I hope the Spokesman sends a reporter to the meeting mentioned below. I will be looking for a report and questioning why there isn't one if such is the case.
SR Edit: Assault Victim Denied Justice
Full Saturday editorial here
Incomprehensibly, 1st District Magistrate Debra Heise, of Sandpoint, brokered a plea bargain in which Davis pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery rather than aggravated battery, a felony that carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison. Heise threatened to dismiss the charges, allegedly telling Boundary County Prosecutor Jack Douglas that "boys will be boys." She sentenced Davis to 20 days on a work detail and ordered him to pay his victim's medical bills.
The sentence was woefully inadequate, regardless of whether Davis' actions and comments meet the criteria for a hate crime. A teenage girl suffered first- and second-degree burns on her legs, arm and buttocks and faces extensive reconstructive surgery as a result of the thuggish assault. Heise's dismissive attitude toward this heinous crime raises serious questions about her judgment. So does her decision that a hate crime didn't occur because the victim wasn't Jewish. The favorable treatment given the witness by local law officers and a possible conflict of interest involving the defense attorney raise more questions. One thing is certain – Ilaura Fleck was denied justice -- DFO/Spokesman-Review.
DFO: As I mentioned Friday night, human-rights leaders from throughout North Idaho will be meeting today to discuss this case and what should be done about this unreasonable sentence. Also, WorldNetDaily, a conservative online news service with a huge following, published a copy of the Bonner County Bee story about the crime and Magistrate Debra Heise's ruling. This one's far from over.