Former City of Murrieta Mayor turned Councilman Alan William Long has pleaded not guilty to a felony DUI in court today. The October 15th accident involved four students who attend Murrieta High School and are also his constitutents. The judge in the case also gave Long a break by not making him responsible for the full bail amount the law allows.
Instead of dropping out of the council race, after terming out as mayor, Long was the second highest vote getter, with nearly 17% of the vote.
This case is a shining example of what is the objective when you are a victim, through no fault of your own?
Instead of holding councilman Long accountable, and making him an example to others who may decide to drink and drive, the families appear to be doing Councilman Long a favor and are agreeing to perhaps take compensation instead of “justice”.
Was Councilman Long thinking of his constituents when he got behind the wheel that fateful night? Should elected officials be allowed to escape punishment when non-elected officials cannot?
Councilman Long has a settlement conference scheduled for Jan. 23 at 8:30 a.m. with the families.
Do we only recognize “justice” when an amount is attached to it?
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