Prosecutors REALLY Hate Self-defense

JusticeThey will do almost anything to charge someone, even when the circumstances are clear. DA files motion to withdraw involuntary manslaughter charges

The Criminal Justices System is not interested in Justice. It is interested in winning. Some members of the system are also interested in reinforcing the idea that you must be completely dependent on the state for your safety. (Otherwise they might be out of a job!) And they have not dropped all charges against this woman.

First let’s talk about the 911 tape. Originally the prosecutor had this woman – who shot her abusive husband – in jail on $100,000 bond. Her lawyer got that reduced to $25,000 when the judge heard the 911 tape.

On the 911 tape, Helena Crosby was heard begging dispatchers for help during the Sept. 24 incident. On the recording, dispatchers told Helena Crosby to lock the doors and stay inside while police were on the way, but as Helena Crosby and the dispatcher were talking her husband re-entered the home and Helena Crosby began to scream just moments before she allegedly shot him.

She is charged with aggravated assault and simple assault.

Helena Crosby’s attorney, Joel Wiest, of Sunbury, said the charges should have never been placed on his client because she is innocent. Wiest said his client acted in self-defense because she was physically abused for years by her husband.

“The facts unerringly show that Helena (Crosby) was in reasonable fear for her life at the time of the incident in question and therefore she can’t possibly be guilty of any of the charges against her,” Wiest said.

But the prosecutor – Northumberland County District Attorney Tony Matulewicz – can’t advance his own career with that story.

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He Appears to Have Problems With Understanding the Prefix “Ex”

Not sure what he was trying to accomplish, but I’m pretty sure his day didn’t turn out as he planned. Suspect in break-in shot by ex-wife | Tulsa’s 24-Hour News, Weather and Traffic

He was trying to break into his ex-wife’s apartment. He has apparently be harassing her.

She shot him in the side.

No mention of a restraining order, or what he will be charged with. But I’m glad she realized that she needed a plan for her self-defense. (And the defense of her kids, who live with her.) Oklahoma has that wonderful “Make My Day” law, so the chances she will be charged with anything are slim.

Self-defense is a human-right. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

He Apparently Didn’t Like the “Ex” Part of Ex-boyfriend

The “How dare you live without me” attitude rarely ends well for anyone. Mississippi man allegedly killed while breaking into ex’s home, family says otherwise | FOX13

He broke into his ex-girlfriend’s apartment through a window. He was shot and killed by her current boyfriend.

Predictably, the family of the dead-guy doesn’t believe any of it. He was a nice guy. He couldn’t fit through a window. Whatever.

Davis’s family said he wasn’t the type to start an altercation. Family members are now demanding to know how many times Davis was shot.

Police told the family Davis entered the apartment through a window, but family members believe he’s a too big to climb through a window.

No charges against the shooter, because self-defense is a human-right.

He Couldn’t Accept the “Ex” part of Being Her Ex-husband

It didn’t turn out well for him. Police: No charges to be filed after man fatally shot at Lowcountry motel.

She left him, but he couldn’t leave it alone.

According to police, Blevins’ wife was visiting a male friend at the motel when her recently estranged husband showed up at the motel.

“Donovan Blevins, broke into the hotel room, by busting through a window, and gained entry into the room,” WPD officials said.

So while he was trying prove what a caveman he was, she shot him. He died from his wounds.

There will be no charges, because self-defense is a human-right.

The “How Dare You Live Without Me” Attitude Never Works Out

He just couldn’t accept that it was over, that he was the “ex-fiance.” Now everything is over for this guy. Man attacked ex in KCK before being shot, killed, ex says | The Kansas City Star

So she’s at home, watching a movie with a friend, when her ex-fiance starts pounding on a glass door. He eventually breaks in through the door, and attacks her.

The friend in the home eventually shot and killed O’Donnell, an act that Bartlett said was in self-defense.

Detective Cameron Morgan with the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department said initial information in the case points to a self-defense shooting.

While the police are still investigating, it seems like pretty clear case of self-defense. Which is a human-right. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

Justice System Epic Fail

JusticeI usually characterize the Justice System as just another .gov bureaucracy. But if you got this kind of performance from the DMV, you would be rightfully pissed off. Report: Suspect in woman’s murder was arrested, released twice for assaulting her – CBS News

He assaulted her in October. He was released because a judge denied that he be held pending trial. She obtained a restraining order. On December 4th he assaulted her again (in violation of said restraining order) and kidnapped their 4-year-old son. A judge again denied holding him, even though that incident included a weapons charge.

On Tuesday, he killed her.

Newark police on Tuesday found 28-year-old Tiffany Wilson shot and she was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Officers pursued 31-year-old Kareem Dawson of Irvington to Summit, where the chase ended when Dawson shot himself. He’s being treated at a hospital and is facing charges.

My guess is that this time, he will be held in jail pending his court date. But a world of hurt could have been avoided if the Justice System (so called) had done a more credible job.

In a statement to the press on Tuesday, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka blamed the murder on New Jersey’s controversial new bail reform laws, which mandate the use of algorithm-based risk-assessment tools. The new data-driven system is intended to eliminate bias from decisions about pre-trial release.

So a man, who has proven himself to be a threat to his children’s mother, is allowed out on bail because to incarcerate him would be biased? I would say it looks more like the system didn’t give a damn about her life.

And of course this being New Jersey, they make it impossible for the victimized to defend themselves. So the only people with the guns are the bad actors.

Relying on the system to offer protection is a fools hope in the best of circumstances. This is not the best of circumstances. It doesn’t take a genius to see that this guy was a threat to this woman. That he wasn’t going to abide by the restraining order. Anyone and everyone related to this case (including the geniuses that came with the algorithmic approach to justice) should be fired. And then they should be reminded of her death, and what they did to contribute to it every day for the rest of their lives.

Self-defense With an Edged Weapon

Use the weapon that’s available to you. Billings woman stabs ex-boyfriend attempting to break into her house | Billings, MT

This could be filed under “How dare you live without me.” That attitude never works out in the long run.

With police enroute, Gered Achuleta, 19, broke through the front door of the residence and knocked the woman, 30, to the ground in front of her four children and grandmother.

The woman, armed with a knife, stabbed Archuleta in the shoulder and back before he fled to a nearby house where homeowners called police after seeing the suspect bleeding from his wounds.

After a brief stop at a local hospital, Archuleta was taken to the Yellowstone County Detention Facility, where he was charged with several things, including what appears to be Montana’s version of a domestic violence attack.

Self-defense is a human-right. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.