Blohm Letter to the Editor 10/18/19

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To the Editor:

Regarding any purported crimes, we have all heard the related admonitions, “innocent until proven guilty” and “the right to a fair trial.” But how far in a civilized society do we have to bend over backwards to fulfill those propositions?

I’m referring to a newspaper’s story, “Trial delayed again for Tibbetts’ murder suspect.” The defendant’s legal team has “won” a change of venue from Poweshiek County to Woodbury County and a second trial delay to February 2020. The suspect in this nationally publicized case has basically confessed to abducting Mollie Tibbetts while she was on a run, and she was subsequently found stabbed to death, body hidden in a cornfield.

The suspect’s attorneys are focused on, among other things, whether he was properly informed of his rights when arrested. As a layman, the only issue I can see to be determined is whether he is “awarded” a lesser sentence than life imprisonment with no chance of parole.

Two things I take away from this abomination: 1) There is no county in Iowa where the citizenry have never heard and opinionated on the Tibbetts murder, and 2) the murder suspect undoubtedly has no resources to fund his defense, which of course, means the citizens of Iowa are stuck for that while his legal team’s meter keeps running.

William D. Blohm


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