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.

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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.

Just When You Thought the Jussie Smollett Case Was Over…

It starts up again. Kim Foxx subpoenaed to appear at hearing on Smollett special prosecutor request.

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx has been subpoenaed to appear in court as a lawyer seeks the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate Foxx’s handling of the Jussie Smollett case.

Retired appellate judge Sheila O’Brien, who filed the petition for a special prosecutor, also filed a subpoena for Foxx’s top deputy, Joseph Magats, and another document requesting Jussie Smollett appear at the hearing.

Because this whole thing smells of a backroom deal.

And the Tribune has an opinion-piece (by former ASA) on how the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office is basically a train-wreck under Foxx.

Today, however, it is clear that a discussion of Foxx’s qualifications was important. Her inexperience, poor judgment and misaligned sense of ethics — not her race — have led to the state of mistrust we endure today.

Hat tip to Second City Cop for both of these links.

Cops Still Haven’t Figured Out There Are Cameras Everywhere

JusticeEspecially in a place like New York City. Cop charged with lying about drug deals, putting innocent people behind bars.

Franco, a 19-year veteran of the force, was assigned to Narcotics Borough Manhattan South when he busted three defendants for dealing drugs in separate incidents, claiming he observed each illicit exchange, prosecutors said.

In each of the cases, investigators obtained video surveillance that directly contradicted Franco’s alleged observations.

Because how are you going to get a jury to believe you over a cop, the 3 people in question took plea deals, and 2 went to prison. But hey, I was always said the key word in “Criminal Justice System” was “Criminal,” and not “Justice.”

And then there is the question of how long has he been doing this kind of thing. I mean 19 years ago, there was much less of a chance that everything you did in NYC would be on camera. So has he been lying and sending innocent people to jail the whole time? Do you think he only started in the past year?

We Should Make It Illegal for a Felon to Have a Gun. Oh, Wait a Minute…

I’m shocked to discover that criminals don’t obey the law. OK, not that shocked. Parolee with burglary conviction accused of several armed robberies on Near West Side.

Suggs was released on parole in December following a burglary conviction, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections. Other convictions include aiding, abetting, possessing or selling a stolen motor vehicle; manufacturing or delivery of cannabis; and an additional burglary, IDOC said.

Is parole mandatory, or is there some process to decide who does, and who doesn’t get parole?

When officers caught up with him, they learned Suggs was wanted on an active warrant for earlier alleged crimes on the Near West Side last month.

Wouldn’t that crime from last month have been a violation of that parole? The Criminal Justice System (and by that I mean the State’s Attorneys office) seems to be broken in Cook County and Chicago.