Shortly after a recent broadcast I was contacted on separate occasions by the the parents of Branko Busick. I spent quite some time on the phone with Nick “big bully”Busick. I gladly listened to his complaints about discussing his son’s case and my harsh criticism of Jane Hanlin testifying. He claimed that I was sensationalizing his Bronko’s case and that I essentially made him and his crimes seem worse…worse?
Anyway I explained that my bringing up the case was never to embarrass anyone nor malign them anymore than they maligned themselves but to make clear the nature of his crimes and that when juxtaposed with Jane Hanlin’s duty to the public it just seemed improper and brought to the surface yet moe questions about her objectivity and priorities. Furthermore I made clear that this view was by no means unique to me. He made the same claim that many do when they don’t like something I wrote or reported; since I don’t have all documented details or using limited ones that I clearly am not doing my research.
First, I always do my research and just because I don’t publish every piece of paper is not indicative of otherwise. Sometimes I choose not to in an effort to avoid more than necessary detail required and and possibly causing more undue social or emotional strain on the person(s) being reported about. Sometimes it’s just to save them some honor and dignity. I am not like some mainstream media outlets that seek that next scoop or humiliating moment to cash in on.
I did invite Mr Busick to come in the air and assured him I would gladly give him the airtime needed to offer any other detail or fact of the case that he thought others should know. I hope he does come on soon. I also apologized to him for any upset but at the same time, reminded him that his son did commit some very violent crimes and he admitted to it. As a result he is subject to public discussion. He was charged with robbery 2 times involving separate occasions. That is a fact, not sensationalism. It may not be the actual charge after all the pleading and dealing but he was accountable for violent behavior nonetheless.
Until he does come on the show and just to assure him or anyone else that I do my homework the attached is not a copy of the docket, but a copy of the sentencing agreement form. I have had them for a while now. It clearly explains what the final outcome is and some of the clear reasoning.
You decide, reader. Did I make a not so bad crime and situation, seem worse? Was he vindicated of violent behavior after all is said and done? Or is my assessment of a man with connections benefiting from the power and influence of a friend to avoid a punishment that would have been placed on any other offender guilty of the same actions, a not so far fetched assessment? Did he or did he not commit some very serious and violent offenses and is the fact that people are upset with a prosecutor helping him stay out of jail so wrong? I suppose, that I can’t blame the Busicks for doing whatever they had to to keep their son out of prison, what parent wouldn’t? In the end the integrity of the office of prosecutor and the confidence of the citizens is the responsibility of Jane Hanlin, as does responsibility of such. Maybe if Hanlin can see that enough and actually engage in an honest discussion about these issues then there may a chance that she can actually make a difference in Steubenville for the better. I
If the Busicks can at least admit to themselves, if no one else that they knowingly exploited her position with complete disregard for the impact on the public trust they would not act so befuddled by the outrage and discussion of their son’s case. They can see that moving on for him will in the end be at much harder. Whereas others pay the price for their crimes and wrongs to their community, he will forever carry the stigma of one who committed another form of robbery to avoid accountability for charges of the same. He is not the victim, the public is. Perhaps the Busicks can start by asking themselves this one simple question, if all Jane was, was a community mom, would they have been so quick to call her to talk about the character of a man whom by her own admission, had not really been a part of her family’s life as before, for many years? If yes, then it begs the question why would a man of such great character fail to have many more credible witnesses that are part of his current life come forward? If no, then why act so outraged that people would be angry and not so willing to just say nothing as a criminal skates accountability at their expense?