For the most part, I moved on from my post on Monday (05/28/2012), Cody Vantrease: WANTED!. That was until a comment came in late last night that reopened the discussion. I’m not sure if this person just wanted to get the last word or was sincerely trying to contribute. Anyhow, the commenter, Jp, from Newark, Delaware — no surprise there — seemed perplexed at why people find Cody Vantrease’s situation concerning. Although most of the comment is just noise (directed at other commenters), it begins “I cant [sic] believe theres [sic] so much commotion over this kid not paying a fine on time”. Please read past the improper grammar and punctuation.
Well, there you have it. To me, it’s another classic attempt to minimize an individual’s actions, responsibility, and accountability. So, allow me to share my thoughts. Not paying a court-ordered fine is one thing (and not very wise, at that). But, having the court issue a warrant calling for arrest seems serious. Hell, they even took the effort to alert the public.
If it were me, I’d be greatly concerned being a wanted man. So much so that I’d hire a lawyer (but other families might be well-advised just to have one on retainer) and resolve it post-haste. Hence, the “commotion”. Oh, and it’s not that Cody Vantrease allegedly didn’t pay the fine on time, as the commenter wants us to believe. The fine was (allegedly) never paid at all; at least when the warrant was issued! Just to be certain, I checked the Delaware Criminal Justice Wanted Person Review and the status is unchanged, but you should view it and the “Caution” statement for yourself.
As a commentary, I am sick of people not doing the right thing. I’m appalled by those who run when accountable and label them cowards. I’m equally sickened by those who excuse, justify, or minimize uncivil and/or criminal behavior. Personally, it is my life’s mission to see justice is served, for Ryan’s sake. As citizens of the United States we agree to a social contract that basically says in exchange for government protection that we will behave ourselves, or willingly face the consequences. Our Constitution uses this as a central theme. For those who want lawlessness and anarchy then please leave.
Syria would be an option.