How Much Do Prosecutors Hate Self-defense?

JusticeApparently enough to withhold evidence until just before closing arguments in the trial Jury acquits Rhode Island mom in 1990 cold-case murder of her ex-boyfriend in Harlem.

Meanwhile, a photo of Rosario taken at the police precinct the night of the murder — which was turned over to the defense only minutes before closing statements — undercut the claim Rosario went on the run for two days before telling police her story about Deleon’s death.

That is just wrong. Not that the lawyers/cops involved will face any negative repercussions. (Hey, they just lost the picture, I’m sure. They would never LIE would they?)

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Self-defense Is Legal In Georgia

JusticeEven if prosecutors hate that. Augusta man acquitted of murder.

There was a “scuffle” at a basketball game. After the game, there was a confrontation.

Quarterman hit Burton so hard he broke and cracked bones that required surgery, defense attorney Ashanti Lilley told the jury. Burton was backing up but Quarterman kept advancing, kept punching and Burton fired two shots in self defense, Lilley said. Burton testified in his own defense this week, telling the jury that he was in fear for his life because of Quarterman’s friends, particularly Anthony Butler.

But despite all that, the prosecutor charged him, and had him held pending trial, for 2 years. It took the jury “several hours” to acquit.

And in more proof that the process is the punishment, he is still held, for charges from his time being incarcerated.

Larry Nassar and the FBI’s Failure to Investigate

Apparently it wasn’t politically advantageous to investigate crimes against people who had no power. Comey’s FBI Ignored Sexual Abuse Victims To Play Politics.

The Nassar case was a shameful display of failure at every level. It‘s earning newfound attention due to a documentary now available on HBO—”At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal.” The documentary tells the girls’ shocking story. (It airs again Tuesday. Warning: It’s not easy to watch.) While coaches, parents, USA Gymnastics executives and Michigan State University officials turned a blind eye to Nassar’s deviancy, hundreds of the world’s most talented female athletes were physically tormented for years as the doctor traveled with them across the country and around the world.

Complaints (plural) were made to the FBI, as the crimes covered several states and he even traveled internationally with the gymnastics team. Nothing was done.

Then, 17 months after two female Olympic athletes notified James Comey’s FBI about allegations of sexual assault—and 10 months after James Comey’s FBI opened up an official case on the matter—the feds arrested Nassar at his Michigan home in December 2016.

Perhaps if Nassar had been a quirky political consultant working for a candidate Comey didn’t like, Comey’s FBI would have acted faster.

Political law enforcement, and the FBI is nothing if not political, is not a good idea.

What Passes For Justice in the UK

In the place where Great Britain used to be. Grooming gang victim: “I was raped by more than 100 men but police arrested me not them”

Woman, now 23, who was raped by more than 100 men tells how SHE was repeatedly arrested by police and even now she receives death threats

The sorry state of Justice in the UK. Just go read it.

Think “The System” Will Protect You? Not in Cook County

Not anywhere, really, but Cook County seems to be doubling down on the “We won’t protect victims of domestic violence” stance. Domestic violence victims face risk of being attacked again following Cook County reforms, a Tribune investigation found. Not that the system did such a wonderful job before the “reform.”

So bail reform. It isn’t fair to keep people in jail before their trial. (Innocent until proved guilty.) Even if they are a known threat to someone.

One guy set his girlfriend’s garage on fire with a Molotov cocktail. The 2nd beat up his wife when a judge reduced his bond.

A third woman was attacked by her ex-boyfriend at least five times in 18 months, but he never spent more than 17 days at a time in jail until prosecutors finally charged him with a felony after he racked up five cases and probation violations.

Those are just three anecdotes. The numbers are a lot higher than that.

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx (or as Second City Cop calls her, Crimeshea), says the Tribune should have used her department’s web site/information portal, even though it doesn’t allow for the level of reporting done in this story, and only considers felonies to begin with.

More info on that 3rd case:

Brandon Miles was arrested five times in 18 months on charges he stalked and beat his ex-girlfriend Tasha Blanchard. But prosecutors didn’t charge Miles with a felony until December

He plead to misdemeanors, and time served, so the attorneys could just make the case go away. If he had managed to kill that woman, they would have been at least partly to blame. (At least in my eyes, but probably not before the law.)

If you are expecting “The System” to protect you, wake up. If you need an order of protection, then you need a plan for your personal safety because the courts and the lawyers are not going to do much, and the cops are never going to get to you to prevent bad things from happening. That just isn’t how the world works. (Usually the victim, or someone else, calls 911 after the attack has begun. Or maybe after it has ended.)

Domestic Violence Ignored By the Justice System in the UK

JusticeYou make something cheaper, and you will see more of it. Anger as man who abused girlfriend is spared prison by judge who told him there are ‘lots more fish in the sea’.

A man who has been convicted of coercive control has been spared prison after a judge told him to leave his ex-girlfriend alone because there are “lots more fish in the sea”.

Alexander Heavens, 24, subjected Stacey Booth, also 24, to a campaign of physical and emotional abuse during their relationship.

No jail time. No punishment. No justice.

[The abused girlfriend] said: “The fact he’s been given a second chance is like they’ve let him get away with it. They’ve not made an example of him.

If you don’t punish crimes, then they must not be serious.

The Sad State of Self-defense in The UK

Because you are supposed to rely on the STATE for everything, even your own safety. Even when the state has proven it is completely inept. PLATELL’S PEOPLE: After coroner ruled burglar was lawfully killed by pensioner, why I keep a gun under my bed and why homes must remain our castles.

Two masked men, high on drugs, invaded his home. One was armed with a screwdriver. He grabbed a 12-inch kitchen knife to convince them to leave. One was injured, and died from his injuries.

He was arrested on suspicion of murder, while Vincent’s family and fellow members of the travelling community turned the road outside his house into a Princess Diana-like shrine to their lost ‘brother’.

Osborn-Brooks and his wife have had to leave their home and live in a secret location, with new identities away from friends because Vincent’s community has sworn to avenge his death.

He was acquitted by way of a coroner’s inquest that returned a finding of self-defense, but he and his wife can’t return to their home, because without a decent firearm, and a magazine with enough rounds to handle number of hoodlums that might come seeking revenge…. And the cops are apparently not much help.