Never Forget: Leniency is for the Powerful
Will Grigg’s Liberty Minute
November 1, 2012
Former Idaho State Senator John McGee served 39 days in jail after pleading guilty to a single charge of disturbing the peace. McGee had been accused of repeatedly making obscene propositions to a female employee in his office at the state Capitol.
Several months earlier, McGee had been arrested after he commandeered – and wrecked – an SUV that didn’t belong to him during a drunken rampage. In that incident, the felony theft charge was dropped and McGee pleaded guilty to a single DUI count. McGee’s predatory conduct toward the staffer occurred while he was on probation.
Ada County Prosecutor Jean Fisher, who earned a reputation for pursuing sex offenders, displayed unusual moderation in dealing with McGee. In several encounters McGee had unwanted physical contact with the victim; on at least one occasion he exposed himself to her. Under Idaho law those acts constitute, at a minimum, felonious indecent exposure; at worst they qualify as aggravated assault with intent to commit a serious felony, which is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
Idahoprisons are filled with common citizens who committed non-violent offenses that injured nobody but themselves. As a member of the political class, McGee committed serious offenses against persons and property and suffered the mildest possible consequences.
Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.