REST IN PEACE Jim Pickholtz, killed by Louisiana Mayor
Mayor Brenda Melancon
On Tuesday May 13, 2008 SAM-I-AM published:
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On Monday, October 14, 2007, in Sorrento, Louisiana, the local Mayor, Brenda Melancon, hit and killed a motorcyclist and severely injured his wife. The Mayor said, "I didn't see them coming."
Well, no duh. That's why when you get behind the wheel of a car, you're supposed to follow the laws of driving - and that means stop and look both ways before proceeding. But Mayor Melancon didn't do that. She pulled out of a private drive without stopping or looking and mowed down Jim Pickholtz and his wife, Amy. Jim is dead. Amy has suffered devastating and permanently crippling injuries, and her family is left without income.
And if that isn't bad enough, Amy must live life, such as it is, without her husband now, the love of her life. Their children must now live without their father. Jim was 41 years old. I call that murder, even if the criminal justice system does not. The Pickholtz family are the victims here, as are their extended family and friends. The perpetrator, namely the Mayor, must pay for her failure to value life enough to obey traffic laws. She must pay for her failure to not bother looking. The buck stops here, Mayor Melancon.
Mayor Brenda Melancon was arrested for negligent homicide, negligent injuring, and failure to yield from a private drive, a felony booking in the state of Louisiana. Well that's something anyway. Most of the time, no arrest is made, and often only a traffic ticket is handed out. That's how much value society places on the death of a motorcyclist. So this arrest and charges are a step in the right direction, right?
Well, the Mayor posted bail shortly after being arrested and continued to hold office while going through the legal system, even though she was booked on a felony! Does that make you feel all warm and fuzzy about our justice system?
Now, you can bet your last dollar that had this been you or I, in our civilian jobs, we would be without a job, in a heart-beat. That she was arrested for these crimes, and crimes they are, should warrant suspension in the very least! But the plot thickens..... read on.
Recently, Prosecuting Attorney, Paul Knight, who was working on the criminal case against Mayor Brenda Melancon, has been removed from the case. Hmmmm, do you suppose maybe the Mayor has some behind-the-scenes influence going on here? Maybe the Mayor didn't like Mr. Knight calling a spade a spade.
Well apparently Sam called it cause she just sent this from WAFB.com
Grand jury decides not to indict mayor in connection with deadly crash
Posted: March 17, 2009 06:54 AM
Updated: March 17, 2009 06:54 AM
Sorrento Mayor will not face trial for deadly motorcycle accident -
SORRENTO, LA (WAFB) - A grand jury has decided not to indict the mayor of Sorrento for a deadly motorcycle crash that happened in 2007.
The decision means Mayor Brenda Melancon will not face a trial on a number of charges, including negligent homicide.
Melancon was accused of pulling into the path of a motorcycle in October 2007. The motorcycle hit the mayor's car, throwing both riders.
The driver, 41-year-old James Pickholtz, died at the scene. His wife, Amy, was badly injured, but survived.
Attorney General Buddy Caldwell says there was no gross negligence in this case.
Mayor Melancon was initially booked on negligent homicide, negligent injury, and failure to yield from a private drive charges.
No gross negligence in this case???????????? OH HELL YEAH THERE IS GROSS NEGLIGENCE!!!!!!!!! Or at least GROSS anyway. A FREAKING GROSS MISCARRIAGE OF JUSTICE!!!!!!!!!!Add to Technorati Favorites