Letter to the Editor

Prosecutor should be held to law

Friday, August 6, 2004

To the editor:

In response to "Man who pleaded guilty to rape allowed DNA test": Just how many times are the citizens of Cape Girardeau County and the federal government going to let the county prosecutor get away with what appears to be a violation of the law? First the prosecutor gives a pistol back to a felon convicted of a domestic abuse. Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle even admitted doing it. That appears to be a clear violation of federal gun statutes, one that any ordinary person would be sitting in jail for.

Swingle has now been shown to have withheld evidence from a defendant in a rape case that might have cleared the suspect. Whether he did it purposely or not, it is still a clear violation of the rules of discovery and obstruction of justice. Remember, ignorance of the law is no excuse.

How many more laws are going to get broken and how many more people are going to be hurt because the prosecutor will not be held accountable for his actions?

HOWARD LYNN, Scott City