where the most serious offenders are tried on felony
charges. Call me stupid if you will, but a career criminal walking away
with no jail time after pleading guilty to robbing a dead man and his
son on the day of the funeral deserves at least some time behind bars.
Not so, according to Circuit Court Judge Renee Alison Lee who is
presiding over this week’s General Sessions Court in Edgefield County.
One year of house arrest and five years of probation is more in order.
Forget the fact that David Wayne Todack, 41, of Langley, has a criminal
history that crosses three states that took several minutes to read in
open court prior to his sentencing on charges of burglary and grand
Forget that Mr. Todack not only knew, but also worked for the two
victims - a son - and his father, who died of a sudden heart attack.
Forget that while the son and his family members were attending the
funeral of their father that Mr. Todack admitted to being guilty of
burglarizing not only the home of the son, grieving over the loss of
his father, but robbed the home of the deceased father as well on the
day of the funeral in September of this year.
Forget that the son stood before Judge Lee and explained the
hurtfulness of the crime against his family in a time of mourning prior
Yes, forget all that, because Judge Lee sure did.
Judge Renee Alison Lee may be trying to be nice because it is almost
Christmas, but she sure as heck does not need to be the Grinch that
Stole Justice from the citizens of Edgefield County.
If anyone ever deserved to have the “book thrown at him”, Todack is the
prime example. Yet, to Judge Lee, he deserved a pinch, not even a slap,
on the wrist and was basically set free.
The only saving grace in this convening of General Sessions Court is
this fruitcake of a judge will be gone by Friday. Let’s hope this is
her first and last appearance in Edgefield County General Sessions
The only sad aspect of this is that news of a liberal and lenient judge
spreads faster throughout the county jail than a brush fire on a
hayfield during a drought in August and everybody will want to plea
before her and get the most ridiculously improper sentences possible.
I agree that justice should be blind, but nowhere does it say that
justice should be blind, deaf, and dumb.
This is a prime example of why Circuit Court Judges in South Carolina
should be elected, not appointed.
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