Uncut: Time now to let the judicial system do its job



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Posted on February 1, 2013 at 8:49 PM

It's interesting sometimes to see the change in people's reaction once they have a face to match with their pain.

It’s this week's Uncut commentary.

I was one of those who wanted to crucify the driver who struck and killed six-year-old John Raidy then left the scene. It was hard for me to imagine such heartlessness, and committed in front of John's family, at that.

It seems every week we hear a story of someone doing something you couldn’t even imagine, and so often, it seems they get away with it. A part of me and a part of many others desired vengeance.

On our Facebook page, Marlene said: "Someone knows this monster. There will be damage to the car." Ira wrote: "There's a special place in Hell for this person."

Those are the mild ones.

And then, Tammy Lowe came forward. She was not at all the monster the mind had conjured -- there appears to have been no alcohol involved, and she has no criminal history. In fact, she's a teacher.

While many want to see justice, the venom in their verbal and written spears has diminished.

She'll get justice.

But those of us so quick to point a finger should remember: At first, a lot people blamed John Raidy's parents, "Where were they? How could they let this happen?"

I’m not saying Tammy Lowe’s been punished enough; Yes, she waited days in agony, but that wait added to the crushing grief of John Raidy's family.

I’m saying you've done your job as a citizen by keeping up the pressure that ultimately convinced someone to come forward.

Now let's let the justice system do its work.

Those are my thoughts, tell me yours at jmccaa@wfaa.com.