TALKING, TALKING, TALKING …
In fact the issue is evidently so important S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley has formed a task force to study it … you know, because task forces have done such a bang-up job of solving South Carolina’s problems over the years (editor’s note: sarcasm).
“(CDV) has been an issue that’s been ongoing,” Haley told the status quo enablers at WIS TV 10 (NBC – Columbia, S.C.). “This year, everyone’s talked about doing something about it.”
So Haley is going to talk some more …
Anyway, while Haley was talking … an actual criminal domestic violence case involving the son of a statewide GOP elected official was receiving a public hearing in the governor’s backyard of Lexington County, S.C.
Brad Eckstrom – son of S.C. Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom – is accused of punching, kicking and grabbing his 29-year-old former fiancee Blair Pettrey by the hair, and dragging her across his mother’s home during the October 10 incident. Pettrey – who suffered multiple bruises – was nine weeks pregnant with Brad Eckstrom’s child at the time of the alleged assault.
Will Eckstrom be convicted? Of course not. In fact just as we predicted, he received pretrial intervention in the case – meaning it will be dropped and expunged from his record.
How about that …
“The prosecutor never once spoke to me this entire ordeal,” Pettrey told FITS. “The entire process was a joke.”
Pettrey also tells FITS renowned victims’ advocate Laura Hudson did absolutely nothing to help “despite my numerous attempts to contact her.”
“I left multiple emails and voicemails and got no response – ever,” Pettrey said.
Well, well … Hudson is all over the papers when it comes to some cases, but apparently she couldn’t be bothered with this one.
We get that women like Haley and Hudson want to appear tough on this issue. It’s one that resonates with the public – and violence against any one for any reason (man, woman, black, white, gay, straight, etc.) is wrong.
But as long as “advocates” like Haley and Hudson are spouting meaningless sound bites while letting “fortunate sons” like Eckstrom walk on their CDV charges … we would suggest you ignore them. We’d also suggest you ignore media outlets like WIS that cover the formation of meaningless task forces … yet fail to cover cases like Eckstrom’s.