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Wednesday, May 03, 2006

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.


At 1:11 PM, Blogger corndog said...

Yes, I have to agree with what you are saying here. He should have known that what he was doing was wrong, and I believe he would be in far less trouble had he just admitted it, apologized and made whole his victims, thereby saving the Commonwealth from all this time, money and trouble (Not to mention the embarassment to Lynchburg citizens).

The penalty for not doing so, in the face of this kind of evidence, should be some jail time.

At 4:48 PM, Blogger Ken Martin said...

When this news orginally broke I was in shock. But as I said then, "if the Feds come after you the odds are in their favor 80-90 percent. My heart and thoughts go out to all involved.

At 5:57 PM, Blogger Larry Bassett said...

The Falwell position in this situation evidently was "We can't give you money personally, Mr. Mayor, but we can give your nonprofit a big chunk of money. We give nonprofits money all the time and it is totally legal. If your nonprofit lends you the money, this is legal and none of our business. Our hands are clean."

Many peace activists have said that if there is a nuclear war, you can be sure it will be legal. Legal is not always the measure of moral action. Slavery was legal. Segregation was legal. Money laundering is, for the Falwells, legal. It is the way they do business: legal. Now we need to find out who makes those laws. We already know that there are people more than willing to walk boldly with their legality. Bombs away!

At 3:58 PM, Blogger Rebecca said...

Where is Falwell quoted as saying anything like this? Are you certain he knew that Hutcherson was playing to part of Slim Shady all along? I don't agree with the man's doctrine, but it amazes me how Falwell is always blamed for anything that goes wrong in the Burg. I think he was even to blame for trash tags....
As far as Hutcherson goes, I never cared for his personality, but I never though he was doing illegal activities with other people's money. If he is guilty, and he has been convicted of being just that, I could care less that he is somewhat of a local celebrity. Wrong is wrong for anyone, and punishment should not be rescinded or lessened in any way due to who he is.

At 11:10 PM, Blogger B O B said...

Hi Rebecca I this is what Falwell said on his written statement according to WSET:

"I'm sure all of Lynchburg is saddened by the entire matter. As Christians, we have a clear mandate to pray for the mayor and his family, and everyone involved or hurt in this situation."

At 7:46 PM, Anonymous Christopher J Smith said...

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