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EDITORIAL: Court decisions at times dismay, but system still works

Joshua B. Christoffersen, 40, was freed without bail in January after his arrest related to a burglary and pursuit in the Harper area. He failed to appear later for an arraignment. (Photo courtesy of Malheur County Sheriff's Office)

Joshua Christoffersen is a fugitive on the run and in a separate case, state officials have escaped responsibility for two local deaths. The two situations are putting heat on Malheur County’s justice system. The anger is understandable, but we’re not facing a “soft on crime” trend and here’s why.

Let’s take Christoffersen.

He’s the fellow charged with leading civilians and police on a wild chase on New Year’s Eve. He put a lot of lives at risk, including police officers sent to prowl the range and buildings, looking for someone they’d . . .