How Is That Reduced Bail System Working Out?

How do you spell “recidivism?” Man accused of raping Tinder date — while on bail for allegedly raping another Tinder date.

A North Side man is accused of raping a woman he met on a dating app in May while he was on bail for allegedly committing an identical crime against another woman last year.

This time he is being held without bail, because he violated the terms of his 2019 release for the previous allegation.

And all of this because keeping violent offenders in jail would be unfair. NOTE: I’ve put this in the “Lawyers Behaving Badly” category. I probably need to create a “Judges Behaving Badly” category as well. Though Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx really doesn’t like to prosecute criminals, because Social Justice or something.

Another Prosecutor Abusing His Power?

JusticeIt sure looks that way to me – OR – How can a Grand Jury subpoena be issued, when there is no Grand Jury? EXCLUSIVE: GBI probe of Fulton County DA Paul Howard widens.

Prosecuting attorneys wouldn’t LIE, would they?

The Georgia Attorney General has now asked the GBI to investigate grand jury subpoenas issued by Howard’s office in the Rayshard Brooks murder case.

Senior I-Team reporter Dale Russell says those grand jury subpoenas were issued by Howard’s office even though there was no grand jury in place.

He apparently forgot about COVID-19, and its impacts on the Criminal Justice System. (A Criminal System that is in no way interested in Justice.)

“What are we doing? That is a violation of our ethical code of conduct,” says GSU law professor Jessica Gable Cino

Gable Cino is a law professor who specializes in prosecutorial misconduct. She says not only does Paul Howard face ethical questions, but potentially legal problems as well.

Ethics? We don’t need no stinkin’ Ethics! Especially when there are politically-motivated prosecutions to pursued.

Hat tip to Power Line Blog: An outrageous prosecution in Atlanta turns scandalous, who notes that when confronted with this “error,” DA Howard issued three explanations.

Jessica Gable Cino, a law professor at Georgia State University, notes that Howard’s three explanations for sending out grand jury subpoenas contradict one another, and none of them makes legal sense. “For all intents of purposes right now it looks like there’s an abuse of process which could completely derail this case, and nobody wants that outcome,” Cino said.

I’m not sure about the last part of that statement.

Also a Hat Tip goes to Wombat-socho.

You Don’t Expect an Illinois Politician to Enforce the Law, Do You?

If you do, you are sadly mistaken. The Illinois State’s Attorney for Cook County refuses to prosecute just about anything. Kim Foxx Games the System.

She has basically decided not to prosecute looting and rioting.

Foxx declining to prosecute is a reward conferred to a political cause which has been nursed into existence by the Progressive Left which extols fanaticism and sees no virtue in either forbearance or tolerance with dissenting views.

Can you guess what this will do the crime rate in Chicago? To the amount of looting and rioting?

Hat tip to Second City Cop.

The media isn’t looking at this. Only the alternative news sources.

Those Civilized British

JusticeWhere rape is almost never prosecuted because it was her fault, or she asked for it or something like that. ‘The police said it wasn’t rape it was rough sex’

I can’t even stand to read this, but here are the statistics, buried at the bottom of the article.

In England and Wales, only 1.7% of reported rapes are prosecuted, according to Home Office statistics. Charities warn that the official number of sexual assault reports is only a fraction of the real problem, arguing that rape is still severely under-reported.

And self-defense, not just firearms, is outlawed. You are supposed to depend on the police for protection! Some plan.

The Nightmare that is Qualified Immunity

JusticeSo bureaucrats can violate your constitutional rights, and you have no recourse. UConn not liable for unconstitutional punishment of athlete because she flipped the bird on national TV.

The judge said they violated the first amendment and granted them immunity anyway.

Harris noted that the rationale for the creation of qualified immunity was to protect public officials from “the constant fear of liability for ‘reasonable but mistaken judgements about open legal questions.’”

Asked how qualified immunity could be more “reasonable,” Harris told The Fix she understands that public officials need “breathing room.” Yet the current standard lets public officials off the hook for almost any reason, while at the same time “private employees do not have such protections!”

Because Keeping Violent Criminals in Jail Is Unfair

So how’s that affordable bail working out? 7-Year-Old N.C. Girl Is Fatally Shot, Allegedly by Man Who Was Released from Jail Hours Earlier.

