Monday, September 14, 2009

Sykes Gets His Facts Wrong: The Prosecution Rests

In today's letters to the editor section of the local daily paper (emphasis mine):

Sykes got his facts wrong

Charlie Sykes, like many of his contemporaries in the talk radio business, has again ignored facts to promote his views.

During his broadcast Sept. 10, Sykes was discussing the tragic death of UWM student Nathan Potter, allegedly shot and killed by Seandell Jackson. He pointed out that Jackson was arrested in Sheboygan for carrying a concealed weapon and received a three-day jail sentence, which is true.

But he described that concealed weapon as an "illegal handgun" and implied that if Sheboygan knew what it was doing, Jackson would have gotten a longer sentence and might not have been free to commit the homicide.

The "concealed weapon" was a pocket folding knife, not a handgun, and I doubt that Jackson would have even been arrested in Milwaukee County, much less charged, convicted and sentenced to jail.

I guess the truth doesn't make for good talk show garbage. But we should all be used to that by now.

Joe DeCecco
District attorney
Sheboygan County

Well said, sir, well said.


  1. Come on Dan, I know you are out there. Explain why a knife is the same as a handgun to Sykes, except when it isn't.

  2. the d.a. really took him to the Woodhouse- i mean woodshed.

  3. the d.a. really took him to the Woodhouse- i mean woodshed.

  4. The interesting thing to me is that the JS ran the letter, debunking something that was on the radio and not in the paper. Maybe because it was the DA it carried some weight. If you (Keith, for example) wrote a letter saying Sykes got his facts wrong on the air, I cam't imagine the paper would print it.