Unfit to serve
There are five key components to justice: rehabilitation, retribution, deterrence, punishment and incapacitation. We prosecute people in America to serve one or all of these purposes, to rehabilitate the offender, give retribution to victims and affected parties, deter others from committing similar crimes, give criminals their just deserts and keep dangerous, would-be recidivists from doing harm to the public. In Rick Boling’s letter requesting Matt Bevin’s pardon of Dayton Jones, not only has he so gravely insulted a victim, this community and this legal system, but he has flouted the fundamentals of justice itself. He has rewarded Dayton and Tony Jones for their utter lack of remorse and sold out the framework of American justice, his integrity and his professionalism, for a meager $3,000. He is unfit to serve and unfit to practice law in this country.
I was the pretrial officer responsible for monitoring Dayton Jones in Christian County for the great majority of his pretrial release. Each Wednesday, he and his grandfather, Tony Jones, would come into my office, nestled in the back corner of the Christian County Justice Center. We’d meet for 10-20 minutes; just as I would with the other three defendants at other days and times. They were on house arrest. So aside from drug tests, meetings with lawyers, counseling sessions — for some of the defendants — or other court approved leaves, that office comprised much of their contact with the outside world.
My meetings with Dayton Jones were different from those with his co-defendants. Fear, remorse, guilt, these emotions didn’t float around the room when Dayton and Tony Jones sat across from me. Rather, they seemed to believe they were being victimized. “This is absurd”, they’d often remark, after the judge would deny another one of their unreasonable bond amendment requests, like for Dayton to go to college online, or work for Jones Bros. Towing and Trucking.
I don’t see much wrong with harboring hope in any tough situation, but remaining hopeful is not what the Joneses were doing. They were living in denial. They didn’t believe these level of charges or attention were warranted. They didn’t believe Dayton deserved to go to prison and, ultimately, seemed to assume that he would get out of it. It was a running joke amongst us at the courthouse, what absurd thing did Dayton Jones request this week and when will he realize he is going to prison for a decade or more?
Rick Boling was not under the impression that he was conveying the wishes of Tony Jones in his letter to then-Gov. Bevin. But what’s worse, as a prosecutor, Rick Boling knew that he was taking up a secret torch for a sex offender, at the behest of one of his campaign donors, regarding a crime for which no remorse had ever been shown. Mr. Boling conveys as much in his letter; not a single mention of the devastating injuries sustained by the minor victim, not one mention of Dayton’s dedication to rehabilitation or change, nothing that would indicate justice had or could be served by his request. He saw in Tony Jones what I saw: callous and oblivious privilege. What chilled me to my bones compelled Christian County’s Commonwealth Attorney to pen a letter to the Kentucky governor asking for the release of a convicted sex offender.
Forget that Rick Boling is now compromised and can’t adequately prosecute the charge of sodomy in the first degree for the rest of his career. Forget that he sprung a violent felon from prison at a cost to the Joneses of $250 per month for uninhibited freedom. Rick Boling has shown that his oath to his community means nothing, that victims mean nothing, that remorse means nothing, that justice means nothing. Clearly, he is unfit to serve.
Resign! No, reside … reside at the federal prison where you happily delivered our families and friends.
The last time I wrote a letter to the The Kentucky New Era was the first time Patty Lynn Pryor ran against Rick Boling for Commonwealth Attorney. At the time I wrote the letter, Pryor was the assistant commonwealth’s attorney to Rick Boling.
The letter was a promotion to vote for Pryor. In my letter, I said if you the citizens of Christian County do not want your children, grand children, fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters and friends to become the meal tickets for the parasites of Christian County, do not vote for Rick Boling. Lynn actually won that election.
So, here we are! Rick is back in office and the fruits of his labor are still stinking.
Boling has the audacity to say God forgives, yet the Chester’s son and nephew been in prison twelve years on a 25-year sentence on a first offense robbery. He had never been in trouble. Was there any forgiveness?
Rick received a campaign donation from the Jones family for $3,000. How much was donated to Rick during this election? How much was donated to him when he ran against Lynn the first time?
They’re building a bigger jail in Christian County. You already know Justice is “Just Us.” As we celebrate The Dr Martin King Holiday, it’s time minorities of Kentucky stop being passive and allowing, not just Rick Boling, but this entire law enforcement system to stop milking the poor and minorities.
The FBI agent from Hopkinsville has requested to come and speak to a group. This needs to happen! I don’t want Rick to Resign, walk away like he allows these Law Officers to do. They resign, keep their benefits and go to the next County. In the meantime people rot in jail.
Mr Commonwealth Attorney, I am concerned about the hypocritical direction of your office. Actually resigning is too good for you.
You need to undo all of the pain and suffering you have inflicted on this community in the past 20 years.
You have taken drug addicts like Kenneth Gray and sent them away for 20 years for being in possession of three rocks. You and your friend at the court knew this man is an addict. Instead of long term rehabilitation, you gave him long term incarceration and flaunted the statistics of your toughness.
We know you routinely allow law enforcement to enhance a less-than eight ounces weed charge by adding tampering with physical evidence. You then incarcerate these people as felons.
You used the Child Support Division to incarcerate hundreds of individuals. People like Travis Thomas and others were repeatedly arrested at their place of employment when the employer did not provide enough hours to cover their Child Support draw.
Mr Thomas was arrested at his place of employment, McDonald’s, many times for $25.00 or less shortfalls. You then used these arrests as justification on other petty charges to incarcerate him for ten years or more. You incarcerated him even when the complaint was withdrawn. You said his child support charges were still grounds to hold him.
Most of the people in the prison system from Christian County are there on non-violent offenses. My question to you, if you have the power to get Mr. Jones out of prison because one year in prison was too harsh, why didn’t you use your power to go and bring fathers, brothers, sisters, mothers, and mates home who you put there on petty charges?
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