Because keeping violent criminals in jail is unfair, or something.

He was arrested for “assault by pointing a gun” on Tuesday. He bonded himself out and three hours later killed Aaliyah Norris, who was sitting in a car and eating ice cream.

On Wednesday, Shaquille Marshon Francis, 26, was arrested and charged with murder.

This time, the bail isn’t so affordable. The investigation continues, or it will, until they disband the police anyway.

You Expect “The System” to Protect You?

Then you haven’t been paying attention. Murder victim’s friends say PA woman made good on her vow to kill.

Threats. A break in. A house burned down and another fire. And a dead ex-husband.

But no one was able to stop it. Police and the district attorney say they did all they could before the murder within the limits of the law.

Through all of it, the people on the receiving end tried to get the cops, the DA, the arson investigators, anyone to do something. They did nothing. Which is what they usually do.

Now talking to the cops is a fine thing to do in a case like this, but you might consider how expecting “The System” to do all the work turned out in this case.

Chicago’s Recipe for More Crime

JusticeReduced or no bail means that criminals are back on the street. If you make something cheaper, you will see more of it.

First up… violent criminal remains a violent criminal. On bail for allegedly battering cop last month, man’s now accused of robbing woman on Red Line.

A man who’s on bail for allegedly battering a police officer at a downtown CTA station last month is now charged with robbing a woman as she rode the Red Line home from work in Uptown on Monday.

He is being held, on a $10,000 bond. If he can raise the 10%, he will have to be electronically monitored.

Next up, “free” bail. On recognizance bond for CTA robbery, man’s charged with brandishing knife and injuring 2 cops.

This guy didn’t even have to raise 1000 bucks.

When prosecutors in April charged Ein Julian with robbing a man on the Red Line downtown, he went home on a recognizance bond. Now, prosecutors say he broke one cop’s finger and spit in another’s face Sunday afternoon when they tried to stop him as he brandished a knife in North Center.

Because keeping violent criminals in jail is unfair.

Qualified Immunity – The Disaster Imposed by SCOTUS

JusticeUsually nothing happens to cops when they behave badly; that is because of “qualified immunity.” Cops Kill Because We Gave Them The Legal Framework to Do It.

Get rid of that, and they would stop doing a lot of things.

In the wake of the Civil War, freed southern blacks were terrorized by lynch mobs and other attackers. Congress responded to Ku Klux Klan violence against freed southern blacks by enacting the Civil Rights Act of 1871 to authorize lawsuits against any person acting “under color of” law who causes a “deprivation of any rights… secured by the Constitution and laws.” But in a series of decisions beginning in 1967, the Supreme Court gutted that law by permitting police and other government agents to claim they acted in “good faith” when violating citizens’ rights. In 1982, the Supreme Court granted government officials immunity unless they violated “clearly established statutory or constitutional rights of which a reasonable person would have known.”

Regardless of centuries of court rulings that clearly demarcated citizens’ constitutional rights, the Supreme Court decided government officials deserved “qualified immunity” unless a prior court case had condemned almost exactly the same abusive behavior. Federal judge Don Willett declared in 2018 that “qualified immunity smacks of unqualified impunity, letting public officials duck consequences for bad behavior—no matter how palpably unreasonable—as long as they were the first to behave badly.”

Qualified immunity was a series of bad decisions, but because of Stare Decisis, the legal doctrine which says a bad decision is better than a good law, the Courts created a whole series of protections for cops, doing just about anything they want. It isn’t right, and it isn’t making society a better place. But the legislature can’t fix this. Because the justices on the SCOTUS have appointed themselves our dictatorial rulers.

People always ask, “How do we fix this?” Well one place to start would be with qualified immunity. Anyway, go read the whole thing. You won’t be disappointed.

And while you’re at it, you can consider a case from last year, that you probably didn’t hear about, that has many similarities to the George Floyd case. Police laughed and joked as he lost consciousness in handcuffs. Minutes later, he died.

The evidence unearthed by Vicki Timpa and her lawyers, along with the Morning News and NBC5, has led to an excessive force lawsuit in federal court and an indictment of three of the officers involved, Kevin Mansell, Danny Vasquez and Dustin Dillard. In March, the Dallas County district attorney dismissed the charges against them, and they returned to active duty the next month.

