Punishment

Posted Wednesday, Apr. 03, 2013  comments  Print Reprints
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Can you please explain why former Johnson County Commissioner John Matthews got four years in prison for stealing from his government employer and gets out of prison in eight months? Who is helping him get such soft treatment? (See: "Ex-Johnson commissioner to be released from prison," Monday)?

It is not that I object to his light sentence, but I do question the amount of time he actually served. I am confused about why other defrauders and stealers of public funds can get much longer sentences for very much the same kind of thing for which he was convicted.

In general, I would say that the public is denied adequate information, through the press and TV broadcasts, about our justice system and how it works.

I get the distinct impression that our justice system is not fair and balanced.

How about starting with more profiles of judges and parole boards and the decisions they make?

-- Don Adams, Arlington

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