Wednesday letters: Metts indictment a source of sorrow

July 2, 2014 

Lexington County Sheriff James Metts

C. ALUKA BERRY/CABERRY@THESTATE. — The State

— As a citizen of Lexington County, I have had the privilege of interacting with Sheriff James Metts on a number of levels for years.

I participated with him in various GOP conventions and discussions at Pilgrim Lutheran Church and St. David’s Lutheran Church, and worked with him in attempting to establish a program for youthful offenders. I always found James Metts to be a man of character, a committed public servant and active in upgrading law enforcement policies in Lexington County.

Many citizens — including myself — felt a sense of sorrow that Dr. Metts had been indicted with severe allegations that removed him from a long tenure in office.

However, in our system, charges are accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

A biblical understanding of accusations is that in serving the letter and spirit of the law, one must strive to put the best construction on allegations.

Albert Jabs

Lexington

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