Keeping Violent Criminals in Jail is Unfair

So says the Left. Released Early Due To Coronavirus: Former Weld County Inmate Now Accused Of Strangulation.

A former Weld County Jail inmate, who was released early from a two year sentence due to COVID-19 concerns, is now accused of attacking and strangling someone one month after his release. The Windsor Police Department is now searching for Christopher A. Vecchiarelli, 36, after they say he attacked a woman, leaving bruises in several places and fracturing her arm.

Someone will say his infraction didn’t mean he should be exposed to COVID-19. Should the woman he attacked have had her arm broken?

Because Keeping Criminals in Jail is Unfair

This might just be a record for least time to re-offend. California man allegedly proceeded to strangle a child just 10 minutes after being released from jail.

He was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs and driving the wrong way. He was released from jail the next day.

“Not more than 10 minutes later Orozco forced a female out of her car in the parking lot of Natividad Medical Center. The female refused to give up the keys to her car so Orozco began to strangle the female’s 11 year old child,” the post continued.

According to police, the female then gave up her keys and pulled her child out of the car before Orozco sped off.

Cops caught up with him, and thru him back in jail. No word on if he will again be released under “zero bail.”

Cops Wouldn’t Lie to Get a Warrant. Would They?

Of course they would. ‘FALSE INFORMATION’ ‘No suspected drug packages to justify warrant’ to raid home of black hero nurse shot dead by police.

This is about the death of Breonna Taylor.

First up we should note that the guy they were looking for was arrested earlier in the day 10 miles away. He had been involved with Ms. Taylor – 2 years ago.

Then there is the evidence used to get the no-knock warrant.

The same detective said he had verified “through a US Postal Inspector” that Glover had been receiving packages at her address.

But a Louisville postal inspector, Tony Gooden, told a local news station that Louisville police did not check with his office about Breonna’s apartment.

He said another law enforcement agency had asked his office in January to investigate for suspicious mail arriving at her home, but they concluded there were none.

“There’s no packages of interest going there,” Gooden told WDRB News on Friday.

Oops. The cops have been in cover-up mode since they killed this innocent woman. Because Lies followed by death don’t look good. To anyone.

Perjury charges. Loss of pension. Jail time. I don’t expect anything to happen to these cops. The are fighting the War on (Some) Drugs™ and there are bound to be problems in war. Truth is the first casualty.

The Left’s Plan to Do Away With Bail

Because keeping dangerous criminals in jail is unfair. </sarcasm> Two charities have bailed scores of felony defendants out of Cook County Jail. Some were soon charged with new crimes..

The charities say that they are “charge agnostic” because that would be unfair. But even Jesse Jackson’s charity, which bailed out a lot of people over the years, had some boundaries.

Both civil rights leader the Rev. Jesse Jackson and businessman and political candidate Willie Wilson have been bailing out Cook County Jail detainees for years. But both said in Tribune interviews that they specifically exclude people charged with violent felonies or crimes with guns.

“Society would not appreciate that. That would not be acceptable,” Jackson said.

Still, if you don’t think that people should be in jail for the misdemeanors like “riding a bicycle on a public sidewalk” then you could always work to change the law. (That was an example from the story.)

I don’t know if that is a Chicago specific law, or an Illinois law, and I grew up and learned to ride a bicycle in Illinois. Of course there where no sidewalks in my neighborhood, and not many people walking on the sidewalks in the rest of town.

As for the effort to eliminate bail…

Starting in 2017, the courts have lowered or eliminated cash bail for many criminal defendants and dramatically lowered the jail population. The Tribune reported in February that a major study commissioned by Evans to support the reforms had flaws that minimized the number of defendants charged with murder and other violent crimes while out on bail.

Guess where the charities fall on the questions around these reforms.

Less Than $10,000 Per Year for a Life Stolen

JusticeThey covered up evidence that he didn’t commit the crime. Baltimore to pay $125,000 to man who spent 16 years wrongfully in jail.

A man who spent 16 years in jail for murder – before another man’s confession was uncovered in a Baltimore City police report – will be awarded $125,000 to settle his lawsuit.

The prosecutor said the confession was “not to be released” to the defense. Why? Because winning was more important than justice. Oh that lawyer, went on to become a judge. She died while this guy was in prison for a crime he did not commit.

