Dudley: Judicial system wasn’t tough enough in bank fraud case

To the Editor:

A habitual 12-time bank robber, Elizabeth Rodriguez, and constant thief of others’ identities, recently received a three-and-a-half-year prison sentence, for her 13th bank robbery attempt. OMG!

If a 12-time bank robber (I liken her to Bonnie Parker of Bonnie and Clyde fame) can plea-bargain her way to a three-and-a-half-year prison sentence with conditions of early parole (she pleaded guilty for the crime she was caught red-handed at – Wow, the folks upholding the laws sure know how to drive a hard bargain – makes me want to gag),  seems only fair that a first-time robber of banks should receive a lifetime subscription to “Entrepreneur” magazine, a new car, and a future $25,000 tax deduction from the taxpayers of the town where they were caught robbing them, if they ever file a tax return.

This is another blatant demonstration of the USA’s – but specifically Vermont’s – continual pathetic “Please-don’t” stance on criminals.

Wonder how much money she’s salted away from her life long career of stealing other people’s money?

Now you know where the expression “laughing all the way to the bank” comes from!

We are a haven for criminals. Wonder why? Maybe we should toughen up and slap these folks on the hands with a ruler. Not too hard though. That would hurt, and someone would have to answer to the Civil Liberties Union.

Arm yourself folks! Our present judicial system could care less about the well-being and safety of its law-abiding taxpayers.

Tim Dudley
Shelburne

One Response to "Dudley: Judicial system wasn’t tough enough in bank fraud case"

  1. Daniel Eickenberg   November 1, 2018 at 5:04 pm

    Tim,

    If you think the federal plea-bargain system is bad, take a look at our state system. Police Officers, in this state, catch criminal activity on body cameras and cruiser cameras, on a daily basis, only to see a State’s Attorney scramble for a plea-bargain or deal at the first sign that a defendant may plead not guilty, I have been a Police Officer in this state for almost thirty years and have attended only three trials. Word has been out for a long time that the State plays “let’s make a deal”. This is why we see so many repeat offenders.

    Dan Eickenberg
    Starksboro

    Reply

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