Letter: Efforts to malign prosecutor sad

To the editor:

The Daily Journal appears to have a bit of a problem with our prosecutor, Brad Cooper.

I’ve actually enjoyed watching their attempts to malign him, while they’re simultaneously compelled to acknowledge his good work. Honestly, it’d be almost comical, if it weren’t so sad.

For example, if you look through some of the Journal’s past articles this is what you’ll see:

On Nov. 7, a murderer was sentenced to 56 years in prison.

Nov. 15, there was a story about the prosecutor conducting a huge drug bust, and rounded up 35 drug dealers.

A few stories about a murderer that was charged in Center Grove in December.

On Feb. 9, there was an article about a driver getting a maximum sentence for injuring people with his car, again.

On Feb. 10, there was an article about a drug dealer getting a 45-year sentence.

There are also articles about his work with the veteran’s court in Greenwood (July), using new technology to try to help drug users overcome addictions (February), and trying to help children who are victims of crimes (February).

You’ll also see that there are three letters to the editor commending Mr. Cooper for his work and actions (“County Blessed with Good Prosecutor”, “Prosecutor Has Right to Use Free Speech,” and “Cooperation Resulted in Key Conviction”).

Then, on the other hand, there are the front-page stories that keep getting rehashed about his comments on a judge taking that murderer off of death row and how the prosecutor wanted someone without ties to the county to handle the Franklin officer’s case (which is a good thing, right?).

There are at least seven articles about these two incidents. I mean, seriously. Wow.

Compare that to the Indianapolis Star, which wrote a mere two articles about the prosecutor’s comments in the last year.

Quite frankly, I’ve believed in the scripture that says, “By their fruits ye shall know them.” On the one hand, I see a prosecutor who is doing everything imaginable to combat crime, get rid of drugs and protect our community.

On the other, I see a small-town paper desperately trying to besmirch our prosecutor by creating news. Like I said, it’d be almost comical if it weren’t so sad.

Kris Wright