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I recieved this update from a great friend and we should all be outraged by another example of judges who just don't take the time to get it right!

From Paul Eichler
I read in today's News Journal (8-28-09), page B3, News Briefs, the article titled "Judge: Murder charge in Smith's death may not stick". This article refers to the MURDER charge against Joseph Taye in the death of Michelle Smith. Apparently the judge, New Castle County Judge Jerome Herlihy, feels that prosecutors may have trouble getting the murder charge to stick due to Michelle's service as an EMT, not as a fire fighting member of the Delaware City Fire Company, thus leading to the question whether her role with the fire company meets the definition of "firefighter". This is OUTRAGEOUS and BLATANTLY WRONG. THe entire Delaware fire service community needs to speak out about this and against the possibility of the charge being reduced or dropped due to a technicality. There should be no question about the charge of murder in this case, whether Michelle was fulfilling her duties with the fire company, or a bystander on the side of the road.

Again, the Delaware fire service, ambulance service, emergency response service communities MUST stand up and make sure that the murder charges stand, and Taye pays for his wanton disregard for Michelle's life.

Please forward to anyone and everyone who can help to make sure this does not become another "technicality" train wreck.

Thank you,

Paul Eichler
Dover, Delaware

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