No '18 investigation led to huge waste of public funds
15, 2018, following the Masontown Peach Street shooting, wasted a ton of pubic money on an innocent man's prison housing for
nearly two years that bail was denied and another ton, ridiculously, on legal costs and a trial.
Although the trial ended three days ago on Thursday with an acquittal on all homicide and aggravated assault charges and
Shellhammer was released from prison a few hours later, the tab of the total cost to taxpayers to pay for police, county investigators
and county prosecutors not investigating the accused's self-defense statement likely won't be known for some time.
Then, don't forget, there could be -- no, there should be -- additional costs of any possible civil court procedure and possible
settlement to tack on, should the innocent man jailed for nearly two years without bail file such a wrongful prosecution case.
Citizens have a right to hold those accountable public servants responsible for not following through with what any rookie cop,
investigator or prosecutor knows is basic, general, by the book investigation protocol, to check out an alibi or statement. Not even just
rookie cops, but anyone ever watching television cop or detective shows or movies knows so much.
As we here at Rants&Raves too often feel a need to ask whether certain public servants are just plain stupid or downright crooked,
here we are, once again, at that same place, asking again.
And, RANTS about it, because these officials don't just seem stupid.
We can't and shouldn't just write off their not investigating Shellhammer's claim as mere stupidity. Just because the county has liability
insurance nowadays and Shellhammer's criminal prosecution is nowhere near as extreme a consequence of the 27 years that
prosecutorial misconduct forced Munshinski to be falsely convicted and incarcerated, the actions of police, county investigators and
county prosecutors can't be overlooked or blown off.
State or federal investigators should be buzzing into Fay to inquire why:
should be determined by outside, impartial investigators.
Until an outside, impartial investigator documented that it was all just stupidity on the part of the specific police, county investigators
and county prosecutors, we have to believe the actions may be more on the lines of criminal in nature, begging to be addressed by
real police and real investigators.