Wheels of justice move slowly today
The trial is over, the perpetrator is found guilty by a jury.
One of the first remarks we hear from the defense is, ”We will appeal.”
In the year 1931 during the Depression, we had a hard-working farmer in our area hearing a commotion in his hog lot. He called the township constable to help him investigate. When they got to the hog lot there were two men attempting to steal some hogs.
Some shots were fired by the perpetrator, farmer and the constable. The farmer and constable were both killed. The perpetrator and his friend got away. In a very short time the culprits were apprehended.
A trial was held in the Putnam County Courthouse in Ottawa. The instigator of this crime was sentenced to death, his cohort received a prison sentence. This crime had taken place in the fall. In March 1932, ”Old Sparky” ended the life of the guilty culprit. He is buried in a graveyard with no marker.
At the present time it costs $24,000 or more to house a convicted felon. If an appeal is conducted the cost is $500,000 to $1 million.
There have been some prisoners on death row since the late 1980s.
Justice grinds on very slowly.
— Herb Bushong, Elida