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March 16, 2005

Stealing from widows

From FoxNews:

Ashley Smith, the single mother who led police to alleged courthouse gunman Brian Nichols, will receive a reward of at least $10,000, the governor said Tuesday. 

"In my opinion, she absolutely deserves it," Gov. Sonny Perdue said.

The reward fund reached $60,000 on Friday, hours after Nichols allegedly shot a judge, a court reporter and a deputy and escaped from a downtown Atlanta courthouse. He is also accused of killing a federal agent that night as he eluded authorities....

Following the slayings, the state offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to Nichols' arrest: the FBI $20,000, the U.S. Marshals Service $25,000 and the Georgia Sheriff's Association $5,000.

The FBI and the sheriffs association said they had not yet decided who would get the reward money. A spokesman for the marshals service did not immediately return a call.

Are they cereal?!? Why is the world wouldn't she get it? If she doesn't get every penny of that reward the message will be sent out that offers of rewards for information leading to the capture of a wanted fugitive are bogus. Why even offer the reward if you're not going to give it to the person who did exactly what you said the reward was for? For crying out loud she's a widowed mother who single handedly brought a peaceful end to a violent rampage. What idiots are there in the FBI, the US Marshal Service and Georgia Sheriff's association that think they can publicly stiff Ashley Smith and not have most of the nation infuriated at them? Even Governor Perdue was making a fool of himself by acting as if he were doing some “noble thing” giving her the award she has every right to.

Posted by Danny Carlton at March 16, 2005 10:38 AM

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