Once again, someone who has obviously done something wrong during the Gravelle saga may not be held accountable.
Michael and Sharen Gravelle, the parents of 11 adoptive children who were found guilty of abusing some of those children by making them sleep in unlocked cages with sound alarms, will undoubtably face some form of punishment for those actions. This despite county supervision that did nothing for years even though it had knowledge of the Gravelles’ methods.
The prosecutor in the case, however, may walk away from some actions that could be viewed as unethical at best.
Judge Earl R. McGimpsey ruled prosecutor Russ Leffler should not have redacted, or blacked out, the statement, “Leffler did not want to do anything because it was an election year,” from a social worker’s notes on the Grevelles before they were presented to the defense before the trial. The defense did not become aware of the redactions until after the Gravelles were found guilty. McGimpsey ruled the redaction did not affect the verdict, in his opinion, but agreed Leffler should not have done it. And yet we have not heard anything about any possible punishment for the prosecutor.
Huron County Children’s Services, which also dropped the ball in its role, does not appear to be facing any punishment, either. The state agency reprimanded the county, but again the only people facing any significant punishment is the Gravelles.
If there is to be any real justice in this case, Leffler will have to answer for his actions and the county also face retribution.
It appears the only reason the redaction was made was to cover up any culpability or embarrassment that could be directed at Leffler. Leffler stood up before the Gravelles, a judge and jury and condemned the parents for their actions and demanded they be held accountable.
We as an editorial board stand before the community and demand same for the prosecutor and county.
Only then will justice be done.