Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. – Thomas A. Edison
Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)!
If you are a first-time visitor, CME is posted right here every Friday morning. This is when I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.
Topics that I am providing commentary on today include the toxic political culture, Gianforte heads to Washington, drip, drip, drip, Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein, the Sound of Freedom, Arkansas and elevators, and much more!
Our flag honors those who have fought to protect it, and is a reminder of the sacrifice of our nation’s founders and heroes. As the ultimate icon of America’s storied history, the Stars and Stripes represents the very best of this nation. – Joe Barton
Today I provide independent commentary about the following items for this edition of The Wednesday Read:
Monday was not a good day for Greg Gianforte, for Gallatin County Justice Court Judge Rick West, or for Montana.
Lee Newspapers reported that Gianforte was sentenced to 20 hours of anger management counseling and 40 hours of community service. He was given a deferred six-month jail sentence. If he does not violate the conditions of his sentence, the charge could be dismissed. Gianforte was also fined $385 and paid $4,600 in restitution.
This was for his conviction of misdemeanor assault for which he pleaded guilty.
It took a long time for the sentence to be handed out because Judge Rick West tried to give Gianforte four days in jail (with two of those being work days) but as was reported, someone pointed out that “work days” cannot be given in an assault case.
West initially sentenced Gianforte to four days in jail and said he could offset the jail time through participating in a county work program.
But when the judge was informed by other court personnel that someone guilty of assault is ineligible for the work program, West decided to defer Gianforte’s entire six-month sentence and impose the community service and anger-management classes instead.
So Judge West had to recalculate. It was embarrassing. The audio was terrible listening to the proceedings on-line. The local press and the court were not ready for their 15 minutes of fame.