Clackamas County deputy gets 13 years
Yet Another Miscarriage of Justice: Clackamas County deputy gets off easy with 13 years
Once again, the stenographers in the MSM have shown how the scales of justice are gamed by the heavy thumb of the state.
The mentality and philosophy of modern law enforcement was plain to see once again in the recently quoted comments of Clackamas County deputy David Verbos, his wife, friends, superiors, and colleagues. And, as usual, the MSM dutifully records their callously arrogant and ethically corrupt views without question.
Verbos, you will recall, is the CCSO deputy that went on a drug-crazed crime spree last winter, committing four separate armed robberies over a four week time period.
Brandishing his service weapon and shouting threats like: "Stand still or I'll shoot you," "I'll take out your kidney," and "If you get on the phone, I'll come back and kill you," Verbos robbed a bank and a "Check into Cash" store of thousands of dollars, as well as two pharmacies - one of which was in his patrol district and which he had sworn to protect - of thousands more worth of controlled opiates.
The O, in its usual role as covert apologist, serves up a gimmee for this violent, hop-head-in-blue with this jewel: "On Nov. 29, finding himself drug-addicted and deep in financial trouble, Verbos called in sick and robbed the Target pharmacy."
So, ONE DAY he just FOUND himself drug-addicted and in deep financial trouble, and he - naturally - called in sick and robbed a pharmacy. Now that's some real fair and impartial reporting for ya, ain't it?
On March 15th 2006, three and a half months after his arrest, Verbos suddenly reversed his plea to guilty and was convicted on "five (5) charges involving armed robberies of retail establishments and a bank". He was originally scheduled for sentencing on May 23rd, 2006 but after a (lengthy) delay, was finally sentenced last Thursday, September 14th,
... to just 13 years in federal prison.
According to the McMinnville News-Register:
During the THREE-hour sentencing hearing, three people testified on behalf of Verbos: an Army National Guard medic who claimed Verbos saved his life from afar (Verbos sent him an extra flak jacket from his locker), a psychiatrist who claimed Verbos would benefit more from treatment than incarceration, and an employee at Rex Putnam High, where Verbos was once school resource officer, who said he was well-liked and well-respected during his term there.
Verbos' defense attorney, Des Connall, argued for leniency:
"Meth addicts get hooked in search of highs, he said, but Verbos' addiction grew out of medical treatment for extremely painful conditions. And while the fear he instilled in his victims was "unfortunate," he said, Verbos never carried a loaded weapon or meant any harm."
The MSM doesn't come right out and say so, but their reports would lead you to believe this is a sad, but significant victory for justice that shows that cops don't get special consideration. After all, while Connall argued for only five years, prosecutor Jonathan Haub held out for 15.
Sounds great right? 13 is a lot closer to 15 than it is to 5, so justice was served, correct? That cop got only 2 years worth of special consideration, so what's the beef?
Count 4 of his indictment "charged a federal firearm violation for carrying a firearm in connection with the bank robbery. Federal law provides a SEPARATE and CONSECUTIVE sentence of AT LEAST 5 years imprisonment for carrying or using a firearm in connection with a federal crime of violence. The maximum punishment is LIFE imprisonment." [Emphasis mine]
Not to mention that, "[t]he government agreed to dismiss Count 6 of the indictment, which charged a SECOND federal firearms count for use of a handgun in connection with a federal crime of violence." Which is another of way of saying that they knocked off another AUTOMATIC, SEPARATE and CONSECUTIVE sentence of AT LEAST five MORE years, in their deal.
Subtracting that mandatory MINIMUM of 5 years from his 13-year sentence, we see that Verbos got a whopping 8 years for FOUR separate armed robberies - or a measly two years apiece!
Since "Armed Bank Robbery carries a maximum punishment of 25 years imprisonment, and Obstruction of Interstate Commerce by Robbery carries maximum penalties of 20 years imprisonment and fines of $250,000 for each violation," by my account, Verbos could have gotten 85 years on these charges alone. He got 8. I ask you: was justice served?
And since the penalty for being poor, different, mentally or physically impaired, or the least bit non-compliant with the long arm of the law - regardless of the reason or circumstance - is to be immediately and summarily executed, I ask you, is justice blind?
"I threw away a good career," said a weeping Verbos. "The hardest part was to see some of my colleagues investigate me."
