Letter: The scales of justice are supposed to be evenly balanced


The front page of the February 11 Arizona Republic reported two crimes and their punishments.

A Mexican woman who had lived in Arizona illegally for 20 years, has two children who are citizens of the United States, and reported regularly to immigration as required, was arrested and deported for the felony of using a fake Social Security number to get a job.

A former chief deputy sheriff of Pima County who stole $500,000 over twenty years and was charged with seven felonies, was allowed to plead guilty to three misdemeanors, avoid any jail time, keep his pension of $82,800 a year, and receive a $505,000 lump sum payment from pension system.

And we call this justice?

Rev. Ed Womack



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Joeb 2 years ago

The judge that accepted the plea deal for the chief deputy sheriff should be held accountable. Clearly this is a violation of the oath he took to uphold the law. On the other hand, we have laws in this country which weren't meant to be tweaked, broken or otherwise mislabeled into something that protects the offender. I'm sorry that Guadalupe Garcia is separated from her family, but if she committed the same crime of identity theft in Mexico, she would face up to 12 years of hard time in prison.


Joeb 2 years ago

I feel bad the women was separated from her family and teenage children, however, she broke the law. If she committed the same identity theft crime in Mexico, she would have faced a Prison term of up to 12 years.