How Much Do California Prosecutors Hate Guns?

JusticeThis case should never have been brought to trial. East Bay security guard was charged for shooting tire of truck she believed would run her over. A jury acquitted her in 40 minutes.

But as people keep pointing out, the process is the punishment, even if (especially if) you’re innocent.

She was working as a security guard when she caught a couple of shoplifters. They ran and got into a truck with large tires.

The driver allegedly gave her one final taunt before climbing in, yelling out, “I’ve got something for you, b—-,” Page says.

She interpreted his comment as an imminent threat, and when the truck’s wheels began to turn forward, Page drew her pistol and fired three times into one of the tires. The bullets flattened the tire, and the truck pulled out, heading away from Page.

… The decision to shoot drastically changed the next year of her life, resulting in criminal charges — not against the men in the truck, but Page.

She was arrested on a felony charge, but that dropped to a misdemeanor by the time the trial came around. And the DA had the most insane excuse for pursuing this.

Following the verdict, the Contra Costa County District Attorney put out a brief statement saying the shooting was “over disputed lemons and crab meat.”

No. It wasn’t. The shooting was over a threat, and the fact that the truck was moving forward. At that point in time, the lemons and the crab meat were completely and utterly beside the point.

But being a good prosecutor in The People’s Republic of California, she had to punish the law-abiding citizen and let the criminals off the hook.

The person charged, Schitara Page (a 32-year-old sergeant in the US Army) said her life has been “devastated” over the past year.

5 Years or Life? In the UK It’s Hard to Tell the Difference

JusticeSo what happens to a person in the UK found guilty of a heinous attack and attempted murder, and then sentenced to life in prison? ‘Our justice system’s a joke’ – Fury as Richard Austin could be free in five years after stabbing ex-wife.

Because the UK is too “civilized” to actually send people to jail for a long time.

He repeatedly stabbed his ex-wife, then called the cops and waited for them.

Austin was ordered to serve a minimum of just five years at Birmingham Crown Court for what police branded a ‘dangerous and callous attack’, but he could be released after that period.

So he’ll be free in 5 years. She’ll still be dealing with the results of the “life changing” attack, and won’t be able to defend herself from him. Allow the serfs of the UK government to defend themselves? Don’t be ridiculous. You must depend on the state for everything, even those things it cannot supply.

Lack of Consequences in Cook County, IL – “From six felonies to one misdemeanor”

The theme of the morning is, “How prosecutors for Cook County, Illinois undermine the rule of law.” Cops say he had all of these guns and explosive ammo — a judge lets him go for $500.

I’m more interested in the 2nd story at that link.

A man who was charged with six felony gun counts in connection with an incident outside a River North nightclub last autumn has reached a sweet plea deal.
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A grand jury returned a true bill charging Jimenez with six felony counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

But prosecutors this month reached a plea agreement with the 22-year-old in which he pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of reckless conduct.

Think on this while you wait the next 2 stories I’m posting about this morning. Both of those stories are about the recent self-defense shooting that took place north of Cook County, where prosecutors still take their jobs seriously. And by that I mean they see their mission is uphold the rule of law, not let criminals go free with no consequences. (I wonder if you compared the crime rate in Cook County, with the Crime rate in Lake County, if you would find any differences, and if you could tie those differences to the idea that actions have consequences?)

Because Shooting a Homeowner Thru the Window of His Home is SOP

Because that is just how the cops work. Deputy who shot SC homeowner through front window cleared by internal affairs.

The Sheriff’s Office’s Officer of Professional Standards conducted an internal investigation to see if Deputy Kevin Azzara violated any written policies during the incident. The investigation concluded and found that no agency policies were violated, spokesman Lt. Ryan Flood said Wednesday.

Because shooting a homeowner, in his own home, without announcing you’re police, because at midnight, that homeowner is armed when he comes to the door is just good police work. Or something.

I said that the cop would face no repercussions.

People Just Blow-off Jury Duty?

JusticeI didn’t know jury duty was optional. Georgia sheriff steps in after 140 people skipped jury duty.

60 people out 200 show up. Because the other 140 were “busy.” But the thing that makes me angry…

The sheriff says none of the people who failed to answer a jury summons were arrested.

So. No penalty for bad behavior. Any bets on how many people will show up next month? Should probably be a fine involved, but of course that isn’t written into the law, because who thinks jury duty is optional?

Usually my “Justice Not Served” category is about The System screwing up in some way. And while that applies here, it also has a more literal meaning in this case.

So How’s That “No-jail-time” Program Working in Philadelphia?

They don’t like guns, but they seem to love the criminals who use them in crimes. Under DA Krasner, more gun-possession cases get court diversionary program.

The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office recommended the Frankford man [Maalik Jackson-Wallace] for a court diversionary program called Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) that put him on two years’ probation. His record could have been expunged if he had successfully completed the program.

But Jackson-Wallace, 24, was arrested again on gun-possession charges in March in Bridesburg. He was released from jail after a judge granted a defense motion for unsecured bail. And on June 13, he was arrested a third time — charged with murder in a shooting two days earlier in Frankford that killed a 26-year-old man.

The DA blames everyone from prior DAs to the NRA. Because it can’t possibly be his fault.

Judge Appoints Special Prosecutor to Investigate Cook County State’s Attorney

The dismissal of charges was a bit strange. Jussie Smollett incident isn’t over: Chicago judge appoints special prosecutor to investigate.

Judge Michael Toomin suggested that State’s Attorney Kim Foxx had mishandled the case by appointing a top aide to handle it after she had purportedly recused herself.

In his ruling,Toomin said that Foxx, having recused herself, did not have legal authority to turn the case to over to another prosecutor in her office.

Self-defense May or May Not Be Legal in New York

JusticeBecause NY hates self-defense, and anything that lets the Little People think they can do for themselves. You should rely on The State, even if they can’t provide in a crisis. Recent Utica-area homicides put self-defense laws in focus.

They say “It’s complicated.”

When making decisions about whether a homicide is justified, McNamara said prosecutors scrutinize the fine points. Details such as the ages of those involved, health conditions and available weapons, for example, can change the narrative.

Because if they think they have a ghost of a chance of convicting someone, then they will go for it. It is all about win/loss. Justice? Don’t make me laugh; they don’t care about Justice.

Consider the following:

In 2017, there were just two cases across the state that were ultimately deemed justifiable homicide — instances where a person, while committing a felony, was killed by a private citizen, according to FBI data.

What about the cases where the law-abiding citizen defended themselves, but the bad guy wasn’t killed? I guess that isn’t an interesting statistic to the gun-hating Left.

Now compare that to Chicago, the largest city in Illinois that was the last state to allow concealed carry. Not in Illinois, but in Chicago there were 21 self-defense shootings in 2017, 13 of which were fatalities. (Stats via HeyJackass!) So far this year Chicago has seen 4 self-defense fatalities, and 7 additional shootings that have been deemed justified, but where the bad guy didn’t die. (Those are the stats as I’m writing this. The 2019 stats will change.) Chicago is not the heart of conservative country, by any means. But New York doesn’t want anyone to do anything on their own. Except to die, be robbed or raped, of course.

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?)

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.