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What’s with the lenient plea bargains?

The Tuesday, Aug. 12, edition featured Liz Kellar’s thorough recounting of Samuel Adams’ alleged extensive criminal history over the last two years.

His list of felonies, misdemeanors and failures to appear are shocking.

However, even more shocking are the many lenient plea bargains, reduced charges, and those “dismissed in the interest of justice.”

Whose justice? Not mine or that of most law-abiding citizens. Dismissing valid and likely sustainable charges does not make my family more safe and secure. That isn’t justice for anyone.

Ms. Kellar didn’t disclose Adams’s source of income. How does he support himself and his alleged drug habit?

If by criminal efforts, then our D.A. and courts are aiding and abetting his criminal career.

A quick look at his rap sheet and court records would tell a real prosecutor that Adams is a career criminal undeserving of further leniency.

Dismissing a misdemeanor or two might be appropriate for a first-time offender who could benefit positively from that discretionary exclusion. It is not appropriate for a frequent flyer jailbird who offends and then re-offends while on bail.

Adams has made a mockery of the Nevada County justice system because of the compassion given him. He has responded to all of us with the well-known single-digit salute, and is probably continuing his criminal activities while waiting for his next court date.

These absurd plea bargains which Cliff Newell and Superior Court judges dream up are enabling Adams — not dissuading him from offending repeatedly. That results in more innocent citizens becoming his victims.

Negligent leniency has not worked. Let’s try “tough love,” with an actual trial on all charges, and consecutive prison terms for every conviction.

In the interest of justice for the rest of our community and residents, how about giving us a break this time?

Frank B. David

Nevada City

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