EDITOR: If our elected officials have some higher duty to explain their conduct where a reasonable man would remain silent, Supervisor Efren Carrillo has more than met this obligation by volunteering a written statement shortly after the incident in San Diego.
He confirmed that he was on private, not public business, provided a reasonable explanation of his conduct, and promised to reveal the details at the appropriate time. The appropriate time is in court with counsel, not in the pages of the press.
Carrillo has earned the trust and admiration of his constituents. Given his record of accomplishment and a written explanation of the events, he should now exercise his constitutional right to remain silent.
I agree that his "employers deserve a more thorough explanation" (PD Editorial of 9-7-12). However, if charges are actually filed against him, there will be plenty of opportunity to examine the facts through the lens of due process in our courts of law.
To a large extent, being an elected official may limit one's privacy; it should not compromise one's constitutional rights.
Attorney, Santa Rosa
<b>A teacher's lament</b>
EDITOR: Perhaps the saddest thing about the letter headlined "We need Romney" in Wednesday's paper is that the writer is a public school teacher.