In a country divided by politics and usually divided along party lines, the one thing most of us can usually agree on is that our court system should focus on justice not political or personal considerations. Too often personal and political goals are the focus in the empire Mike Little has built in his capacity as Liberty County District Attorney. And the same is becoming true more and more often for our new County Attorney, Wes Hinch.
The most recent example according to Liberty Dispatch’s sources is the scheme Wes Hinch and Mike Little have developed to deal with the high profile case known now as “the Cleveland rape case”. Sources have told us Hinch has already indicated he will push for probation rather than incarceration in order to conceal any strategy or any evidence that would tip defense attorneys for the accused adults in their later court battle with Mike Little and Joe Warren.
If justice is the goal in this case, we must all wonder how Hinch has already decided what the penalties for the accused ought to be before hearing from all of the key witnesses in this case. Because he is new to being a prosecutor, we must wonder if Hinch is still in the defense attorney mode. Or does he only do whatever Mike Little tells him? All of these juveniles accused of raping an eleven year old girl will have a defense attorney. For our justice system to work Hinch needs to play the role we pay him to play. Mike Little is a big boy. He shouldn’t need this kind of help to prove his case. Again and again, Mike Little either acts immorally, unethically or illegally to gain an advantage against the people he prosecutes and their attorneys.
Let the lawyer for the accused figure out how to convince a jury that all of the people involved in the small school district in Cleveland had no idea what grade or how old the victim was. Let a jury decide whether an eleventh grader should get probation for having sex with a sixth grader. This girl and her parents should not have to worry about Hinch and Little’s personal political games. This girl and her parents deserve a competent and vigorous attempt to prosecute each and every accused rapist in this case. Let the facts and the laws settle this matter, not political ambitions and friendships within the legal community.
Liberty Dispatch is scratching our head on this case. Is Wes Hinch simply as lazy as some say he is and that is why he would go along with some kind of plea deal and probation? Or is Hinch as incompetent in the courtroom as some of his detractors say and he does simply not want to blow a case some people may think is open and shut? Or is Hinch blinded by friendship or some deal he has with Mike Little? Is Little promising to back Hinch as his replacement if he helps set up a big court win for him? Or is it all of the above?