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Where is integrity of justice system?

Letter: Crystal Smart Grangeville

Idaho County should make the ones working in their system take responsibility for all their actions, rather than back them up. Those who allow unethical behavior are just as guilty for trying to cover up any wrong. How many claims or lawsuits against Idaho County have been quietly covered up? How many people fought back Idaho County and ended up facing some sort of worse consequence than when they started? How many people have been wronged by Idaho County and their justice system? How many people have been in police custody, taken into a room cut off from the outside world and questioned by officers or detectives without being given a full and effective warning of his/her rights at the outset of the interrogation process? How many people have been taken into a room and experienced some type of police brutality? How many people have been arrested for a DUI, and were not even in the vehicle? How many people know of a domestic situation where police were called and the spouse had a gun, aimed it at the officers and then was allowed to walk away? Can everyone honestly say that none of these ever happened in Idaho County?

Detective work is meant for a reason, to find evidence and facts. Why make statements that a reasonable person should know will likely have a substantial likelihood of heightening public condemnation of the accused and therefore prejudicing any proceeding in the matter? They use any matter they deem necessary to make sure people cannot have a fair trial in the area. Where is the integrity of our public justice system these days?

Where are the people in the system and society who can willingly fight back unethical behavior and correct the problems, rather than agree to go along with it or ignore it? People in other local counties can comment on, “they know how Idaho County is,” but if that’s the case why are you ignoring it and not doing something about it? Yes, it is easier to not get involved and ignore issues rather than making a moral or legal choice, because “they can get away with it.”

Crystal Smart



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