Saturday, September 15, 2007

Sheyboygan Press: Asleep at the switch

The furor over Sheboygan County Circuit Judge Timothy Van Akkeren's blunderous ruling to set aside a child molester's conviction just minutes after the jury found him guilty was ignored in today's Sheboygan Press.

The front page on www.sheboyganpress.com contains not one word tonight about this judicial incompetence. Nor has there been any editorial comment (although the Sheboygan newspaper did find time to comment about the contract won by city firefighters).

It's true that I don't spend a lot of time in Sheboygan but I don't think it's that much different than any other Wisconsin city. I'll bet most people would be more fired up about turning a child molester loose minutes after a jury found him guilty than about pay and perks of firefighters.

Where are the stories about this judge's prior rulings? That newspaper is owned by Gannett, hardly a poor company. Can't Gannett spare an investigatve reporter or two?

Of course, the newspaper may be waiting to do something on Sunday. But then again maybe the newspaper is too timid to fully challenge this judge whose brother is a state legislator.

Not only do the citizens of Sheboygan County deserve competent public officials, they deserve a competent newspaper.

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