My name is Danielle Crosby (nee Buchholz), and I grew up in the Carson Valley. I attended Jacks Valley Elementary School, CVMS, and DHS with Jeanne Dey. I grew up around the corner from her in Indian Hills, and her family became a part of mine. She was my very first friend in second grade when I moved into the area, and through out 21 years of friendship, I have come to respect her character.
Jeanne is now accused of a crime that she did not commit. Accused being the key word, she has not been found guilty. But in the public’s opinion she has already been condemned.
While we all live under the presumption of innocent until proven guilty, it is astonishing to see that is not exactly how things play out in the public eye — especially in a small town. Though I understand the importance of reporting a crime, and publishing a mugshot, I also understand the importance of investigating a story before publishing it. The embezzlement of a large amount of funds from a national financial institution is a big story, especially in a small town, where one of its own stands accused. So why is this story so one-sided?
There are so many things that are wrong with this case (that would make it seem especially newsworthy) — things that ought to be included in the reporting of the facts of said case.
Such as — the federal government is responsible for investigating crimes committed in or against national or international financial institutions. This means that the FBI is obligated to investigate the accusations of embezzlement from within US Bank, however the FBI was not notified of this crime that occurred, or that an individual is being tried for the crime, until it was recently contacted by Steven Dey in a bid to help his daughter.
That is an interesting tid-bit that your newspaper could have reported.
While my only experience in writing is for the Tiger Beat at Douglas High School — where my articles were subsequently published in this newspaper — and with only that minimum amount of reporting experience — I was told to always question why, until I could not anymore, and to examine every side of the story before reporting on it to maintain my lack of bias. Could your reporting withstand the scrutiny of a high school journalism class?
Did anyone ask her to explain her side of the story?
Did anyone ask how she could not be guilty, or if she had an alternate theory?
Unfortunately it was not. Unfortunately, Jeanne was presumed guilty. And unfortunately, Jeanne was forced to change her plea to guilty on Monday. Jeanne cannot afford to keep fighting to clear her name. She has paid almost $15,000 in attorney’s fees and unfortunately that is not enough to pay her initial counsel to take this to trial. After paying a second attorney a retainer, she was unable to secure a continuance in order to get him enough time to prepare her defense.
So, Jeanne is taking a plea bargain with no other option.
She cannot pay for her defense, so she will pay with her innocence.
I grew up in Gardnerville. I have since moved to Portland, Ore. I graduated from college and have gotten to see a fair bit of the world. But I have always referred back to Gardnerville as a modern day Mayberry. It was a safe little town to grow up in, where everyone knew your name, and neighbors watched out for each other. I always thought that I would come home to Gardnerville at some point to raise my children, but I have my doubts now that I am witnessing this gross miscarriage of justice. Where are the people that should be asking the questions, and looking out for their neighbor?
Because from my point of view Jeanne now stands alone.