There are so many ethical problems with your statement, but I'll begin with the obvious. Lady Justice wears a blindfold for a reason. There are no "good" people. There are no "bad" people. Just because you know him, and like him, would have deemed him to be above the law.
I know Pat Galvin. I like Pat Galvin. But I hope they would throw the book at him. If he is found guilty with no court penalty then any person passing candidates' petitions would expect to be able to forge a signature, or two, or twenty two and, in your eyes that is just fine.
You are saying that the results of the election didn't change by Galvin's action, so he should go free. The results doesn't matter. He violated the rights of 22 Yates County residents. As a nation we are losing our respect for politicians, and what Galvin did just confirms those feelings. If he gets off free that's another reason to people to continue to shake their heads.
Why does he want to take this case to court? My bet is he feels that with our DA's record he has a good chance of winning his case. This is a class D non-violent felony. If he loses he'll get no jail time, and only from 1 to 7 years of probation. He will probably 1 year probation.
Your statement tells us a lot about you, Mr. Mitchell.
Mclovin give me a break! Where in my statement does it say that Mr. Galvin should be treated like he is above the law with no penalty? I indicated clearly I thought hanging a felony on him was harsher than the special prosecutor needed to do.
From your statement you don't understand that the current D.A. is not handling the case, a special prosecutor is. Ms. Gardner is a "victim" in this case, that is why she requested a special prosecutor be assigned. Her office has no input in the disposition of the case.
I never said he "should go free". I was involved in the system for 36 years. I was asked occasionally by district attorney's for feedback on cases I sent to their office regarding how they were thinking about disposing of a case.
If you think the public shaming, plea to a misdemeanor, a fine and community service along with losing a job is letting him off to easy you obviously have not been involved in the criminal justice system.
If he had an extensive prior criminal history I would agree that it should stay a felony. That usually plays a large part in plea considerations!
A lot of the people I to arrested were more concerned if their name would be in the paper, rather than the actual arrest!