The lawyer for former Pelham Police Chief Edward B. Fleury is asking a Hampden Superior Court judge to drop a manslaughter charge against her client, saying Fleury could not be expected to have foreseen the fatal accident at the gun show he organized.
The filthy cover-ups and wrist slapping continue in this case. Fleury organized the event at the club and also faces charges of furnishing a machine gun to a minor, but of course they're trying to get him off.
Hampden District Attorney William M. Bennett said that by sponsoring the show, Fleury in effect furnished the gun under state law, although the other two men brought the guns to the show and ran the firing line.
Again, Bennett said the role of sponsoring the exposition and receiving a share or proceeds from sale of ammunition is enough to make Fleury liable for involuntary manslaughter.
Fleury’s trial was to begin Sept. 9 but now that trial date may be changed.
It's easy to see what's happening here. Just like the slap on the wrist the shooting range got, "as part of a settlement in Springfield Superior Court, the club agreed to pay a $1,000 fine for the manslaughter charge and to pay $10,000 to two charities that work with children," Fleury is trying to slither away too.
What's your opinion? Isn't this a case in which extended responsibility needs to be applied? The boy was 8 years old for crying out loud. Not only his father and the folks closest to the incident who failed to take proper precautions, but also the shooting range and guys like Fleuren who were involved in running the event, all these people should have been severely punished. Theirs is an unconscionable irresponsibility and nonchalance.
Of course I don't stop there in assignmìing blame, punishment ends with those named above, but the circles of blame go much further. I include all gun owners who fight against laws that prevent these kinds of tragedies.
What do you think? Please leave a comment.