Friday, June 06, 2008

Holding judges accountable

Metro Nashville Police issue a heart wrenching press release regarding the death of a 10 month old girl. From the press release

This is not the first time Sudberry has been charged with abusing a child. He pleaded guilty in Criminal Court last August to a charge of child abuse for striking his then girlfriend’s three-year-old daughter with a shoe and leaving marks and bruises. Sudberry received a three-year probated sentence.

Last July, Sudberry was charged with statutory rape for having sexual relations with a 17-year-old girl, who became pregnant. He pleaded guilty in General Sessions Court to attempted statutory rape on July 24th. He received a sentence of 11 months, 29 days. All but 60 days of that sentence was suspended and he was directed to remain on supervised probation for the remainder.

On March 8th of this year, Sudberry was arrested on charges of driving on a suspended license and evading arrest. He was convicted of both charges on May 9th. He was sentenced to two hours on the driver license charge and 90 days on the evading arrest charge. The 90-day sentence was not put into effect so long as Sudberry did not reoffend during the three-month period.

Just yesterday they sent out BOLO on a fellow with 201 prior arrests. It's no wonder our police department is overworked when judges won't do their part. If the press wants to help fight crime, they'll include the names of these judges so we'll have some idea of who else to hold accountable for the death of this child. As a convicted rapist he should have still been in jail and had he been, a 10 month old would still be alive.

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