Kim Calabrese's March 19 letter referred to Judge Salvador Vasquez's rulings in two separate cases. I have known Judge Vasquez since he was a deputy prosecutor and I was a rookie detective. We came to know each other and became friends.
He was a very strict deputy prosecutor and sometimes we did not agree but his decisions were always fair and just, never personal.
I do not know why he decided to give out the sentences he did concerning the length of times that has Calabrese questioning his decision. But I can assure you there was a valid unbiased reason he came to the decisions he did.
Vasquez, I can assure you, took into consideration all the facts and variables allowed by law to base his decision fairly and justly.
Lake County is fortunate to have such an honorable, experienced and even tough man as Salvador Vasquez to sit on the bench. He is strict, firm and no-nonsense, that I assure you.
- Roger P. Smith, Valparaiso