Another Affordable-bail Gone-wrong Story

JusticeMore men charged with shooting people while free bail for gun charges.

A West Side man who was on electronic home monitoring for allegedly possessing a stolen firearm as a felon, shot five people Saturday, killing two of them, according to prosecutors.

And as I’ve mentioned before, if you ignore the data, then everything looks good.

For example, Jordan — who allegedly shot five and killed two over the weekend — does not qualify for Foxx’s re-offender count because his pending gun case began before January 1 and, additionally, the alleged murders happened after June 30.

CWBChicago researchers continue to find cases that seem to paint a questionable picture of the county’s bail program’s success with accused gun offenders.

Click thru for that story. I’m sure there will be more in the days and weeks ahead.

My previous post on the subject is at this link.

Affordable Bail Works as Long as You Ignore the Data

JusticeA politician wouldn’t LIE, would they? More murder cases raise questions about officials’ bond court success stories

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, known as Crimesha to Second City Cop (link in the sidebar), loves bail reform.

As we reported Tuesday, Foxx is driving the re-offend statistic down by creating a tight window of opportunity for someone to get caught with another gun.

So the program looks like it’s working, as long as you exclude the data that shows it isn’t.

A gun crime, namely felony aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, resulted in the first guy having to pay 200 bucks to get out of jail. He was eventually given a curfew, not that that mattered to anyone, least of all the bad-guy.

Stidhum violated his curfew again the very next night and 16 more times during the month of June alone, according to court records. But officials didn’t do anything about it.

On July 16, Stidhum shot and killed 23-year-old Tavion Edwards as the man rode his motorcycle in Lawndale, prosecutors say. Patrol officers heard the gunfire and arrested Stidhum as he ran down a nearby alley. Cops said they found a gun in Stidhum’s pants.

Even though he was out on bail, and had violated the terms of his release a bunch of times, the murder he committed, allegedly, doesn’t count on Crimesha’s stats because it didn’t happen right away. Yeah, that makes sense.

Click thru for the rest.

So yeah, you can prove just about anything you want to prove if you ignore the data that doesn’t help your cause.

In case you’ve been living under a rock this summer, Chicago has a crime problem. Murders and shootings have been through the roof, and the looting isn’t helping things. And while it doesn’t get the attention it deserves, carjacking is surging in a big way this year.

As Long As She Had a Good Reason

If you put this in a novel or a movie, people would say it is not realistic. NYC assault suspect misses court date because she was allegedly stabbing woman.

A woman who was sent for mental health treatment instead of to prison for a pair of assaults failed to appear in court for a status update this week — because she was allegedly stabbing someone to death, The Post has learned.

But putting dangerous people in jail is unfair, or something. It was certainly unfair to her latest victim.

So how is all that Criminal Justice System reform working out?

Cook County State’s Attorney’s Recipe for More Crime

Cook County, in Illinois, is home to Chicago. One alderman blasts Foxx, another targets Lightfoot after looters demolish downtown.

If you make something less expensive, you will get more of it, and Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx has made looting a zero-cost activity. Well, and she has had help from the judges.

“Laws are not a ‘buffet’ for prosecutors to selectively enforce,” Reilly continued. “All too often, we are seeing repeat offenders, violent offenders, gun crime suspects and, now looters, being released on [recognizance bonds] or the totally ineffective ‘electronic monitoring program.’ This is totally unacceptable.”

Reilly pointed to a lengthy Chicago Tribune report about Foxx’s’s polices that coincidentally appeared in this morning’s newspaper.

He highlighted a Trib finding that Foxx “dropped all charges against 29.9% of felony defendants a dramatic increase over her predecessor… For the last three years of Anita Alvarez’s tenure, the rate was 19.4%.”

But Kim Foxx (known to Second City Cop as Crimesha) disagrees. Social Justice is more important than actual Justice. Social Justice is more important than the survival of Chicago’s tax base. And if Chicago ends up with an abandoned downtown, and no money to pay for anything, well, Kim Foxx will know that she did her utmost to let people off the hook for their own actions.

Anyway there is a lot more at the CWB article linked at the top of this post, including some fine words about and by Chicago’s Mayor Groot. Or Lori Lightfoot. Whichever. And I must disagree with the people who think she looks like Beetlejuice.

