Columbia City Prosecutor Stephen Richey announced Friday morning that Melissa Click won’t be serving any jail time, so long as she holds up her end of a new bargain involving mandatory community service.
In exchange for taking a pledge to refrain from any legal violations for one year, waiving any possible statute of limitations defense and undergoing 20 hours of community service work, the city will forgo its prosecution of Click.
However, if Click at any time violates the proposed agreement, her prosecution will resume.
I expect this deal to be quite controversial in the community. As of this writing, the Facebook comments are already lighting up with those viewing the punishment as too soft. Others see the outcome as just and appropriate, however, an attitude of opposition that is wholly expected in a community of free individuals.
Will the conversation at least remain civil? We can only hope.