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Citizens have rights


To the editor:

In reply to the Deputy Bob Spickard case and to set the record straight:  In my opinion Deputy Spickard, the sheriff, the states attorney and the two sitting judges in Logan County either knew or should have known that every citizen has the right to remain silent during any and all police investigations, civil or criminal, before, during or after you are arrested. From a case involving a litigant by the name of Miranda and heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1966 was born the "Miranda rights," the right if you have been arrested to remain silent or your right to have an attorney present during interrogations.

As reported by this newspaper, and by Deputy Spickardís own admission, he attacked Mr. Gleason because he refused to cooperate in his investigation, and that was the reason Officer Spickard stated he entered Gleasonís home. This officer was wrong, dead wrong, in my opinion, for entering this home under the circumstances outlined in all the reports I have read. The police are not allowed to enter your home without your permission without a search warrant. Read the U.S. Constitution, and these rights and the previous rights I have outlined in this letter must be protected by law enforcement and the courts, not violated by them.

As for the Gleason family being bad people, it is no excuse, in my opinion, for this deputy or any officer of the law to violate their rights or our rights. If we allow the police to violate the rights of people of low social standing, then later on none of us will be safe from their wrath.

Most of the comments that I have heard regarding this issue, in support of Officer Spickard and the local police departments, defy the law, in my opinion. It is further my opinion this officer should be disciplined for his conduct and not be receiving donations to pay his legal bills.

As for him being found innocent of any wrongdoing by his peers, the finding is a direct result of the masses not knowing the law, in my opinion. Deputy Bob Spickard would have been found guilty if this would have been heard by a judge who knows the law instead of a jury, in my opinion. Bench trials are also much less expensive. Maybe now you can guess why Spickard chose the jury route instead of the less expensive way.

In the future, stand up for your rights. Know the law, don't be fooled.

Citizens for Justice, Inc.

Lester C. Van Bibber III





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