To the credit of the citizens of San Diego, there has been a healthy respect for the law and faith in our judicial system during the trial and deliberations in the Sagon Penn case. This week the American judicial system yielded a partial verdict.
I know that there are strong feelings in many segments of the community about this case. Some people will feel happy with the decision, and some will not. I share the police officers' concerns and sadness over the loss of a co-worker and friend, especially in light of the fact that within the past few years nine officers have died in the line of duty. To the family of Officer Thomas Riggs, I must again express my sadness and my sympathy for their loss. I also share the concerns and sadness that have affected the family of Sagon Penn during the course of this ordeal.
But, however anyone feels, I want us all to remain thankful for the kind of judicial system we have in this country. This case resulted in months of testimony. The jury deliberations were one of the longest in the history of San Diego County. I believe we are fortunate to have a judicial system where our peers will give up their time to serve on a jury, listen to testimony and then jointly deliver, to the best of their abilities, a fair and impartial judgment.