Oh, and nothing will change in Chicago. Well, things will continue to get worse. Crimesha and the social-justice-warrior judges will continue to turn criminals loose, ignore crimes, and watch while the crime rate climbs. Groot will continue to blast President Trump and everyone outside of Chicago. And when the businesses finally leave, and the people follow it will be because of racism, and not that she didn’t do anything to create an environment where people wanted to stay. In short, it won’t be the fault of any elected official in Chicago, and you are racist for insisting that they actually do the jobs for which they campaigned.

Because Keeping Violent Offenders in Jail Is Unfair

JusticeSo he was let out of jail. Released from jail at height of pandemic, Virginia rape suspect allegedly killed his accuser.

Ibrahim E. Bouaichi was charged with rape, strangulation, and abduction. He was jailed without bond. But his lawyers complained when COVID-19 hit. It wasn’t fair.

On April 9, over the objections of an Alexandria prosecutor, Circuit Court Judge Nolan Dawkins released Bouaichi on $25,000 bond, with the condition that he only leave his Maryland home to meet with his lawyers or pretrial services officials.

On July 29, Alexandria police say, Bouaichi, 33, returned to Alexandria and shot and killed Dominguez outside her apartment in the city’s West End.

Proving once again that social justice and Real Justice are not the same thing.

Nothing will happen to the judge. He will make some statement about how he feels for the family of the dead woman. He won’t lose his job, or even a night’s sleep, because he was doing the right thing, the social-justice-thing. And no one could foresee that a violent criminal would continue to be a violent criminal. You can’t even sue him for wrongful death, as far as I know.

And he retired in June, so you can’t even get him fired.

Justice? What’s that?

How Is That Reduced Bail System Working Out?

How do you spell “recidivism?” Man accused of raping Tinder date — while on bail for allegedly raping another Tinder date.

A North Side man is accused of raping a woman he met on a dating app in May while he was on bail for allegedly committing an identical crime against another woman last year.

This time he is being held without bail, because he violated the terms of his 2019 release for the previous allegation.

And all of this because keeping violent offenders in jail would be unfair. NOTE: I’ve put this in the “Lawyers Behaving Badly” category. I probably need to create a “Judges Behaving Badly” category as well. Though Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx really doesn’t like to prosecute criminals, because Social Justice or something.

Another Prosecutor Abusing His Power?

JusticeIt sure looks that way to me – OR – How can a Grand Jury subpoena be issued, when there is no Grand Jury? EXCLUSIVE: GBI probe of Fulton County DA Paul Howard widens.

Prosecuting attorneys wouldn’t LIE, would they?

The Georgia Attorney General has now asked the GBI to investigate grand jury subpoenas issued by Howard’s office in the Rayshard Brooks murder case.

Senior I-Team reporter Dale Russell says those grand jury subpoenas were issued by Howard’s office even though there was no grand jury in place.

He apparently forgot about COVID-19, and its impacts on the Criminal Justice System. (A Criminal System that is in no way interested in Justice.)

“What are we doing? That is a violation of our ethical code of conduct,” says GSU law professor Jessica Gable Cino

Gable Cino is a law professor who specializes in prosecutorial misconduct. She says not only does Paul Howard face ethical questions, but potentially legal problems as well.

Ethics? We don’t need no stinkin’ Ethics! Especially when there are politically-motivated prosecutions to pursued.

Hat tip to Power Line Blog: An outrageous prosecution in Atlanta turns scandalous, who notes that when confronted with this “error,” DA Howard issued three explanations.

Jessica Gable Cino, a law professor at Georgia State University, notes that Howard’s three explanations for sending out grand jury subpoenas contradict one another, and none of them makes legal sense. “For all intents of purposes right now it looks like there’s an abuse of process which could completely derail this case, and nobody wants that outcome,” Cino said.

I’m not sure about the last part of that statement.

Also a Hat Tip goes to Wombat-socho.

Kim Foxx – State’s Attorney, for Cook County Illinois – Doesn’t Like Criticism

But then who does, really. Foxx sees police as both helpers and critics — and needing to change: ‘It’s not going to be easy, and it’s not going to be quick’.

