Call the VA crisis line -- get tried for weapons charges that could carry 40 sentence
More often than not I disagree with the Roanoke Times editorials. However sometimes they nail it.
No justice in prosecution - Roanoke.com
Editorial: No justice in prosecution
Dismiss the case against a U.S. veteran who only threatened himself.
A case unfolding in federal court — one that never should have been brought to bear — threatens to rend the fragile safety net that was strung to save this nation's troubled veterans.
Sean Duvall could have been just another statistic, just one of the estimated 18 veterans dead each day by their own hand.
Instead, he did what the Department of Veteran Affairs suggests. He called the crisis line set up in 2007 to help suicidal veterans. He was desperate, depressed, homeless and wandering Blacksburg with a suicide note to his family and a home-made gun fashioned from a steel pipe and a shotgun shell.
He had hurt no one, nor did he intend harm to anyone but himself. By seeking help, Duvall unknowingly invited the full and awesome power of the U.S. attorney's office into his life. And now he is being prosecuted by the very government he once defended, the very government that said it would guide him through his troubles if only he'd call and ask for help.
Duvall's crime stems from having a crude weapon and for waiting, as instructed, on the edge of Virginia Tech's campus for help to arrive.