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DEATH AND INJUSTICE ON CLEAR LAKE Lake County District Attorney Jon Hopkins: "We can't prove beyond a reasonable doubt that his speed was the cause of the accident."

that Perdock has filed suit against Weber — and perhaps Bismarck — blaming him/them for the accident, claiming that it resulted in him, Perdock, being divorced, suffering emotional distress and all the usual legal blather. More than one cynic has noted getting divorced is a common way for a person who thinks they are going to get sued to the hilt to try to shelter assets. In this case it's unlikely to work, for the Thornton's estate is being represented on a contingency basis by Cotchett, Pitre, Simon and McCarthy, one of the most tenacious and successful law firms in the country.

even good people make mistakes. In the case of Perdock, the mistake was going for a brief and innocent endorphin rush — but at the wrong time. And that lack of judgement resulted in a tragic accident that caused the death of a wonderful woman. But it's left him in a desperate position, where he's had to turn his fate over to a lawyer, who has to employ any and every strategy to get him off — even if it means taking the offensive by claiming Perdock was the victim. To the best of our knowledge, Perdock hasn't even been able to say he's sorry. That's got to be horrible. We've said it a million times — and Deputy Perdock should have known it better than anyone — speed kills. It doesn't make any difference if you're on a road or on the water. Please be safe out there. — latitude/rs

Latitude 38: Bullshit! Perdock admitted that he was traveling at 40 mph or more — which is 66 feet per second. Witnesses describe him as travelling at 55 mph, which is 84 feet per second. ally probably a pretty good guy. He was an Eagle Scout as a kid, takes the local kids for hikes, was there for his son's birthday, and served the community in law enforcement. We might be the last person on earth who believes it, but we think the vast majority of people in law enforcement are good folks who try to do their best at what can often be a difficult job. Unfortunately and tragically,


s angry as we are about the death of Thornton and the handling of this case, there's also the tragedy of Deputy Perdock to be considered. We may be wrong, but our intuition is that he's actu-

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