Does A Criminal Justice System ON/OFF Button Exist And, If So, Who Gets To Use It?

by Travis Mateer

Imagine, if you can, the horror of losing your daughter. Add to that the suspicion that your daughter’s death didn’t happen the way authorities say it did. And then add a local media industry that can’t, or won’t, report on the mounting evidence that something is seriously wrong.

And why hasn’t the media reported on the mounting evidence?

Because, for over a year, there hasn’t been a criminal investigation. No investigation means nothing for conventional media to report on.

Well, that all changed on September 6th in the Rebekah Barsotti case.

Or did it?

The ON/OFF button is a simplistic way of describing how those in power seem to be able to play both sides of legal fences. This could be claiming a case is active or inactive, open or closed, or methods of determining how cases will be treated depending on the need of the moment, like shifting jurisdictions and other things I’m not ready to get into yet.

Returning to what changed on September 6th will be significant when understanding how impressive this ON/OFF button can be because the existence of a criminal investigation at the state level was made by David Barsotti’s counsel, Mineral Deputy County Attorney, Wally Congdon, and Judge Jason Marks.

The reason all these people were discussing a criminal case being conducted at the state level is because a lingering question regarding Rebekah Barsotti’s personal items–specifically, her laptop–is making a discussion about the criminal case necessary.

Where is the laptop now, how did it get to where it is, and why is it there? These are some basic questions a new player is this saga is trying to off-switch by claiming there is no state-level investigation into the circumstances of this case.

I don’t think this new player is ready for his close-up yet, so instead I’ll try to contextualize why I hope a criminal investigation is indeed happening, and that’s the strange case of David Barsotti’s caregiver, Sheila S.

I’m withholding Sheila’s last name for the time being because I hope she’s ok. Why do I hope Sheila S. is ok? Because of the unhinged, 17 paragraph email communication sent in her name to Rebekah’s Facebook page.

There are many reasons to think this is NOT Sheila, but I’m not going to get into any of that. You see, this is where something called INVESTIGATORS should be coming in to do their job. And if the local authorities in Mineral County are incapable, then state authorities need to step in.

Calling in the Division of Criminal Investigation is something Lance Jasper, a lawyer for Reep, Bell and Jasper, claimed should’ve happen LAST NOVEMBER in a Mineral County Commissioner meeting. To hear otherwise from that unnamed button pusher in the AG’s office is very strange.

Hopefully confirmation will come that there is indeed a criminal investigation. Then, who knows, maybe local media will finally get interested in this case. Anything is possible.

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About Travis Mateer

I'm an artist and citizen journalist living and writing in Montana. You can contact me here: willskink at yahoo dot com
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