While many people facing criminal charges in Fort Wayne are appearing in
court for the first time, there are some people who are repeat offenders.
Although police and prosecutors will malign someone who has a criminal
record, they cannot bank on a prior criminal record as being proof enough
that the individual has committed a second crime. Every person, whether
it is someone who has never done anything wrong before or someone who
has spent most of his or her adult life in jail, deserves to have a fair
and impartial trial. They also deserve to be innocent until proven guilty.
It will be important to remember that when an 83-year-old appears in court
later this month on
theft and burglary charges. Although she may look like a sweet, old lady, she
has had a long history of stealing jewelry across the United States and
across the world. Yet, just because she has done it in the past doesn't
mean that she stole what police are saying she stole.
The 83-year-old's most recent conviction was in 2011 for stealing jewelry
in southern California. She was sent to prison and was just released this
According to testimony in her Riverside County hearing, the woman went
into a jewelry store, requesting to buy a necklace. After trying the jewelry
on, she left and returned soon after. When she returned, she said that
she had decided to buy a necklace a ring and some earings. After trying
on several pieces of jewelry, she said she would be back the next day
to make her purchases. It was only after she left that employees noticed
a missing diamond ring.
Although this woman has been known to steal jewelry, unless prosecutors
can prove it, they can't use her reputation alone to convict her.