Have They Ever Heard of Swatting?

They must be a bit behind the times in Milwaukee. And I thought they were backwards in Cincinnati. No-Knock Warrant Can Have Value But May Be Dangerous. No Shit.

“A no-knock warrant immediately escalates the situation to force because it starts with force. A forcible entry. There’s no steps taken prior to that forcible entry that is less than forceful. There’s no knock, there’s no announcement, there’s no attempt to gain voluntary submission to a search warrant,” [Criminal Defense Attorney] Mastantuono says.

They interview a cop who says no-knock warrants aren’t too big a deal. What else did you think he would say?


Houston PD Screw-up Still Having Impacts

JusticeThe number of things the PD did wrong is stellar. Fallout From A Botched Houston Drug Raid Continues.

Two people are dead, and five officers were wounded. Mostly they were wounded by other officers.

There were supposed to be heroin sales out of the house. No Heroin. Now the PD internal affairs office is having strange difficulty tracking down the confidential informant who provided all the info for the search warrant. The description of the couple – who apparently were killed by the Houston PD for no real reason, except that no-knock warrants don’t work as well as they are advertised to work – as dangerous drug dealers isn’t matching up with reality. And then, when all these things were pointed out, the president of the police union, doubled down and call the dead couple “dirt bags.”

So the internal affairs division of Houston PD is investigating, and the DA’s office is also investigating. And now the FBI is getting into the act, with their investigation.

Now the FBI is investigating after it came out that an officer may have lied on an affidavit to get a search warrant, and the Houston Police Department has announced sweeping changes.

No-knock warrants are not quite stopped, but not moving forward at full speed either. This insanity has got to stop, and the only way it stops is if the cop or cops who lied to get the search warrant are hung out to dry. Manslaughter at least. Felony murder? Something besides 2 months of non-paid vacation, also know as administrative leave or whatever.

Putting Your Finger on The Scales of Justice

Because the rules don’t apply to EVERYONE. Report: DOJ Told FBI To Ignore ‘Gross Negligence’ As Reason To Charge Clinton Over Emails.

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) reportedly instructed the FBI to ignore “gross negligence” as a reason for charging former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server to conduct classified government business.

Because she was the DOJ’s special candidate. Or something.

The Failure of House Arrest and Electronic Monitoring

Bureaucrats never admit they’re wrong. County prosecutor: How many ‘have to die’ to end house arrest in violent crimes?.

Court officials, judges say ankle monitors are safe, less expensive.

Cheaper? Sure. Safe? Not so much.

Travion Montgomery cut off his ankle bracelet while under house arrest on a robbery charge. Montgomery had prior convictions for aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery and kidnappng.

The court monitors issued a warrant, but didn’t notify law-enforcement. And so when he was picked up by police he was released. Then another warrant with the wrong SSN. And then…

Montgomery was arrested Sept. 10 after allegedly choking a woman and leaving her on life support. He is now in jail on a $500,000 bond.

Yeah, that sounds like a safe system to me. At least I’m sure it’s cheap.

43 Years In Prison For Wrongful Conviction

JusticeThe Criminal Justice System’s obsession with winning is not a new thing. He’s spent 43 years in prison. Now judges call his murder conviction a ‘miscarriage of justice.’.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has granted Finch a new hearing on his case, citing problems from the 1970s so strong that jurors today would doubt his guilt. In its ruling, the three-judge panel noted trouble with the murder weapon, eyewitness testimony, an “unduly suggestive” police lineup and pressure to implicate Finch.

“The totality of the evidence would prevent any reasonable juror from finding him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt,” the court wrote, “such that his incarceration is a miscarriage of justice.”

A sloppy autopsy. Pressured (unreliable) witnesses. Alibi witnesses discounted. That is apparently what passed for Justice in the 1970s.

“The State has sincere concern for the safety of the public.”

JusticeJudge Chris Morton, not so much. Pasadena police chief furious after repeat armed robbery suspect released twice by same judge.

I do get that people shouldn’t be held in jail because they are poor, but whether this guy is or is not poor is beside the point; he is dangerous.

Chief Bruegger said Jones committed two armed robberies on Jan. 4.

On Jan. 6, he was arrested for unlawfully carrying a weapon in a motor vehicle. He was released on a personal bond.

On Jan. 13, Jones allegedly committed two more aggravated robberies in Pasadena. He was arrested and charged with four counts of aggravated robbery and one count of aggravated assault.

Jones was again released from jail on another personal bond, which is a signature that guarantees his promise to appear in court at a later date.

Armed robbery is not too far away from shooting someone. And while if this guy does shoot or kill someone, it will be his fault, the judge in the matter will still hold some responsibility. If you are not going to hold this guy without bond, then who does qualify?

20 Years for Wrongful Conviction

JusticeAnd cops/prosecutors won’t admit it was wrong. Bronx man convicted for 1989 murder of mother cleared — 30 years later.

Eager to make an arrest, detectives forced Burton, then a sophomore at Evander Childs HS, to confess to the slaying, according to a two-year, joint investigation by the Bronx district attorney’s Conviction

Integrity Unit and the nonprofit Innocence Project.

The sleep-deprived teen copped to investigators’ theory — that he was a crack addict who exploded in a rage when his mom refused to give him $200 to pay his dealer.

When they arrested someone 6 days later with the woman’s stolen car, that was just a “problem.” The case was already closed.

Prosecutors said they supported Burton’s exoneration because the three detectives who interrogated him used what research now considers “psychologically coercive techniques” to elicit his false confession.

It was “the way things were done then.” So does that mean that every confession from that time period was coerced? Probably. Don’t expect the prosecutors or the cops to admit that.

Oh, and for icing on the justice-not-served cake, the defense wasn’t told about the car thief, and his past convictions.

The Criminal Justice System: Often criminal. Not interested in Justice.