Don Garrison
Retired East Fork Justice of the Peace

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December 13, 2012
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Crime cried out for incarceration


I could not believe my eyes when I read the Dec. 5, 2012 article in The Record-Courier concerning an assault that took place in a 2011 incident at Stateline, Nevada. For some unknown reason a Zachary Peck, 26, of Half Moon Bay, Calif. attacked and almost killed a 44-year-old man from Livermore, Calif., and either Peck or his friends injured the man's 21-year-old son.

Mr. Paul Hoehne received a possible life sentence of pain and disfigurement from the 2011 incident at Stateline. Mr. Peck received a suspended 32-month sentence and was placed on five years probation for his actions. Big deal.

As a retired justice court judge I have never criticized another judge for their sometimes obnoxious findings and sentences. I do in this case.

I wonder if this sentence was partially due to the fact that both men are from out of state and no one here really gives a damn about them or what happened. If the same situation occurred here involving two locals, the courtroom would have been full of people crying out for justice.

For the severe injuries involved, the judge stated that putting Mr. Peck in jail would only serve as punishment. That statement to me is completely asinine and an insult to the intelligence of people working in law enforcement and the citizens of this county.

Apparently, the judge does not believe in an eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth, which comes from the Bible.

Because of these types of court decisions, it's no wonder many people feel the need to carry a weapon for self protection. If Mr. Hoehne would have been armed the Judge in this case may not have had to make a decision at all. Jails and prisons were built for the purpose of holding and punishing those who broke the laws or took the lives, or seriously injured unprovoked citizens. Mr. Peck spent one day or less in jail for his actions. I also find Mr. Peck's remarks that because of his felony conviction he will be ineligible for employment with the FBI, CIA, or the National Security Agency, an absolute joke.

I personally believe that Mr. Peck is destined in time to be before another Judge who does believe in punishment and will be incarcerated for something, as in the case of O.J. Simpson.

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The Record Courier Updated Dec 13, 2012 07:10PM Published Dec 13, 2012 07:09PM Copyright 2012 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.