2018-09-06 / Views

Is justice slow or inept?

In the case of William F. Minore, is justice blind? Is it just slow? Or is it inept?

We are all judges of our justice system. In the case of Mr. Minore, the one thing you can say for sure is that justice is slow.

So when does slow turn to inept?

Mr. Minore was indicted in a state court for robbing Huntington Bank in Empire on Sept. 7, 2016 — roughly two years ago. County Prosecutor Joseph T. Hubbell won authority on appeal to enter evidence of two other bank robberies in Benzie County during the Leelanau trial.

But with a trial date approaching, the U.S. Department of Justice in April intervened, asking Leelanau County to yield to federal authority. That made sense, as the feds planned to seek convictions for all three robberies in one trial rather than holding separate trials in Leelanau and Benzie counties.

The case went astray when a U.S. Magistrate ruled that not enough evidence had been presented to bind Mr. Minore over. He later was convicted of possession of a Taser in Grand Traverse County, but has been free since.

The feds are supposedly ready to pounce with a grand jury indictment. Or not. Who knows?

We do know that it’s not fair to Mr. Minore or the residents of Leelanau County to let this case linger.

A question to our federal employees in Grand Rapids: Can you hear us in Leelanau County?

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