Stand up for the Constitution

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For the past couple of days I have taken quite a bit of verbal abuse on my recent letter to the editor. I would like to explain.

For over 200 years all of us, by virtue of our citizenship, have pledged to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America. All of us have agreed to abide by the rules that are embodied in that piece of paper and all of the case law that has defined it.

Men have died in wars protecting those rights. Our elected officials have sworn to uphold those rights. And it is the law of the land and has withstood numerous challenges and the test of time.

One of those precious rights is the freedom to be tried by a jury of our peers, not one man with a shotgun. A man cannot set himself up as judge, jury and executioner; he has to allow "the system" to work. He cannot "put himself in danger" and then claim "he was threatened" in order to justify the taking of another life.

He cannot arm himself and chase a subject to shoot him in the back to extract his own justice.

This, I feel, shows premeditation and intent. Our elected officials cannot make the decision to not enforce the law just because it is "the most politically expedient" way of doing things. They have sworn to uphold that same Constitution.

I find it totally hypocritical that the same people who would support the Constitution would now turn their backs on it in favor of vigilante justice. I find it disgusting that those who took office, by laying their hand on a Bible and swearing to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America, now are more worried about votes than doing their duty.

That is why I think we have to have a completely open and honest investigation by an outside agency. I believe in that Constitution, every veteran who has ever served to uphold that Constitution and everyone who has ever died for it. I would ask everyone to stand up, not for the victim, but for the Constitution and against vigilante justice.

I have been assured by Sheriff John Turner that when his investigation is complete it will be fair and complete. I will withhold further judgment until I can get a copy of that report.

Bruce McCutcheon
Walla Walla

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