REGISTER VIEWPOINT: Speedy justice is also cost-effective

Justice delayed, wrote British jurist William Gladstone, is justice denied. To which we add: It's also expensive. Whic
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

Justice delayed, wrote British jurist William Gladstone, is justice denied.

To which we add: It's also expensive.

Which is why we applaud the Sandusky police department for speedily securing an outside investigation of claims of rape made by a 15-year-old girl against a police officer. The officer was cleared and is back at work. Although accusations such as this tend to linger and do their damage long past their official resolution (and no matter the resolution), the speedy investigation at least saved the city some cash: Money to pay the officer while he was on leave (which is both merely standard procedure and fair), money to pay whatever it cost to cover that officer's duties while he was out, money to pay the investigators.

Proceeding more slowly is the investigation into two employees at city hall -- or the firefighter who may or may not have made threats against fire Chief Mike Meinzer.

All three people continue to draw pay while the investigations go one. While that's only fair -- innocent unless proven guilty, remember -- the money adds up, including money paid to people who aren't being productive, because they've been told to not work.

A fair and just resolution to all these cases is a necessity for reasons obvious to anyone who understands what comes after the words "We the People." But a speedy resolution on top of that protects not only justice, but taxpayers' wallets.