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Close readers of this newspaper on Saturday noticed a story deep inside the A section that raised more questions than it answered. Although it was a straightforward news story, recounting as many of the facts as were available, it had the impact of a commentary.

The opening sentence speaks for itself and captures our point: “An Immokalee man whose license has been suspended 11 times has been charged with manslaughter stemming from a 2001 fatal accident in which he had a blood alcohol level four times the legal limit.”

Since that accident, he has been in trouble with the law, according to the story, for violation of probation for a child-abuse conviction.

A manslaughter warrant from the Oct. 13, 2001, crash in Lehigh Acres, the story said, had been issued Jan. 17, 2002.

Our story said while the suspect, Alejandro Garcia Miranda, 45, also known as Arturo Miranda, was hospitalized in October 2001, investigators learned he was wanted on an active warrant for a previous violation of probation for driving under the influence and driving while his license was suspended or revoked.

It is a tangle.

Still, justice delayed is justice denied.

It gives the impression of a revolving door with no agency willing or able to settle up with Miranda, at least until now.

Citizens know making the justice system work is not easy, but they expect the hard work to be done more efficiently than it was in this case. Or these cases.

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