The Patriots are disappointed that Gallagher has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges and is forced to resign on April 18th. Although we are saddened by the decision, we respect Gallagher’s choice to take the plea and we hope that his supporters refrain from casting aspersions against the former council member. No one can fully understand the tremendous emotional, physical and financial burden this has caused Gallagher and his family. Its easy to yell from the sidelines and condemn Gallagher for not continuing the fight for an acquittal and public vindication because of the reported overwhelming evidence and facts that support his innocence, yet let us remember that it is not so easy to roll the dice on the “trial by jury” crap table. Remember OJ?
Although the parameters of the plea agreement are clear and concise, the questions it raises leaves room for endless speculation.
The ten count indictment (that was ultimately thrown because of prosecutorial misconduct) contained a list of serious felonious charges but surprisingly the only plea bargains offered by the DA are misdemeanors. Are plea bargains a clear indication of what prosecutors feel they can prove in court? Some sources say yes.
According to reports, the alleged victim states she was not consulted regarding the plea bargain and stated publicly she was against the agreement. Were prosecutors concerned that the complainant was not a credible witness and her participation in any negotiations would hinder a conviction?
The plea bargain agreement was a swift and tidy way to end a very sticky and murky criminal case. Was this a way for the DA’s office to close this case without further embarrassment and prevent details of the investigation from becoming public?
There are only two people who know what really happened the night of July 8th and a handful of individuals involved in the subsequent investigation of the incident. Hopefully, the rest of us will find out “the truth” as information become available in the near future. Although a true vindication would have come from a not guilty decision by either a judge or jury an acquittal in the court of public opinion could be just as sweet.