When a former police officer appears before a federal judge in East St. Louis and only gets five years in prison, I say: What are you guys smoking? Too many times these officers get a slap on the hand for a violation under the cover of authority.
It is high time for every federal judge in East St. Louis to retire and get some serious judges who can hand down hard time under federal sentencing guidelines. These judges are turning out to be too soft.
Former East St. Louis detective Orlando Ward's sentence for drug conspiracy was five years but it should have been the maximum allowable. His family and friends were strictly a show to get a reduced sentence and that's what he got.
Boo hoo for Ward. Anyone else would have gotten 20 years.
James J. Harrigan