What is wrong with our district attorney?
The case of Robert K. Paulk shows that our district attorney is either incompetent or just plain lazy. How can someone have 31 different counts all stemming from domestic violence and be able to plead guilty to one of the lesser charges and have all the others just disappear?
Paulk was indicted for two counts of kidnapping, one count of first-degree stalking, two counts of second-degree assault, five counts of third-degree assault, two counts of fourth-degree assault, one count of third-degree criminal mischief, three counts of coercion, one count of burglary, two counts of criminal trespass, eleven counts of violating a restraining order and one count of interfering with a report of domestic violence.
Assistant District Attorney Scot Leaders states that he reached an appropriate resolution by letting him get by with a five year sentence with all but 14 months suspended. Due to the fact he has been incarcerated for about nine months and could get a third of the time taken off for good behavior, he could be out very soon.
Paulk has shown a great disregard for the law and the rights of others and he has gotten by with a slap on the wrist by our judicial system.
Unfortunately for his victims, he will be able to continue his attacks on them knowing that he can get away with almost anything.
What kind of message is this sending to our community, that you can have total disregard for our laws and get by with a minimal punishment.
Unfortunately the victims of domestic violence have to live with the full brunt of the abusers. After seeing what happened in this case, they may not report it due to the district attorney's lack of enthusiasm for prosecuting this type of case.
Another problem with this kind of prosecution is the effects it might have on the law enforcement community. They do all the work to investigate, write reports, arrest and then see all their work is for nothing because the D.A. makes deals instead of going to trial. Then law enforcement workers have to try and do their jobs knowing that they will not be backed up by the District Attorney's office.
In closing, I hope the D.A.'s office will take full responsibility when Paulk gets out and starts stalking, harassing and assaulting this family again. It is truly their sole responsibility that this man will be out there to do this again.
Sheryl Frazier , Kenai
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