No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

Trying to not write about what everybody else has already written about to whatever audience we might still have.

Enter Judge court staffer Snyder, a great grandmother working in Kansas who came across a case of an innocent man being convicted of a crime he didn’t commit. What she, we assume, also realized was that the poor guy probably didn’t know how to file the proper papers and cut through the gazillion miles of red tape that our “justice system” has put in place to make sure that it will never have to say “oops, we were wrong”, so she helpfully provided the wrongfully convicted man with the info he’d need to file for a reconsideration of the evidence.

Which led to his acquittal for a crime he’d been wrongfully serving 27 years for. Mind you, these were all proper public documents, we’re not talking about an “insider trick to get out on a technicality”, the poor slob just didn’t know how to file for it properly, sacrificing the proper number of chickens to the “justice” system in triplicate and kissing the right arses, because he could have done all of it on his own. If he’d known how to. Which he didn’t. Or maybe he just figured that after 27 years nobody was going to give a fuck.

At any rate, Judgecourt staffer Snyder gave him a helping hand and he was freed.

Great story. Happy ending (minus the 27 years of unjust incarceration, of course), somebody make a movie out of this STAT.

And then Judge Snyder was fired. (h/t the Puppy Blender).

A Jackson County Circuit judge says she violated court rules by helping Nelson and his family—even though they could have obtained the document she provided them with themselves if they’d known what it was and where to get it, the Kansas City Star reports.

Because the last thing you want a “justice” to do is to help bring actual justice about. Obviously.

“The document you chose was, in effect, your recommendation for a Motion for DNA testing that would likely be successful in this Division,” the judge wrote in his dismissal letter. “It was clearly improper and a violation of Canon Seven … which warns against the risk of offering an opinion or suggested course of action.”

“So fuck you! No, I don’t care that it meant freeing a man who’d been wasting away for 27 years for a crime he didn’t commit, what I DO care about is that we’re now facing a lawsuit so fuck you and fuck him too. Oh and fuck justice as well.”

Snyder was nine months away from retirement when she was fired. “I lent an ear to his sister, and maybe I did wrong,” she says. “But if it was my brother, I would go to every resource I could possibly find. I think I might have been the answer to his prayers.”

Don’t worry about that, Judgecourt staffer Snyder, it’s all irrelevant. Your only crime was to serve justice which, allegedly, is what your profession is all about. And if that violates some idiotic procedure, then it’s the procedure that’s wrong. G-d will judge those who have judged you, and they won’t like it one little bit. But they will have deserved every bit of it.

Let’s reiterate: We’re not talking about some “activist” judge court officer inserting herself in the middle of a trial, the actual trial was long over and done with, we’re talking about a good Samaritan realizing that a wrong had been done and doing her best to correct it. She could have achieved the same in any number of ways that would have never left a trail back to her, but she didn’t care. She stood up for what she believed in and brought justice for somebody who’d most likely given up on ever seeing it, and she stood up for it openly without shame.

If that’s a “crime”, then we’re locking up the wrong criminals.


UPDATE: We initially thought that Mrs. Snyder was a judge. She wasn’t. Not that it makes a lick of difference, but we have corrected our error.

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LC Xystus
LC Xystus
July 31, 2013 01:28

I note that the linked article does not label Snyder a judge.

July 31, 2013 05:41

The justice system in this country has collapsed completely. To many of these “judges” are nothing more then black robed tyrants.

The time has come to start removing these clowns from the bench. There is a reason impeachment exists you know.

July 31, 2013 07:19

Is there a way to bring pressure or recall the officials who brought the heat on Snyder for doing a good deed? Come on Rotties, maybe this can be undone. Or at least maybe we can screw the one who screwed the good samaritan.

July 31, 2013 09:21

Jeez, what kind of country are we gonna have if we let people out of prison just because they are innocent?!

July 31, 2013 09:51

Progressive America. A land where the guilty are protected, (And run for office as Democrats), and the innocent are imprisoned and lynched.

Fa Cube Itches
Fa Cube Itches
July 31, 2013 16:48

angrywebmaster @ #:

A land where the guilty are protected [by racist Florida jurors], (And run for office as Democrats), and the innocent are imprisoned and lynched [or shot by white Hispanic cop wannabes].

Accuratized that a bit for ya!
– The Executive Branch of the Federal Government & The Media (Totally not working together. Swearsies!)

August 1, 2013 14:45

I see two law suits,one from Snyder and one from the man who spent 27yrs in prison for a crime he did not commit.the onley way to make honest judges is to start killing the bad ones and maybe the rest will get the hint.