Taxpayers Should Query Roosen Trial



Don't you think it's about time that the Gila County Attorney's Office stops wasting the taxpayer money on a trial they cannot win? Doesn't the justice system tell us that a person is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Paul Roosen has been in jail for nearly three years, "presumed innocent" in a case that will not prove him otherwise.

I already know that Paul is innocent.

He has already been tried twice, both times the trial ended in a hung jury.

The first time it ended with a vote of 6 to 6. The second time the vote was 10 not guilty, with two jurors voting for guilt in a case where there is no substantial evidence against Paul.

Seems to me that the prosecution is losing ground in this case. For the third trial scheduled to begin Feb 25, 2003, it has assigned the case to a prosecutor who is not all that familiar with it.

Mr. Sandler --he prosecutor in the previous two trials and an extraordinary storyteller- has been working this case for three years and could not get a conviction.

It seems unlikely that another prosecutor, unfamiliar with the case, is going to be able to convict Paul Roosen for a crime he did not commit.

When will the taxpayers of Gila County get involved and say "enough is enough."

Tish Sofranko, Mesa

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