Thoughts on Mayor Hutcherson
After the verdict has been handed down on our Mayor, I have mixed thoughts. Here is a man who has dedicated his life to serving others, but he went astray. What bothers me the most is the Social Security fraud. He took advantage of those who could not help themselves and earned only 500 per month.
I imagine it started out as I will use this money now, but I will pay it back. And what happened continued as a pattern of commingling funds, his and those he was entrusted to help. It was a wrong path and led him down a slippery slope, and perhaps through rationalization he justified to himself his actions. And perhaps he forgot at times whose money was whose, and the logic and the self justification became foggier even to him.
But his first step in commingling the funds was wrong, he should have know this and understood the implications.
What also disturbed me was the point of the prosecution naming a mistress in the case. I bit my lip and did not comment on this. I waited to see if this was important to the prosecution's case. And as far as I can see from were I am sitting, this did not need to be brought out. After all, this was a trial of broken laws not broken morals. And no matter how you feel about the moral issues, what was germane here was the broken laws. And the judgement of the jury should not be clouded by what moral bounds the Mayor did not maintain.
Often I do not find myself agreeing with Rev Jerry Falwell, although I do at times. And though I cannot locate the written statement, that was read on WSET last night, I do remember the gist of what Jerry said. This is a time for compassion of all parties that have been hurt. My first thoughts are for the victims who could not take care of their meager funds. Then for the Mayor himself who fell prey to temptation in using their funds.
Now, there will be appeals, and sentencing. The Judge will lay down the sentence and most likely the appeals will fail. A great part of the sentence will be mitigated, and if the Mayor will spend real time in jail is still anyone's guess. My opinion, is that at least some jail time is appropriate, he should be held to the same standard every common citizen would face in similar circumstances.