Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Officer Thomas White - No Trial in Sight

I've written about this piece of human waste before. Cop Shooting - (ex) Officer Thomas White is Still Free is one example, and a casual search will turn up others.  I predicted that this unrepentant criminal wouldn't serve any time, and so far my money is safe.

Here are excerpts from two of the latest stories from The Toledo Blade:

Court Funds Denied for Re-Creation of Shooting by Blade staff writer Jennifer Feehan
An attorney for Thomas White was seeking $18,000 to create a video that would portray the scene from Mr. White’s line of sight. The dashcam video from the officer’s patrol car “sees what Officer White could not,” defense attorney Peter Galyardt argued at a hearing in April.
Mr. White, 33, now of Marion, Ohio, is charged with felonious assault in the May 23, 2009, shooting of Michael McCloskey, who was left paralyzed. In 2010, Mr. White was found guilty of felonious assault with a firearm specification following a jury trial, but his conviction was overturned by Ohio’s 6th District Court of Appeals.
So we, the Great Unwashed, as supposed to pony up $18 large to get some artist to create a video showing that the no good SOB is actually an innocent victim of our screwed up justice system?  Fortunately for all of us the judge turned him down.  Then we get this load of stable dressing, again courtesy of The Toledo Blade.

New Trial Date Vacated for Ex-Police Officer
Lucas County Common Pleas Judge Gary Cook converted the trial date for Thomas White to a pretrial hearing and scheduled arguments on all pending motions for Sept. 1. No new trial date was set.
The attorney is playing the time honored game of stall, stall, stall.  If he's successful, the jury will have forgotten all about the outrageously criminal conduct of ex-officer Thomas White, and will very likely let him walk.

This crime took place on May 23, 2009, when, in an act of abject cowardice, Ottawa Hills police officer Thomas White shot motorcyclist Michael McCloskey in the back, paralyzing him from the waist down.  White is completely unrepentant, which is not unexpected.  In White's mind, he did the right thing and should have been given a medal.

It is now August 30, 2016.  For the past 2656 days, or 7 years, 3 months, and 7 days, ex-officer Thomas White has been walking around a free man, and he should have spent that time in the slammer.

This is a prime example of our screwed up justice system.  A system that insulates the guilty authority figure from the fair and just prison sentence he so richly deserves.

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