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Judge Bell, DA Goodenow: For Real?

I got no problem with a $900,000 bond for serial speeder Carlene Atkinson. I do have a problem with violent repeat offenders repeatedly bonding out of the Mecklenburg County jail.

You see, if Atkinson has to sit and stew in jail and await trial, it only makes sense that the vast majority of those charged with violent offenses in the community do the same. Except that they do not.

Judge Bob Bell, you set the standard yourself with this comment:

“I’m not concerned about her running,” the judge told the packed courtroom. “My concern is protection of the community. There’s no way to guarantee she won’t get back in a car again.”

And Assistant District Attorney Marsha Goodenow, how about you ask for a $1m. bond — or even $500K — on the hordes of repeat offenders whom you know are going to cycle out the system and commit more crimes. Often within hours of their release.

But I won’t hold my breath. We wouldn’t have the criminal justice farce we have in this county if we had consistent, rational, and honorable judges and prosecutors.

7 Responses to “Judge Bell, DA Goodenow: For Real?”

  • May
    29
    2009

    A criminals motto here in Charlotte is…..
    Fool you once shame on me, fool you twice shame on you, fool you 49 times and counting and I will with the help of the justice system make fools of everyone.

    I have come to the conclusion that criminals are not wanted here in Charlotte, especially the jail!!

  • May
    29
    2009

    The judge set that bond high (as it should be) because she knows what a high-profile case this is. This whole mess is disgusting and criminal. It is a shame that Atkinson was even allowed to drive knowing her motoring background.

    This woman WALKED AWAY from a dead person and never called for help! God help her.

  • May
    29
    2009

    You said it BO, this is a high-profile case. The revolving door for violent repeat offenders happens out of sight and out of mind.

  • May
    29
    2009

    Why are the repeat offenders crimes out of sight, out of mind?

    Black on black crime can’t be reported because it might lead you to drawing a conclusion?

    Rednecks not interesting enough for the local media?

    Illegal immigrant crime not sexy enough for the Observer?

  • May
    29
    2009

    Illegal immigrant crime not sexy enough for the Observer?

    Have you read any of the drivel that Franco Ordonez spews out? The man is the worst apologist for illegal aliens that I have ever seen. And let’s not even bring up the Cruelest Cuts series.

  • May
    29
    2009

    >> Rednecks not interesting enough for the local media?

    Uh, that’s Appalachian-Americans, thank-you-very-much.

  • May
    29
    2009

    MM–I look a little closer to CLT where one puts on airs when speaking Gastonese…

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