LETTER TO THE EDITOR: View looks good from cheap seats

To the editor:

Things are slow in the winter around here but some good drama can be found outside the local theatre, particularly with the perverse (yet theatrical) legal system in this country. Here’s my view from Row 6, Seat 9 of a legal thriller now playing locally.

A distraught deputy prosecutor dismissed from her job at the county when failing to show up for work for a few months is played by Absent Amy Dempsey. Aiding and abetting her claim for retribution is personal injury lawyer Pugnacious Peter Moote. The protagonist is none other than our idealistic prosecuting attorney, Greg (Nose to the Grindstone) Banks. The audience is the citizens of Island County who, as usual, end up financing the drama and enduring its consequences.

The plot starts out simple enough but soon evolves as absent Amy starts work in June of ’06 but quits coming to the office a few months later, claiming the election campaign made work just too uncomfortable. Prosecutor Banks fires her after two months of absence.

But Amy has been doing her homework and knows the ropes, so her side proceeds to file a lawsuit for $1 million claiming lost wages, emotional distress and the like. Unfortunately the audience, that’s us, is denied the revealing courtroom showdown when the dealer in this high stakes drama, the county insurance company, folds their cards in favor of a $300,000 out-of-court settlement rather than pay six figures in legal fees to defend our public servant.

The curtain drops, Pugnacious Peter naturally claims that justice has been accomplished, and many in the audience question whether this is intermission or curtain time. To the delight of some, the curtain rises to reveal a new squabble when Grindstone Greg asks that absent Amy not be allowed to act as a pro term judge in Island County, contending she’s anything but “objective” with respect to the prosecutor’s office. Amy’s corner sees it differently and quite curiously uses the local press to publicize the “favorable employment recommendation” that was a condition of the out-of-court settlement, as if this proves anything.

Fortunately, the box office abhors a downer, so the play ends happily with Banks and the prosecutor’s office efficiently going about their business of administering justice in Island County.

One suspects the author of such a drama intended a message of some sort. From the cheap seats, I’d offer that despite such glaring abuses, our legal system is the best we’ve got, and when not manipulated, actually works quite well.

Dean Enell


More in Letters to the Editor

IDIPIC needs volunteers to serve as speakers, helpers

Editor, In 2017, the Impaired Driving Impact Panel of Island County presented… Continue reading

Vote ‘yes’ to maintain island’s library services

Editor, I am writing to encourage you to vote yes for libraries.… Continue reading

Check you facts when talking gun control

Editor, In Lorinda Newton’s March 10 letter, she contends that states with… Continue reading

Guns need as much, if not more, training as cars

Editor, Lorinda Newton’s March 10 letter makes a great argument for the… Continue reading

If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have them

Editor, Each mass shooting grieves my soul, be it at a school,… Continue reading

Need to start listening to children about guns

Editor, The latest advice from conservative Newt Gingrich: “Let’s arm teachers.” What… Continue reading

Don’t miss out on Uganda’s dancers Friday

Editor, South Whidbey Islanders: Please rejoice and welcome the dozen-plus young people… Continue reading

We’re still blowin’ in the wind

Editor, Over 50 years ago, Bob Dylan recorded “Blowin’ in the Wind,”… Continue reading

I – 1600 volunteer because healthcare is a human right

Editor, Whole Washington is an ambitious group of citizens and health care… Continue reading

Council should focus on commercial incentives

Editor, The underlying concern expressed in the South Whidbey Record’s editorial “Live… Continue reading

Machine Shop offers valuable enrichment

Editor, As a South Whidbey resident and mother of three, I was… Continue reading

Let’s just keep young people out of Langley

Editor, To the members of Langley Association of Neighbors Downtown in the… Continue reading