If all that wasn't bad enough, the dutiful stenographers of the MSM allow the privileged inner elite of law enforcement to add insult to injury with their pitifully pious attempts to explain away their complicity in the whole sordid affair. The O's article states:
"Court documents and interviews with those who knew Verbos, however, show there were signs Verbos was headed for trouble months and even YEARS before he committed his crimes."
"Some colleagues within the sheriff's office knew David Verbos called in sick a lot, was continuing to take pain medication, sweated profusely and was hard up for money."
"Doreen White, a Clackamas County 9-1-1 dispatcher and friend, told sheriff's investigators that she knew Verbos was addicted and confronted him in the summer of 2005, telling him he needed to seek drug rehabilitation treatment.
"She said she knows Mr. Verbos would have ended up either dead or in prison if he would have continued the way he was," wrote Detective Erin Brisben, who interviewed White and wrote the investigative report. "She said he was really mad at her for saying these things about his addiction. She said she told him, 'I can't make you go to rehab, I can't hold a gun to you and make you do that.' "
"David Verbos' wife, Melanie Verbos, had concerns, too. According to the investigative report, Melanie Verbos had told her husband she worried that if he was involved in an officer-involved shooting with all the pain meds in his system, the sheriff's office would learn of his drug problem."
"Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts said his office should have been more tuned into signs of drug addiction. Roberts said the sheriff's office is revising its drug policy to try to prevent drug-addicted employees from slipping through the system."
So David Verbos is upset because he threw away his career and is humiliated by being investigated by his colleagues. --- Poor baby. Boo-fuckin-Hoo.
And Roberts is going to get "tuned in" to the mysterious signs of drug addiction (I DARE say - aren't they the ones educating the rest of us about how to tell if our kids are on dope?) and is revising policy (well, that'll change things!) to TRY (no promises though, so don't blame us if it happens again) to prevent ADDICTS (casual users are A-OK) from "slipping" (see? It's nobody's fault - they just slip) through the system." --- Thank goodness that's settled!
And a friend and fellow public safety officer, professes concern only for Verbos "ending up dead or in prison," and yet does nothing. --- No mention is made though, of the hapless public (who's safety she's sworn to uphold and protect) ending up dead.
And Verbos' wife, who he met at Rex Putnam High, worried only that the CCSO would discover his drug problem if he was involved in an officer-involved shooting! ---- Fuck the poor unfortunate you just shot honey, your boss is going to find out you're high!
Even The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST), who's board "has the legislative mandate to establish and enforce the physical, mental, and moral fitness standards for all law enforcement officers, telecommunicators and emergency medical dispatchers in the state," views ethical behavior as a skill, the failure of which "may have devastating consequences on the career and life of the public safety officer and his or her family."
It's reassuring and comforting to know the department of PUBLIC safety standards is more concerned about the effect of unethical behavior on the perpetrator of said sleaze and his family than they are with the victim and his family.
From the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office website:
Law Enforcement Code of Ethics
As a law enforcement officer, my fundamental duty is to serve the community; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation and the peaceful against violence or disorder; and to respect the constitutional rights of all to liberty, equality and justice.
I will keep my private life unsullied as an example to all and will behave in a manner that does not bring discredit to me or to my agency. I will maintain courageous calm in the face of danger, scorn or ridicule; develop self-restraint; and be constantly mindful of the welfare of others. Honest in thought and deed both in my personal and official life, I will be exemplary in obeying the law and the regulations of my department. Whatever I see or hear of a confidential nature or that is confided to me in my official capacity will be kept ever secret unless revelation is necessary in the performance of my duty.
I will never act officiously or permit personal feelings, prejudices, political beliefs, aspirations, animosities or friendships to influence my decisions. With no compromise for crime and with relentless prosecution of criminals, I will enforce the law courteously and appropriately without fear or favor, malice or ill will, never employing unnecessary force or violence and never accepting gratuities.
I recognize the badge of my office as a symbol of public faith, and I accept it as a public trust to be held so long as I am true to the ethics of police service. I will never engage in acts of corruption or bribery, nor will I condone such acts by other police officers. I will cooperate with all legally authorized agencies and their representatives in the pursuit of justice.
I know that I alone am responsible for my own standard of professional performance and will take every reasonable opportunity to enhance and improve my level of knowledge and competence.
I will constantly strive to achieve these objectives and ideals, dedicating myself before God to my chosen profession...law enforcement.
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