Poll Question: Micheli's Letter and Your Vote

A good idea or a bad idea?
A good idea or a bad idea?

Last week, media outlets around the state reported on a letter of character reference that Gubernatorial Republican candidate Ron Micheli wrote at the request of Ty McDowell's defense team. McDowell, who has come be known as the Craigslist Rapist, recently received a 60-year sentence for raping a Casper woman in December of 2009.

Sheridan Media gave Micheli a chance to give his side of the story on Public Pulse July 15th, when he explained that he and his wife knew McDowell as a youth and taught him in Sunday School. He wrote the letter, he said, because it was a legal request. He said that it was a factual letter indicating what his family knew of the Ty McDowell with whom they'd had interactions, but added that he in no way condones McDowell's crime and supports the sentence.

The issue prompted this week's Bank of Sheridan / sheridanmedia.com poll question: “Will Ron Micheli's letter of support for convicted Craigslist rapist Ty McDowell influence your vote in the Primary Election?”

Let us know what you think. Cast your vote on our homepage and feel free to leave appropriate comments. Then be sure to tune in to NewsTalk 930 KROE to hear the results this Friday morning on the Jackson Electric Open Line.

view counter

Censorship?

I have had many posts that Sheridan Media failed to post.......
They put the ones in that they want.....
I guess it is thier right to do so. I feel it is wrong, but that is only me.......
Any others?

What is wrong?

Perhaps it is because the

Perhaps it is because the posts that you submit are innapropriate. The moderators are not here to correct your posts, only to accept or deny them. This might be the interwebz, but I give Sheridan Media two thumbs up for maintaining a modicum of civility.

Waste...

Thanks sheridanmedia for removing a perfectly fine comment...again...I don't see how this website has won any awards for a job well done.

hey gollum, chalst, and BB...since when is it ok to put down youth in this town? do you even know lane personally? all you do all day long is judge people by what they post online here...especially you gollum. gollum, you are probably a lonely man in your

To the best of my knowledge

To the best of my knowledge we haven't blocked or removed any comments concerning the poll question. There are two areas where comments about this topic are appearing. There is this news story about the poll question and there is also the poll question itself. There is a comment from you under the poll question, which is probably the one you thought was removed. To help prevent comments on one topic being split across two sections of the site, I think that if we have a news story about a poll question, we will not allow comments under that story, but instead provide a link to the poll so everyone posts comments there instead.

wow...i am really sorry.

i feel like an idiot. right after i posted this comment, i went and saw that there was two places to comment, my mistake.

hey gollum, chalst, and BB...since when is it ok to put down youth in this town? do you even know lane personally? all you do all day long is judge people by what they post online here...especially you gollum. gollum, you are probably a lonely man in your

No big deal. I can see the

No big deal. I can see the potential for confusion with comments under a news story which deals with a poll. In the future we will try to avoid this by directing comments to the poll question itself.

Micheli Letter

Come on people, listen carefully to the words he said. He said they were asked to give a character reference as to his BACKGROUND, which I'm sure is done in heinous cases like this to see if something in the person's background led them to commit a crime of this nature. It does not excuse the crime. They did not ask for leniency nor do they think he should get off for his crime. They were asked to "provide information about their interactions" with the said person. Micheli stated in the paper that "my only effort was to provide factual information and allow the court to review those facts and come to an independent decision". I do not see where writing this letter "supported" the man, as most newspapers in the area are saying. He was stating FACTS about what he knew from his earlier years, but I do not take that as being "supportive" of the man. Micheli answered a legal request for information, but in no way did he support or ask for leniency for this man. The way Sheridan Media has worded this poll question is misleading and I would recommend that they rephrase it.

Calvin

Since when does complying with law mean support of a criminal?

This is a very judgmental question that appears to have an obvious slant and bias against Mr. Micheli. What if he was given a subpoena(which means he is required to legally provide any information he has) on the person being charged with a crime. It is more than obvious the intent of asking this kind of question. My question is if it was Rita Meyer, Matt Mead, or Colin Simpson being subpoenaed for a similar request would the media automatically try to attack them for simply COMPLYING WITH THE LAW and stating whatever TRUTH be known????

Something to think about and consider when answering the poll question...

Here is the statement out of the mouth of Mr. Micheli himself below.

Micheli statement on Ty McDowell 7/14/2010

Below is a statement issued by Ron Micheli on a letter he and his wife, Patty, wrote to the court regarding the Ty McDowell case in Casper, WY.

"Ty McDowell committed a horrible and unimaginable crime. As part of the sentencing process, I was asked to provide information about my interactions with Ty McDowell. I knew him years earlier, when he was a youth and provided information to the court.

"I certainly never condoned McDowell's behavior or in any way asked the court for leniency. My only effort was to provide factual information and allow the court to review those facts and come to an independent decision. The court has considered those facts and has issued what he felt is an appropriate sentence. As Governor, I would in no way interfere with this court decision and would not grant any type of clemency or pardon."