FACT OR FICTION, OR CITY POLITICS?
by Ken Bylund
August 31, 2009
The story, "Teen charged with theft", on A-2 of the
weekend edition of the Ketchikan
Daily News, was at best a weighty psychological slant designed
to put words in the mouth of Patrick Doherty... to ensure he
looks guilty? All pulled out of "the complaint".
Was on the grand jury earlier this year, and respect the DAs,
the citizens who served, and our humanly imperfect process...
but this article has built a prejudicial case against a 19 year
old boy who can't challenge his alleged accomplice, or
If I may quote from the article, Para 7; Police interviewed
Doherty, also 19, who reportedly confirmed that he and Peura
were given the card and PIN number and were asked to withdraw
$60, said the complaint.
The next [run on] Para 8; "They decided
to withdraw an extra $200 beyond the amount authorized, and split
the proceeds," the complaint said.
This does not clarify, but rather implies Pat said this
in the interview... and further down, Doherty allegedly said
he grabbed the card, but later said [still allegedly?] that
he wasn't sure who actually took it, said the complaint.
-- and; "He [Patrick] indicated that he knew Mr. Hoyt had
a lot of money and that it was his intention to repay him later,"
the complaint said.
Not seeing a confession in saying or knowing Mr. Hoyt had a lot
of money. This is prejudicial cherry picking of words to put
them in context with a crime. When is it a fair judgment when
a unknowable story is tacked on to a plea bargain?
Okay, the article goes on seemingly to make Patrick look like
he was cogently involved... but after seeing his celebration
of life, his parents, his family, and plethora of friends --
I get this strong sense Patrick was trying to reign in his friend.
Pat's intention to repay Mr. Hoyt, seems like the mind of someone
trying to steer a wayward friend away from an abyss -- that instead
he was caught up in, and put him in that dark corner that inevitably
brought him to that terrible moment on the beach.
I'd like to know if his friend's story fits the facts or are
designed to cushion his fall. Is the release of this story an
attempt to bury an annoying guilt, of poor judgment, a deflected
investigation, or to the ends of burying this boy and his reputation
that appears to be impeccable... up until this out of character
and suspicious deviation. Is it about money? Who believes this
story? Why was it written? Unconvincing. Ugly and Unnecessary,
is what KDN's apology should read.
North Point Higgins,
Received August 31, 2009 -
Published August 31, 2009
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