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No Excuses for Dotson

February 17, 2016
Wetzel Chronicle

Prosecuting Attorney Timothy Haught had some strong words for Defendant Jonathan Douglas Dotson on Feb. 11 in Wetzel County Circuit Court.

We applaud Haught's point-of-view and agree with him 100 percent.

Too often we hear drug offenders make excuses and shift the blame for their actions - a poor upbringing or pressure from friends is the reason they have turned to drugs.

Perhaps what is most ludicrous is the excuse given for Dotson's probation violation: the system failed him.

The system did not fail Dotson. The system gave Dotson a second chance.

The probation office is not a babysitting service. The number of defendants the probation office is required to keep track of is overwhelming. As is all the pre-sentencing reports and special training required.

There is no denying that our area has been caught in the web of destruction that drugs cause. And now, recent news reports mention a deadlier form of heroin hitting the streets. Soon, there is likely to be more defendants going through the system.

If a second chance to start fresh, probation, is considered a failure in the system... then perhaps no chance at all should be considered for those who shift the blame. Perhaps an extended stay behind bars is what is best - a chance to "dry out."



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