Saturday, March 06, 2010

Alaska Justice: Schaeffer Cox Accepts Plea Deal For Misdemeanor Reckless Endangerment, Gets Suspended Sentence


Justice in Alaska can be swift, sure, and proportional, when all parties agree to it. Fairbanks militia leader Schaeffer Cox (pictured at left), originally charged with second-degree felony assault after a brief tussle with his wife during a trip to Anchorage, pleaded guilty on Friday March 5th, 2010 to a reduced charge of reckless endangerment as part of a plea agreement. In addition, Cox was placed on probation for two years and received a one-month suspended sentence, and will also have to attend classes in alternatives to violence. Full story from the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

Fairbanks District Attorney Michael Gray said that Cox’s wife wanted the case dismissed or pleaded down to misdemeanor disorderly conduct to help the couple save their marriage. With the case primarily resting on her testimony, it was important to take that into account when deciding how to resolve the case, he said. “While the decision to go forward or not go forward with any case is in the discretion of my office and not the victim, we always try to take the victim’s desires into account when fashioning any resolution,” Gray said.

It turns out that Cox's wife was actually responsible for posting Cox's $3,500 bail as well. Schaeffer Cox appreciates the support he has received over the past week. He said he does not believe conviction will change public opinion about him, and he plans to hold another meeting of the Second Amendment Task Force on Friday March 12th.

Analysis: This turned out to be a win-win situation all the way around. Cox's wife is to be commended for putting the marriage first and accepting her secondary responsibility for provoking the assault in the first place by threatening, in a momentary fit of pique, to leave her husband AND take the kid. No real father can tolerate being cut off from his kid.

Schaeffer Cox is to be commended for taking responsibility for over-reacting to his wife's threat and voluntarily turning himself in once he found out about the warrant against him. He did not attempt to evade or obstruct justice.

D.A. Michael Gray is to be commended for refusing to wipe the slate completely clean and instead proposing a solution that would impose after-the-fact accountability upon Schaeffer Cox without curtailing his right to bear arms or otherwise ruining his life. A felony domestic violence conviction can curtail your right to bear arms. While Cox is clearly a productive, law-abiding citizen, he is a bit impulsive, and a message must be sent that it is unacceptable to physically assault one's wife simply because she threatens to leave. Anger management is the key.

And finally, the entire process was brief, lasting only two weeks from the initial offense (February 25th) to final adjudication (March 5th), resulting in miminal consumption of time and resources. No expensive, drawn-out process ensued. Government functioned as it was intended; as a referee facilitating a solution agreeable to all rather than as a tyrant imposing a solution permanently marginalizing one party.

11 comments:

  1. "Analysis: This turned out to be a win-win situation all the way around. Cox's wife is to be commended for putting the marriage first and accepting her secondary responsibility for provoking the assault in the first place by threatening, in a momentary fit of pique, to leave her husband AND take the kid. No real father can tolerate being cut off from his kid.

    Schaeffer Cox is to be commended for taking responsibility for over-reacting to his wife's threat and voluntarily turning himself in once he found out about the warrant against him. He did not attempt to evade or obstruct justice."

    Did your daddy slap around your mama, A.A.?
    Would you have OK'd that one? Sounds like it.
    Yep! We will be reading about this woman's murder one of these days. I'm sure you will OK that also.
    Freak...typical wannabe redneck mentality.

    Valkyrie

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  2. And how can you predict Schaeffer Cox's future with such certainty? Did you borrow the Urim and Thummin from Temple Square in Salt Lake and gaze into it?

    The fact is, Schaeffer Cox is a young, impulsive guy who hasn't yet completely figured out how to control his emotions. In case you have forgotten, he has NO PRIOR criminal record. Consequently, this incident is ATYPICAL.

    Obvious anti-male bias on your part, as well.

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  3. Don't listen to Valkyrie. He's just a government provocateur. They're going to pull out all the stops during our struggle to take back our country. We all need to recognize that we've been lied to by these criminals all our lives. You have to look and listen very carefully at what they'll be showing and telling us. I can almost guarantee that you'll never find any truth in the Main Stream Media propaganda machine. It's an amazing thing that Schaeffer and his wife are doing, trying to protect themselves and us all. Their job would be made much easier if we'd all just try, try to wake-up and stop hiding our skeletons in the closet.

    God Bless the Cox Family

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  4. Schaeffer Cox is young and impulsive, just a hint arrogant, this is a kind warning to cool the jets-don't think more highly of yourself than you ought. It is forgivable if he asks for it, and decides to go the distance with his wife. If they break up it will be political and social suicide, he will appear as the 'typical', not the 'unusual' he has been thus far, a great strength. He needs to get on his knee's and pray for God to root out all pride; and so let God use this gifted young man. Not by pragmatism, rather the Power of God in a wicked world. I am praying for this family-divorce would be the worst result of this, where it could majorly change their marriage for the better. Schaeffer, you are just a man, don't ever forget that. Thank you Marti for your grace in this...forgive him in grace.

    Movin' on

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  5. It's never ok to strangle someone. It's not a "win win" situation. He tried to choke his wife in front of their child. WTF?

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  6. Um..I'm a guy with four kids. Pretty sure that choking my wife in front of them, behind them, even when they're not around is what we generally call "a bad thing".

    In all honesty, it's one of those "bad things" that coud get someone justifiably shot. After all, what would your hero do, if someone slammed him against the wall, and started choking him?

    You want this guy for governor, after he chokes his wife for making a simple comment? I'm betting he'd activate the National Guard to go after the news media for making unflattering comments about him on the nightly news. He's got anger issues, and doesn't need a gun, much less the authority of a governor.

    Good job with the blatant ignoring of a wife beater, though. How IS that cognitive dissonance working out for you?

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  7. Are you for real?

    Blaming the wife for inciting violence onto herself?

    What backwoods bath house did you just crawl out og?

    Unbelievable.

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    I came here looking for other Alaska Gays, and found this packaged pack of lies and mis-information....

    I have to come here more often.. this joke is just too funny...

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  8. Wow. I mean, WOW. Yup, win-win, because counseling will fix the urge to beat up your wife. I don't care what someone says, if you beat them yup, hit them, or choke them, THIS IS ASSAULT AND YOU SHOULD BE PUNISHED ACCORDINGLY. I mean, the justice system does work sometimes, right? Maybe? Please?

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  9. Wow. Fuckin psycho Cox. Figures

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  10. You cannot blame a woman for "provoking" an attack. That kind of thought process is what keeps women in bad situations. Whether or not they want to keep and work on the relationship is HER business but threatening to take your child and leave someone who punched you is NOT PROVOKING an attack. That's just assinine.

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  11. i choke my wife all the time, my kids love it!

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