Another sad chapter in the ongoing saga of the law enforcement community getting its way.
“We now know that Dawn Nguyen knowingly and intentionally bought those firearms for William Spengler, the man who was responsible for the tragedy,” said U.S. Attorney William Hochul.
Of course we know nothing of the kind. We know what she said in the course of pleading guilty, and that if she hadn’t said that she would have had to go to trial, and if found guilty at trial she would have spent the balance of her young adult life in federal prison.
This was a plea of convenience. As far as being the truth of the matter, you can read a recent 2nd circuit opinion recognizing the uncomfortable reality that innocent people plead guilty and say what they have to say in order to avoid draconian punishment here.
If you terrorize people into pleading guilty they most often will.
There’s nothing to be happy or satisfied about in all this. If my opinion counts for anything, the only reasonable interpretation I can see of what happened here is that the law enforcement community, far from honoring their fallen comrades, helped their murderer to posthumously, and gratuitously, injure another person. And that would be my opinion even if Dawn Nguyen actually did buy the guns for Spengler.
But here’s something that’s not just my opinion: whatever Dawn Nguyen claimed in pleading guilty is only marginally more factually unreliable than jail house snitch testimony. It should hardly be any sort of “closure” for anyone.
And if law enforcement as a group can take any satisfaction from this sordid episode where a mob relentlessly brow-beats a young woman into prison I just feel sorry for them. Though not nearly so much as I do for her.