If you don’t like the way she refuses to prosecute crimes then you are racist. There is no other explanation.

The police union has been a regular critic of Foxx and her work, organizing a rally against her last year that saw members of the Proud Boys, the American Guard and the American Identity Movement attending. The Southern Poverty Law Center has labeled the Proud Boys and the American Guard hate groups.

But as Second City Cop points out, SPLC is a Democratic money-laundering-front.

Taking Flak = Over the Target.

So now, being criticized for being bad at your job is racist?

Though SCC was called out in the Sun Times article, and I think this falls under the heading of “There’s no such thing as bad publicity.” Second City Cop calls Kim Foxx Crimeshea, for reasons I’ve never been able to divine, though he has nicknames for most Chicago politicians.

You Expect “The System” to Protect You?

Then you haven’t been paying attention. Murder victim’s friends say PA woman made good on her vow to kill.

Threats. A break in. A house burned down and another fire. And a dead ex-husband.

But no one was able to stop it. Police and the district attorney say they did all they could before the murder within the limits of the law.

Through all of it, the people on the receiving end tried to get the cops, the DA, the arson investigators, anyone to do something. They did nothing. Which is what they usually do.

Now talking to the cops is a fine thing to do in a case like this, but you might consider how expecting “The System” to do all the work turned out in this case.

Chicago’s Recipe for More Crime

JusticeReduced or no bail means that criminals are back on the street. If you make something cheaper, you will see more of it.

First up… violent criminal remains a violent criminal. On bail for allegedly battering cop last month, man’s now accused of robbing woman on Red Line.

A man who’s on bail for allegedly battering a police officer at a downtown CTA station last month is now charged with robbing a woman as she rode the Red Line home from work in Uptown on Monday.

He is being held, on a $10,000 bond. If he can raise the 10%, he will have to be electronically monitored.

Next up, “free” bail. On recognizance bond for CTA robbery, man’s charged with brandishing knife and injuring 2 cops.

This guy didn’t even have to raise 1000 bucks.

When prosecutors in April charged Ein Julian with robbing a man on the Red Line downtown, he went home on a recognizance bond. Now, prosecutors say he broke one cop’s finger and spit in another’s face Sunday afternoon when they tried to stop him as he brandished a knife in North Center.

Because keeping violent criminals in jail is unfair.

Another Lawyer Making Terrorist Threats

Hey, he probably thought he was safe behind his bandana. ‘Protester’ Who Made Terroristic Threats on Live TV Is a Brooklyn Lawyer.

Gateway Pundit broke the news today that Israel Adam “Ace” Burns is a Brooklyn attorney, who graduated from Rutgers Law School and appears to have many influential friends:

Because the news didn’t see fit to identify his profession. BLM protester threatens to burn down NYC Diamond District during Fox News interview, is arrested for terror threats.

Burns’ attorney Ken Belkin hopes the Brooklyn district attorney declines to prosecute the case, arguing his client didn’t actually mean any harm.

“This is a peaceful man. I don’t believe he intended to make any threats or really intended to make good on that threat.

Because “peaceful people” always make threats to burn down largely Jewish neighborhoods. At least the peaceful people in NYC apparently do. Or so this attorney seems to imply.

Qualified Immunity – The Disaster Imposed by SCOTUS

JusticeUsually nothing happens to cops when they behave badly; that is because of “qualified immunity.” Cops Kill Because We Gave Them The Legal Framework to Do It.

Get rid of that, and they would stop doing a lot of things.

In the wake of the Civil War, freed southern blacks were terrorized by lynch mobs and other attackers. Congress responded to Ku Klux Klan violence against freed southern blacks by enacting the Civil Rights Act of 1871 to authorize lawsuits against any person acting “under color of” law who causes a “deprivation of any rights… secured by the Constitution and laws.” But in a series of decisions beginning in 1967, the Supreme Court gutted that law by permitting police and other government agents to claim they acted in “good faith” when violating citizens’ rights. In 1982, the Supreme Court granted government officials immunity unless they violated “clearly established statutory or constitutional rights of which a reasonable person would have known.”