The Criminal Justice System. Definitely criminal, and not interested in Justice.

Chicago’s Recipe for More Crime

What’s the use of having tons of gun laws, if they never get applied? Man on House Arrest for Gun Offense Allegedly Shoots, Kills Teen.

A man on house arrest for carrying a gun without a license allegedly shot and killed a 15-year-old boy who lived across the street from his Lawndale home, Cook County prosecutors say.

Dequawn Little, 21, was allegedly close enough to his electronic monitoring box, located in the dining room of the house, that he didn’t trigger a violation.

I would guess that carrying a concealed weapon without a license is a felony in Illinois, but I could be wrong.

Prosecutors are at a loss to describe motive. How about, “A violent criminal being violent?”

So Did The System Know a Hit was Contracted?

What did they know, and what did they do about it? Pregnant Chicago teen was gunned down after $5,000 bounty was placed on her head for testifying in murder trial, prosecutors say.

Davis was recorded on phone calls from Cook County Jail talking about a female witness who testified in his trial, wanting to find out where she is and “discussing how, when he gets a new trial, she can’t be a witness against him,” Murphy said.

Prosecutors did not say when the calls took place or who Davis was calling.

So he was recorded. Did anyone listen to the recordings? Is it standard operating procedure to let criminals plan hits against witnesses?

They have arrested someone for the murder and he is being held. But it doesn’t seem like they did much to protect this witness. Even the defense attorney quoted for the article seems to think that the attack on witnesses will be a problem.

So how does this impact what passes for the Rule of Law in Chicago?

California’s Governor Sets Convicted Murderer Free

He said he was sorry. Or something. Gov. Newsom commutes sentence of man convicted in 1987 murder of Bakersfield gas station clerk.

Bradley was convicted for the 1987 murder of gas station attendant Claude Baker. He was sentenced in 1988 to a sentence of life without the possibility of parole and has served 32 years of his sentence.

So not only does California not have the death penalty, they also don’t have “life without the possibility of parole.”

Because that would be unfair. Or something.

Planting Drugs on People Not a Violation of NYPD Rules

JusticeBut then why did you expect it to be? NYPD cops caught on video planting drugs again.

Twice they were recorded by body camera planting evidence.

Erickson and Pastran repeatedly searched the vehicle and Serrano’s jacket for several minutes but were unable to find anything illicit. Caught on his own body cam video, Erickson clearly planted a nugget of marijuana on the cup holder before claiming to “find” it.

According to Pastran’s body camera, Erickson appeared to plant pot flakes inside one of pockets of Serrano’s jacket before giving his partner a fist bump. Serrano spent the next five days handcuffed to a hospital bed while recovering from his abdominal wound. Unaware of the existence of the body cam videos, Serrano later pleaded guilty to avoid jail time.

Both remain on patrol. Hey, they are making arrests. The arrests are bogus, but they don’t care and their bosses don’t care.

An internal investigation determined that Erickson and Pastran had committed no police misconduct during Kuyateh’s arrest. The newly released footage of Serrano’s arrest clearly depicts the same officers planting drugs while sharing nearly the exact same dialogue between each other.

Justice? What’s that?

Jussie Smollett Isn’t The Only One To Get a Pass in Cook County

JusticeJustice? Kim Foxx isn’t interested in Justice. Politically-connected email to Kim Foxx got results for teen murderer.

It turns out that Smollett isn’t the only person to have extraordinarily good luck in court after a private appeal was sent to Foxx’s personal email address.

It is a bit complicated to summarize here. Suffice it to say that the case of Dionte Johnson, who was 14 when he participated in brutal murder, got what looks to be special consideration from Foxx’s office for a crime committed when he was an adult. After a email was sent on his behalf.

I don’t expect this to impact her reelection.

Leniency Leads to Crime Spree

JusticeSix deaths in six days. He should have been in prison. Police: Suspect in multiple Detroit-area killings dies after shooting himself. So what is social justice quotient in 6 deaths?

Brown’s case has triggered controversy and finger-pointing as he allegedly carried out these crimes weeks after a federal judge released him back into society following a probation violation, rather than locking him back up.

But keeping violent criminals in prison is unfair.

He shot himself as police were closing in.

Six people would be alive if that judge had exercised some judgement. But instead, I’m sure he was worried about his social-justice standing.