This was a rough week. Trump said it would be and boy was he right. Even a broke clock is right twice a day! Not only are we losing thousands of Americans everyday, tens of thousands of fellow human beings weekly, but we had a few setbacks in proactive stings this week as well.
Another families son received word on his appeal. I just happened upon it – as I was reading through current WA state supreme court case opinions – so I wan’t prepared. I’m not sure I could have been prepared regardless. This families son, just 20 when caught in a sting – same as Jace – but who was sentenced to an unthinkable 10 years, lost all points of his appeal. Another man in these stings also lost his appeal, he is sentenced to life.
When I read the opinion, as they are called, I had a very physical reaction. As others have mentioned, the need to get back to ‘normal’ is so very strong for those of us who have lived in such deep pain, that we almost forget what that pain felt like, after we are released. The moment I read that case opinion, I felt that heavy weight lay back down on my heart. I couldn’t breath. I started crying. The old emotions, that I lived with for 20 months, flooded back all at once in full force. It is unbearable to me what this other family, what so many families, what I myself – have all gone though – are still going through.
The same day I read this boys fate, I also read another mans appeal opinion. His case opinion angered me and I wanted to share a piece with you all to show what we in WA state are dealing with. This next section is an excerpt from that opinion:
“The evidence shows that, after the two reached an agreement in their text message conversation to have sex, Mr. Harbour followed all instructions from “Kaylee” to travel to the sting house. He affirmed his identity and presence of condoms as agreed. The possibility that he lied about the condoms or might have had alternative plans after arriving is irrelevant. A rational fact finder could conclude he took overt acts that corroborated his expressed verbal intent to have sex with“Kaylee.” “
Wait….he lied about having condoms, yet him saying he would bring condoms was used against him to show intent?
He may have changed his mind once he got to the location if he found she WAS a child but that is IRRELEVANT? No mention is made of whether he BELIEVED ‘Kaylee’ was a minor, something that is required in the statute for attempted rape.
What the police are getting away with continues to confuse and baffle us.
When will this end?