Regardless of centuries of court rulings that clearly demarcated citizens’ constitutional rights, the Supreme Court decided government officials deserved “qualified immunity” unless a prior court case had condemned almost exactly the same abusive behavior. Federal judge Don Willett declared in 2018 that “qualified immunity smacks of unqualified impunity, letting public officials duck consequences for bad behavior—no matter how palpably unreasonable—as long as they were the first to behave badly.”

Qualified immunity was a series of bad decisions, but because of Stare Decisis, the legal doctrine which says a bad decision is better than a good law, the Courts created a whole series of protections for cops, doing just about anything they want. It isn’t right, and it isn’t making society a better place. But the legislature can’t fix this. Because the justices on the SCOTUS have appointed themselves our dictatorial rulers.

People always ask, “How do we fix this?” Well one place to start would be with qualified immunity. Anyway, go read the whole thing. You won’t be disappointed.

And while you’re at it, you can consider a case from last year, that you probably didn’t hear about, that has many similarities to the George Floyd case. Police laughed and joked as he lost consciousness in handcuffs. Minutes later, he died.

The evidence unearthed by Vicki Timpa and her lawyers, along with the Morning News and NBC5, has led to an excessive force lawsuit in federal court and an indictment of three of the officers involved, Kevin Mansell, Danny Vasquez and Dustin Dillard. In March, the Dallas County district attorney dismissed the charges against them, and they returned to active duty the next month.

Keeping Violent Criminals in Jail is Unfair

So says the Left. Released Early Due To Coronavirus: Former Weld County Inmate Now Accused Of Strangulation.

A former Weld County Jail inmate, who was released early from a two year sentence due to COVID-19 concerns, is now accused of attacking and strangling someone one month after his release. The Windsor Police Department is now searching for Christopher A. Vecchiarelli, 36, after they say he attacked a woman, leaving bruises in several places and fracturing her arm.

Someone will say his infraction didn’t mean he should be exposed to COVID-19. Should the woman he attacked have had her arm broken?

Because Keeping Violent Criminals in Jail is Unfair

JusticeSo how fair was it to the woman he is accused of murdering? How much Justice, social or any other kind, did she get? Parolee accused of murder left prison early due to ongoing COVID response by state.

A parolee accused of murdering a 21-year-old woman in Denver on Saturday was out of prison, according to information shared with 9Wants to Know, due to ongoing efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the state’s prison system.

On Saturday, Denver Police believe Cornelius Haney shot and killed Heather Perry, 21, in an alley between the 1400 block of North Verbena St. and North Valentia St. in east Denver.

So are the Dems trying to destroy the last of the Criminal Justice System?

The Left’s Plan for More Crime

Because keeping violent criminals in jail is unfair. Or something. More men charged with murder while free on “affordable bail,” records show.

The judge responsible for this miscarriage of justice says there have been no ” horrible incidents.” Reality paints a different picture.

Nearly two dozen men freed on affordable bail have shot or killed people while awaiting trial on gun charges, public records show. Our research has also found defendants who’ve allegedly killed while free on little or no bail for robbery, manufacture-delivery of heroin, and aggravated battery of a child causing great bodily harm.

And just recently.

This first guy was charged with battery for hurling a chunk of concrete thru his girlfriend’s window.

Police records show he was released from custody on a recognizance bond at 6:10 a.m. the same morning.

Less than three hours later, he returned to his girlfriend’s house with a gun and fired at least three shots at her as she stood in her backyard, according to a police report. All of the shots missed.

He is now charged with attempted murder. Less. Than. Three. Hours.

The other 2 cases are murder-for-hire and murder. Because “affordable bail” is only fair.

Less Than $10,000 Per Year for a Life Stolen

JusticeThey covered up evidence that he didn’t commit the crime. Baltimore to pay $125,000 to man who spent 16 years wrongfully in jail.

A man who spent 16 years in jail for murder – before another man’s confession was uncovered in a Baltimore City police report – will be awarded $125,000 to settle his lawsuit.

The prosecutor said the confession was “not to be released” to the defense. Why? Because winning was more important than justice. Oh that lawyer, went on to become a judge. She died while this guy was in prison for a crime he did not commit.

The Criminal Justice System. Definitely criminal, and not interested in Justice.

