Thursday, September 11, 2008

Deters: No Charges

We've been expecting it all along. We were especially expecting it after Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters explained the legal issues in an Enquirer op-ed. We've been happy about it since Deters made the official announcement last night and are still happy today.

Jodie Edwards will not be charged in the tragic death of her daughter Jenna.

Again, everyone at CCU and beyond thanks everyone who has prayed for Jodie, Chris and Eli. They've got a long, long way to go from here. But this is one burden lifted.

SWNID reminds gentle readers that the best response to make to those who have cruelly mischaracterized this tragedy is to ignore them. The other best response is to pray for them as we pray for the Edwards family.


Anonymous said...

No, the correct response to people who have a different reaction than you to a story is not to ignore their perspective, while praying for them to be converted to your correct perspective.

The correct response is an empathic response. I pray for and empathize with Jodie Edwards and her family with tears. Nobody is perfect and certainly she did not 'deserve' this, nor do I believe she deserves further punishment.

But I understand the anger. Much of the anger being expressed is due to seeing the real differences in how people are prosecuted. Some of the anger is simply the response of parents who deeply love their children and cannot imagine not paying attention and being distracted while dropping them off at daycare. That is a legitimate reaction to have. I do think having compassion for Jodie is much more important than our anger, but the anger is legitimate, and when expressed without hate, important to acknowledge.

I suggest that we pray not only for Jodie Edwards, but also for the three poor white parents I was able to find after two minutes of googling who did exactly what Jodie did, but getting instead of prayer vigils, they were charged with Negligent Homicide and Murder. (No, the facts of the cases were not significantly different.)

I also suggest that we pray for ourselves, as I am, that we have God's grace to be the very best parents we can be at all times, and forgiveness when we fail.

ALL people deserve the grace being shown to Jodie, not just white professors at CCU.

Anonymous said...

You totally and deliberately missed the point so you can promote your own agenda of anger. There was no suggestion at all that the only people that matter are white professors at CCU. You obviously don't know SWNID or you would never have made such an assertion. And if you think you know SWNID, you do not know him very well. And his only suggestion to ignore those criticizing is so those horrible words do not hinder the grieving process, so that everyone grieving can do so without people casting stones toward people they know absolutely nothing about. Those stones hurt, especially when they are tossed unfairly. I am a parent. My children are my passion, and I cannot imagine what I would do if such a tragedy were to occur. But this issue is not about me or you or anyone but Jodie and her family and the healing that needs to take place. Oh, and the need for all hardened hearts to know the love and grace and mercy of Jesus.

Anonymous said...

Deters made an interesting comment on the Cunningham show the day of or after his announcement:

A state law requiring criminal prosecution of "unknowing, unreckless mistakes" would require criminal prosecutions in all fields that now currently have malpractice (civil liability).

So a doctor who accidentally kills a patient because the wrong medication or dose was ordered, would be subject to prosecution for the accident (say a typo or whatever in entering the order). Currently, a doctor can only be sued, not prosecuted. Lawyers, nurses, who else? Counselors. Any field that has malpractice would be subject to prosecution. And possibly acts that don't normally fall under malpractice, but say under a homeowner's liability policy (neighbor falls on banana peel in your driveway, or on the ice on the sidewalk in front of your house and cracks head open). The law will never be changed such that parents can be charged for forgetting their children in their vehicles, or losing them at stores or at airports.