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Letter: McLean is ultimate professional in court

| May 21, 2009 12:00 AM

Dear Editor:

As a former federal juror in Missoula, I agree with several comments and editorials regarding the unfair handling and resulting outcome of the W.R. Grace trial. I strongly disagree with any criticism of Assistant U.S. Attorney Kris McLean. 

While serving as grand jury foreman for 1 1/2 years, I worked closely with Mr. McLean and found him to be the ultimate professional. He was extremely knowledgeable, fair-minded, helpful, compassionate, supportive and thorough with all parties involved.

In my dealings with Donald Molloy, I cannot say the same. I am absolutely sure Mr. McLean presented the best possible case that he was allowed to present.

One W.R. Grace executive stated that he got his life back. What about the 225 people who have died and the possible hundreds more who will die due to asbestos-related diseases?! They will never “get their lives back.” Their loved ones will also continue to suffer for the rest of their lives.

This trial was much too significant to be presided over and manipulated by hostility and arrogance. Those of you with direct knowledge of this judicial power trip need to speak up for the citizens of Libby and also for future federal trials in Missoula.

Justice, not judicial ego, needs to prevail for the sake of our fellow Montanans.

Cheryl Beck

Whitefish