The citizens of Weston County and the law enforcement community must be shaking their heads in disgust at the most recent action taken by County Attorney William Curley. (Re: “Charges against Scoutt dismissed,” NLJ, July 26, 2018, page one.)
Once again, he is trying to dismiss felony charges that have already been bound over for trial in District Court against Caroline Scoutt. The charges stem from an extensive DCI investigation that followed a Coroner’s Inquest into the death of Richard Campbell, who died on Scoutt’s property.
During the coroner’s inquest separate charges for felony witness tampering were also filed against her, and they were bound over to District Court for trial and guess what -— Curley dismissed those charges too.
One has to wonder what is going on with Caroline Scoutt and Curley?
I must admit that during the Coroner’s inquest Curley was less than supportive of the process and seemed to be an advocate for Scoutt, who is clearly a scam and fraud artist of the worst kind.
Prosecutors often have the last say when it comes to following through with a prosecution, and most of them do a good job. When a prosecutor is inept or lazy or otherwise ineffective or worse, they always cite bad evidence or bad witnesses assuming that the common citizen isn’t smart enough to know “something is rotten in Denmark”.
The same suspect, two separate felony cases, both bound over to District Court for felony trial, that meaning probable cause has been established — suddenly and quietly dismissed.