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.

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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.

Prosecutors Hate Self-defense

JusticeThis attorney held a guy in jail for 14 months for defending himself, and then dropped the charges. Murder Charges Dropped in Longbranch Shootings.

He was attacked by the sister and brother-in-law of his girlfriend. She had a sledgehammer, he was shooting his truck. He shot both of them.

Given the darkness, the speed of events, Beth’s aggressive focus on Mason, and the fact that Mason was in the car when she was disarmed while Lukas was firing his weapon, the prosecutor’s office concluded it could not show beyond a reasonable doubt that Mason was unaware Beth was unarmed at the time he shot her.

There are more details than I can relate here. Click thru if you’re interested.

As someone keeps reminding me, the process is the punishment. This guy was guilty of no crime. Yet after 14 months, he probably lost his job, his home, his friends,…

Self-defense is a human-right, even if the lawyers hate that.

Prosecutors Really Hate Self-defense

JusticeAnd some judges don’t like it either. Kansas Supreme Court again overturns Shawnee County murder conviction.

First up, the prosecutor.

The Kansas Attorney General’s office argued that Qualls only needed to fire one shot if he were acting in self-defense, a suggestion panned by justices during a December hearing. As Qualls emptied his gun, Rosen said in Friday’s ruling, he didn’t know if he even hit Beier.

Then the judge

During the 2014 retrial, Rios refused to tell the jury that self-defense was an option because there was no indication at the time of the shooting that there were any weapons in the bar.

If you twitch the wrong way during a traffic stop, a cop will shoot you – even if you are unarmed – and they will be all over self-defense. This guy was already injured, and he and his wife fled the scene they were fired on. But the State HATES self-defense.