Letter: ‘Unsupported innuendo cannot go unanswered’
In his letter to the Editor of the Gazette-Journal of Sept. 15, Jack White makes a number of unsubstantiated allegations describing the record of the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office. I hold that office. Mr. White’s use of unsupported innuendo cannot go unanswered.
By implication, Mr. White asserts that I have failed to show leadership in the office to which the citizens of Mathews County have elected me five times, that I am without the energy to hold that office and that I have not, during my 20 years in the office, preserved "our Mathews way of life." The way of life which I have, in Mr. White’s view, failed to preserve, has been mine and my wife’s for 30 years. It is the way of life in which we chose to raise our three daughters.
Our office has successfully prosecuted hundreds of felonies and misdemeanors, has obtained hard-fought convictions in cases ranging from rape, robbery and murder to drug distribution, child abuse and identity theft. We have successfully prosecuted cases from those significant only to the individual citizen and victim in Mathews County to those of national prominence like the Taylor Behl case. I have been in the courtrooms of Mathews on each General District Court, Juvenile and Domestic Relations and Circuit Court day protecting the interests of the citizens of Mathews County.
The success of our office can only be produced with the effective use of energy. The criminal laws enacted by the legislature in the Commonwealth of Virginia are constantly changing. Only one who has directed criminal prosecutions for the last 20 years can focus that energy to produce successful prosecutions. You have to have been in the criminal courts for the last 20 years to accomplish these successes. The precise record of these successful prosecutions is available to any citizen of Mathews County in the records of the General District Court and the Circuit Court.
The one thought that I want to leave with you is this: I’m running on my recordof leadership, energy and devotion to the values of Mathews County that supports my re-election to the office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney.