Archive for Saturday, February 2, 2013

Letter: Abuse enforcement

February 2, 2013


To the editor:

On Jan. 29, the Journal-World carried two articles regarding animal abuse.

Byron Anthony Snowton was found guilty of misdemeanor animal cruelty in the case regarding the abuse of his dog, who I am happy to see had “no permanent damage” according to the Lawrence Humane Society. Snowton apparently had been arrested shortly after the Oct. 24 incident and is now facing sentencing in the matter.

The other story referenced the Dec. 14 incident at the Beta Theta Pi fraternity where a turkey was teased, tortured and killed as part of a fraternity event. This incident was witnessed by dozens of individuals, and yet over a month and a half later, “no arrests have been made and no charges have been filed” and “officers continue conducting interviews” in the case.

I sincerely hope there are good reasons for the apparent discrepancy in swift and significant legal responses to these incidences. Likewise, I hope those responsible for committing animal abuse at Beta Theta Pi will soon face charges. If no arrests are made or charges filed, I suspect this will lead many to question whether other factors than consistent enforcement of the law were at work.


bearded_gnome 1 year, 2 months ago

yes, our DA is most questionable, weak, lax, poor, floppy, too quick to plea bargain, etc. I agree with your comments in this LTE Jill. I hope that the frat is not ducking out because a powerful person(s) is pulling levers.

^^good reasons for the apparent discrepancy in swift and significant legal responses to these incidences.

---think you might've been looking for "incidents" instead especially in common police association. our english language is drifting badly thanks to TV and electronics.


jevenator 1 year, 2 months ago

Actually, it's not the DA's matter yet. The officers need to complete their investigation before the case is turned over to the DA's office.


Number_1_Grandma 1 year, 2 months ago

Bottom line: We have a weak DA in Branson!

Vote in next elections for anyone other than him. We can't do any worse than what we got in a DA now.


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