Anyway, as I said there's a plea on the table for Gerster, but I don't know what it is and the court wouldn't discuss it openly. Judge Verdin is convinced that both parties are trying to work towards an agreement (UGH) in good faith instead of go to trial, but frankly, I think justice in this case demands a public trial - I hope the county prosecutor goes all the way. It's all been put off for two more months, though, for some reason. I suspect that's what the prosecution thanked Gerster for agreeing to - I just feel like they're stalling hoping the attention to his case wanes and they can slide something clearly unacceptable by us unnoticed. It wont and they can't. But, I'm in the dark on all that, so take that for what it's worth and contact the county attorney's office yourself for their answers.
I think the public that entrusts our most vulnerable citizens to the MCSO's care - at great expense to us - is a legitimate victim, but we may have to fight to get anyone else to agree. There's a reason they are called "public servants", though - they should be held to answer to us when they betray our confidence and trust.
Here are Gerster's upcoming court dates. Look for him to enter a plea, though, so don't wait until August to register your concerns. If it's a deal that Montgomery is about to be embarrassed by us about, they may just take it off the table and turn up the heat on this guy. I haven't seen him begin to break a sweat, and he hasn't spent a night in jail pending trial. He must already think he's home free. I bet he's a security guard somewhere already...
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