The legal proceedings in the first of the two criminal cases are moving along faster than anyone anticipated they would. I was warned that we could be doing this for the next year and to brace myself for that. I feel like I needed to brace myself for the short option as well.
On Monday, Meekims had his second court appearance. It was a non-event where he nor the lawyers actually showed. However, the prosecuting attorney and the public defender got a moment to chat somewhere along the way. From that, the PD offered a plea deal of 75 months. The PA countered with something higher.
Today (Thursday), Meekims took the plea deal of 92 months.
They are currently trying to get a Monday morning court appearance to enter that plea. I don’t yet know if it will be public, what time, or where. If those are details you want, I can post them.
I think I am planning on going. There is something to hearing someone admit wrongdoing that is important. I expect to be wrecked on Monday, because in hearing someone admit wrongdoing, I am also offering up some piece of my emotions. Part of me also wants to see him, to have a face (beyond a mug shot) to put with the name. I want to see who shows up to support him, I want to know that someone loves him and wants the best for him. I want a sense of who he is, who this person is who I will have to learn to forgive.
I know I need to write a longer post about sentencing and the ways in which the legal system is broken. But that isn’t something I have energy for tonight. I will write more and explain what I’ve learned soon.