This Looks Like a Straight-forward Case of Self-defense

My guess is that they arrested this guy because he works for Customs and Border Protection, and so he must be guilty of something. LPD: Self-defense claimed by suspect in fatal shooting of Laredo firefighter.

The dead guy was the husband of the woman whose apartment he broke into. They were separated. He was apparently incensed because the CBP officer was with her. He sent her threatening text messages. He threatened to break in the door to the apartment. He attacked the CBP officer and knocked him to the floor before he was shot.

But because a Customs and Border Protection officer must be guilty of something, they arrested this guy on a murder charge. In Texas.

Politics over facts?

The Nationwide Recipe for More Crime

“Affordable bail” and releasing people due to risks from COVID-19 – because keeping violent offenders in jail violates the Social Justice Warrior creed. Or something.

First up, Chicago – Uptown man charged with suburban armed robbery — 2 weeks after he allegedly fled from a carjacked SUV in Lincoln Park.

An Uptown man who was released on affordable bail after he allegedly fled from a crashed, carjacked vehicle in Lincoln Park last month is now jailed in DuPage County for armed robbery. And his bail there is much less affordable

Next up, Florida – Sheriff: Drug suspect committed murder 1 day after being released from jail in coronavirus purge.

So how much justice was delivered to the murder victim?

And last but not least, Los Angeles – Los Angeles County release of 4K inmates is ‘uncharted territory,’ reporter tells Tucker Carlson. (I had trouble with that link, as Fox News either doesn’t link VPNs or privacy-enhancing browser extensions.)

“What the sheriff decided to do is, he released 25 percent of the entire inmate population here in L.A. County, and that equates to about 4,300 inmates. Yes, that is a heck of a lot of inmates,” Melugin told Carlson. “And the sheriff took a lot of heat, a lot of criticism from the public when he made this decision, because at the same time, he had also tried closing down all of our local gun stores. He had listed them as nonessential businesses.”

The only group happy with Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva is the ACLU.

Hat tip to Second City Cop for the last 2 stories listed here, who notes.

We highly doubt they even thought about the consequences before releasing four-thousand inmates, so they aren’t going to think about it going forward except to blame normal thinking people for not being understanding by surrendering all of their property to the newly liberated.

So Can Chalk This Up to COVID-19?

I think we should blame the bleeding hearts who opened the jail doors. More inmates released amid corona concerns as one inmate gets re-arrested for murder.

Because keeping violent criminals in prison would be unfair.

Actually I will leave the murder charge, because the authorities are claiming the guy who was re-arrested was eligible for release without reference to COVID-19, and the timing is just a coincidence. Of course it is.

His [Louisville Metro Department of Corrections FOP spokesman Tracy Dotson] lodge and that representing LMPD officers recently denounced the release of Kenneth Walker, the man accused of shooting LMPD Sgt. John Mattingly on March 13. Walker was released last week to home incarceration.

Dotson said, however, the release of non-violent offenders was needed in order to protect them and his officers.

Releasing non-violent offenders is one thing. Reducing the likelihood of an outbreak in the jail, which would expose both criminals and guards, but this guy doesn’t strike me as non-violent. Louisville man pleads not guilty to attempted murder of a police officer.

When officers “eventually forced their way inside the home through an exterior door,” Ted Eidem with LMPD’s Public Integrity Unit said they were “immediately met by gunfire.”

I’ve checked a couple of stories, but I can’t find any info on why they executing a warrant, or what he was originally incarcerated for.

Hat tip to MaddMedic at Freedom Is Just Another Word… who notes, “This is the Government helping.”

Jussie Smollett Isn’t The Only One To Get a Pass in Cook County

JusticeJustice? Kim Foxx isn’t interested in Justice. Politically-connected email to Kim Foxx got results for teen murderer.

It turns out that Smollett isn’t the only person to have extraordinarily good luck in court after a private appeal was sent to Foxx’s personal email address.

It is a bit complicated to summarize here. Suffice it to say that the case of Dionte Johnson, who was 14 when he participated in brutal murder, got what looks to be special consideration from Foxx’s office for a crime committed when he was an adult. After a email was sent on his behalf.

I don’t expect this to impact her reelection.