I was asked the other day if this blog ever got political and my answer was no that I’d leave the Op Ed pieces to writers who have security cameras at their homes and don’t mind looking over their shoulders as they walk down Meeting Street.
Just after the 2006 school year started, Sean Shevlino age 16 and Michael Anthony age 17 went on a three week crime spree that culminated in robbing a Food Lion grocery store and then a Subway Sandwich Shop with a BB gun. Shevlino wore a ski mask and used a BB gun while Anthony stood as look out during each robbery. Both were later arrested, charged with “armed robbery” and received the “minimum” sentence of 10 years, because of the charges brought against them and because they were tried in adult court.
While the action of both juveniles is undeniably wrong, the sentencing of Sean Shevlino and Michael Anthony in adult court is shockingly absurd. Sending two first time offending juveniles to the Lieber Correctional Institution is simply insane and serves neither the State nor the offender’s justice.
According to the Post and Courier, Charleston prosecutor Scarlet Wilson denies allegations that politics played any role in how the case was handled despite that fact that she is running for her office in the June primary. Wilson blames Solicitor Ralph Hoisington for the plea offer that had been set in motion months ago when he was still alive. Wilson also points out that the Mount Pleasant Police Department endorsed the offer.
Shevlino’s attorney, Frank Cornely, has blamed state lawmakers, who have enacted hard-line mandatory minimum sentences for some crimes.
Now that Wilson, Cornely and the Judge in this case have effectively washed their hands, it is doubtful that either of these two boys will return to society in 10 years (8 ½ if they get parole) to become productive members of our community and outstanding citizens.
It’s interesting to note that Ms. Wilson also denied that politics had anything to do with her firing of deputy solicitor Blair Jennings back in September despite the fact that it was widely known that he would challenge her for the office in March of 2008. Post and Courier Coverage: “Berkeley’s Top Prosecutor Jennings Is Ousted”.
Scarlett Wilson was Appointed by Governor Sanford when the governor’s first choice withdrew from the process.
Meanwhile Wilson’s press secretary, Frank O. Hunt was discovered by the Post and Courier to be the online poster using the name “Afternoondelight” who made no secret of his disdain for criminals (”In one post, “afternoondelight” weighed in on the hunt for suspects in a North Charleston killing: “Let’s just hope that when they are confronted by police they pull their weapons and have to be shot dead”) or his favoritism for his boss, Scarlett Wilson, who faces a June primary fight against former Deputy Solicitor Blair Jennings.
Wilson stated she was unaware her press secretary was using his office computer to post the rants and raves though she didn’t see anything wrong with someone voicing their opinion. Post and Courier Coverage: “Online Comments No Delight”
South Carolina can do better than this!