We must give credit to the fact that Bandy is being prosecuted AT ALL. It should be obvious that for ANY police officer to be prosecuted for a crime, they MUST have done something PARTICULARLY wrong, whereby there is no getting around or out of taking legal action.
I find the fact that someone seems convinced that his girlfriend is involved very interesting. This would seem to say that whatever questionable activities he participated in, they were not in a professional context. The last time I checked, getting girlfriends involved was not part of proper police procedure. So, if she was in fact involved, then the defense of “only doing my job” goes right out the window.
Now, he could have taken a plea bargain, but that would necessitate that he plead guilty to SOMETHING, which he did not do. In my experience this means that he is willing to take his chances with a jury trial.
So, what will a jury do? A jury is supposed to consist of a group of folks who basically know nobody and have lived under a rock for a very long time so that they can be completely objective. Of course this assumes that none of them lie about what they know.
I would guess that Bandy could very well be HUNG, considering the popularity of the local “public servants”. Unless of course they find just the “RIGHT” jury.
This case should be very telling…