I Guess Illinois Doesn’t Have a “Three Strikes and You’re Out” Law

A violent felon, out on parole, is accused of acting like a violent felon. CWB Chicago: Now Charged With Robbing Boystown Resident, Lifelong Felon Is On Parole For Beating Man With A Brick

Barners is charged with one count of felony robbery and has been ordered held without bail by Judge Stephanie Miller.

On May 20, 2014, Barners was arrested and charged with aggravated battery after he beat a man in the head with a brick in the 900 block of West School Street. Barners pleaded guilty, received a six-year sentence, and was paroled in May 2017.

His history of violent crime dates back to the Reagan Administration. He has done time for multiple instances of aggravated battery, home invasion, narcotics, and other crimes. Do you think he will reform? I don’t.

When people tell me how bad the “tough on crime” laws are, and how “three strikes and you’re out” is unfair, I love to cite cases like this. What is fair to the guy who got hit in the hear with a brick? What is fair to the guy who got robbed this time around? And what will he do to his next victim, and is that fair?


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.

A Machete Crime in London Every 90 Minutes

More dispatches from the place where Great Britain used to be. One machete attack happens every 90 minutes on UK streets | Daily Mail Online

One machete crime every 90 minutes on Britain’s streets as police try to deal with thugs carrying out murders, rapes and burglaries

Curiously, machetes are not on the list of banned weapons, which includes everything from ninja stars to telescoping batons.

The article contains a list of some of the crimes. Everything from people hacked to death, to one guy who had his hand cut off.

Figures uncovered using freedom of information requests show that in the last two months of 2017 police dealt with 928 crimes involving machetes. This is an average of 15 a day – or one every 90 minutes.

Statistics for 2017 show a 21 percent increase in crimes where a “knife or sharp object” were used. The authorities promise even more knife control. Doing the same thing and expecting a different result is one definition of insanity. (Hat tip to Milo)

A Reasoned Examination of Recent FBI Conduct

JusticeWritten by a former Federal Prosecutor. In a world where accusations of bias are screamed, it is nice to see someone lay out the facts calmly. The Politicization of the FBI – Imprimis

Over the past year, facts have emerged that suggest there was a plot by high-ranking FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) officials in the Obama administration, acting under color of law, to exonerate Hillary Clinton of federal crimes and then, if she lost the election, to frame Donald Trump and his campaign for colluding with Russia to steal the presidency. This conduct was not based on mere bias, as has been widely claimed, but rather on deeply felt animus toward Trump and his agenda.

It is worth the time. [Hat tip to The Road Kill Diaries.]

And You Wonder Why Chicago Has a Crime Problem

They keep having to let people go with misdemeanor charges because they can’t get fingerprints on recovered guns tested fast enough. Again: Felon Chased, Gun Recovered, But Charges Are Spiked Due To Slow Fingerprint Testing

For the second time in two weeks, 19th District (Town Hall) cops have chased after a suspect, found a handgun, and then watched as the arrestee went free on misdemeanor charges because the city couldn’t provide timely fingerprint analysis of the recovered weapon.

Is this a bug in the system or feature? In Chicago, it is hard to tell, because it is unlikely that he would be hit with a federal gun charge – which could mean serious time at a federal prison. Why? Because that isn’t the way Chicago rolls.

He was arrested for trespassing and resisting police. They found a loaded gun along his attempted escape route but couldn’t get the fingerprints checked in time, so prosecutors settled on the 2 misdemeanor charges.

And while all of this is going on, he is out on bail on a couple of cases.

Following Essex’s arrest last Friday, prosecutors did not bother filing a motion for violation of bail bond in either of his pending felony cases.

Why? Because that isn’t how Cook County rolls.

Catch-and-Release really doesn’t work as a crime-prevention strategy.

He Was Sentenced to 20 Years For Murder. Now Arrested for Sexual Assault.

The 20 years for murder was part of plea deal. He only got 20 years for murder; now he’s accused of beating, raping Gautier woman | gulflive.com

He would have completed his sentence in April of next year. Sometime in the past 2 years he was paroled.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call in the early morning Tuesday reporting a woman screaming in the woods. Deputies responding to the call located the victim, who said she had been physically and sexually assaulted at gunpoint. She was treated and released at Ocean Springs Hospital.

A few hours later, Neal turned himself in to Mississippi Probation and Parole.

I doubt the authorities will bother the federal .gov about the gun charges. A felon in possession of a gun, parolee committing a violent crime could be a lot of federal years. Was all this the fault of the 20-year-sentence for murder?

You Must Affirmatively Invoke Your Right to Remain Silent

JusticeThis is one of those rulings that only make sense to lawyers. Right to Remain Silent | Cornered Cat

In 2013, the US Supreme Court ruled (in Salinas v. Texas) that in a police investigation a person must specifically invoke their Constitutional right to remain silent. Otherwise the very fact that they said nothing in response to questioning may be used against them later in court.

So what should you do? Go read the whole thing.