Cascade County Attorney John Parker: Step Aside

Robynn Dunn is the widow of Cascade County Sheriff’s Deputy Joe Dunn, who was killed in the line of duty in August. According to a story in the Great Falls Tribune, she wants someone other than Cascade County Attorney John Parker to prosecute the case.

Parker should honor Robynn Dunn’s request, immediately.

The Great Falls Tribune reported this week that Dunn “wants the deliberate homicide case against Adam Sanchez Jr., charged with causing her husband’s death during an Aug. 14 chase, to be prosecuted by someone other than Cascade County Attorney John Parker.”

Robynn Dunn also questioned why Parker “isn’t pushing for the death penalty if Sanchez is convicted of killing her husband.”

Tribune readers were asked the question, “Should the case against Adam Sanchez Jr. be prosecuted by someone other than Cascade County Attorney John Parker?” Over 75% of those answering the question said “Yes.”

The Tribune reported earlier that:

After Sanchez entered his guilty plea July 29 to two counts of criminal endangerment as part of a plea agreement in the November case, minutes from the hearing show that his public defender moved for his release “on his own recognizance,” or without requiring him to post a bond.

After the deputy county attorney prosecuting the case declined to object to the public defender’s motion, it was granted by presiding Judge Kenneth Neill.

As I have written before, the citizens of Cascade County have seen the county attorney’s office fail us on several fronts under the leadership of Cascade County Attorney John Parker. From deals on drunken driving charges, to child abuse cases – too many people are given plea deals or not prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I also have very little confidence in the four judges who make up the Cascade County District Court – but that’s another story for another day.

Cascade County Attorney John Parker and the people in his office have lost the public’s trust. I voted for Parker in the past, but never will again. Although Parker is running unopposed in this November’s election, he still won’t get my vote – I will leave that part of my ballot blank.

Right now, Parker needs to step aside and honor Robynn Dunn’s request. It’s the honorable thing to do.


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  1. Plea deals run rampant in Sanders County as well. This is a sign to the people of Montana that they are not meeting our expectations in their duties defending us.The judicial system here is atrocious. The trouble is that the state legislature creates the rules and guidelines by which the judges make decisions. And it is those decisions that become “liberalized” by the judges giving the wrong doers multiple chances to just get a slap on the wrist. Simply amazing and sad!!! People just forget about those bad decisions when it comes time to vote…so we enable them to continue making bad decisions.

    • Barry – You speak the truth – thanks! JmB

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