FATHER: No justice for son

Print Article

I am the father of Clint McDonald, the young disabled man who was severely beaten by William Robertson Jr. Clint is autistic and non-verbal. Clint is not capable of defending himself and canít tell anyone who hurt him.

I spent the entire night at the hospital with him when he had to have one testicle removed. He was scared and didnít know where he was or why he was there. The doctor originally thought it was a tumor that burst and sent a sample to the lab. A week later Clint was back in the emergency room. He had been punched in the face so hard his lip was split. The split went to the back of the cheek and required stitches. Robertson said it was an accident that happened when he was taking Clintís T-shirt off.

The results from the lab came back negative. No tumor. It was blunt force trauma. Robertson was fired and reported to the police department. There was no trial. Robertson pleaded guilty out of court. Judge Eckhart reduced the charge to misdemeanor assault. Robertson was given a choice of 10 days in jail or 40 hours of labor and a $300 fine.

It seems like criminals get more consideration and special treatment than their victims. I am very disappointed in our judicial system. It seems that common sense does not apply anymore.

BRUCE McDONALD

Post Falls

Print Article

Read More Letters to the Editor

DEMOCRATS: God loves you

April 22, 2018 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press Vote for the poor, vote Democratic ó so we can live like a Republican. God hears the cry of the poor, and he will collect every tear! So poor people ó treasure your tears, and be proud to offer the...

Comments

Read More

MERGER: Reasons to worry

April 22, 2018 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press People should be skeptical of the merger between Avista and Hydro One utilities. Both companies assure the public that itís a perfectly routine business deal and no one should be concerned and rate...

Comments

Read More

AMADOR: The best choice

April 22, 2018 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press I am writing to encourage voters to re-elect Paul Amador as our Republican Representative for Idaho House Seat 4B. What a breath of fresh air Paul has been in our community. Iíve always had a deep ...

Comments

Read More

HAGEDORN: For Lt. Governor

April 22, 2018 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press I am writing to endorse Idaho Senator Marv Hagedorn for Lt. Governor. Senator Hagedorn is a Navy veteran who spent 20 years in the military. When he retired and before becoming a State Senator, he fo...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(208) 664-8176
215 N. Second St
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814

©2018 The Coeur d'Alene Press Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X