Time lapse in ex-mayor's case has become a prosecutorial comedy.
NORMALLY, WE ARE reluctant to express opinions about pending cases in court.
But seven years and counting? Come on.
Way back in 2008 an incident at the South Beloit Police Department caused a stir. We broke the story and obtained video of what certainly appeared to be overzealous police tactics to subdue a handcuffed and shackled person. Eventually two members of the police department faced charges in the matter. Both of those cases took a long time for disposition, but both now have been adjudicated.
Also charged was former South Beloit mayor Randy Kirichkow, in 2011. He stood accused of misconduct in office and obstruction of justice-destruction of evidence.
FIRST: WE HAVE NO idea if the ex-mayor did anything for which he deserved to be charged or convicted. We have no opinion or comment on that.
But this delay - a court date was postponed, again, just last week - makes an absolute absurdity out of Winnebago County's criminal justice system. If prosecutors can't dispose of a case like this one - which is relatively modest in its scope - in a timely fashion that raises obvious questions about the competence and efficiency of the office.
We'd say "get it done," but that sounds laughable this far removed - 10 years from the incident, 7 years from the charges.
So we'll put it this way: Try the former mayor or for heaven's sake drop the charges. This is ridiculous.