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.)

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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.

Chicago, and Corrupt Politicians

Is there another kind of politician in Chicago? Kim Foxx’s embarrassing OMG moment in the Jussie Smollett case

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, affectionately (NOT) known as Crimeshea by Second City Cop, has had to recuse herself from the Jussie Smollett case because of a huge (OMG-level) bit of conflict of interest. She agreed to do a favor for Smollett after an Obama/Emanuel attorney reached out. (It’s the Chicago Way™. Look up “Clout” sometime.)

[The Tribune article] is an account of how Foxx was contacted in the Smollett case by a politically connected lawyer close to Chicago’s most prominent political families, the Obamas and Emanuels.

That lawyer, Tina Tchen, was chief of staff for former first lady Michelle Obama, and she is a friend of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s wife, Amy Rule. Tchen was apparently a go-between for someone in the Smollett family.

As a result of this, as the Smollett case was unraveling, Foxx pressured the Superintendent of Chicago PD to have the FBI take over the case. And just how impartial has the FBI proven to be in the past 2 years? But the ask and her response came to light, and made her look like the corrupt politician she is. Not that it will impact her at all, she is a loyal Democrat in the one-party state of Cook County, and the People’s Republic of Chicago.

For the original article referenced in the opinion piece linked above, you can see this link: State’s Attorney Kim Foxx asked Chicago’s top cop to turn Jussie Smollett probe over to FBI, texts and emails show

Chicago and Revolving-door Justice

Or not so much justice, actually. More charges brought in robbery near Boystown (and the accused is on TRIPLE probation).

You read that correctly. He was on probation – concurrently – for 3 separate crimes.

It turns out that [Moshe] Nudelman was on triple probation at the time of the robbery, according to court records.

In November 2017, Judge Lauren Edidin sentenced Nudelman to one year’s probation for selling a stolen camera online. At the same hearing, Edidin sentenced Nudelman to a concurrent year of probation for stealing two watches worth $9,800 in Skokie.

Then, on August 1st, Judge Edidin again gave Nudelman another sentence of probation after he pleaded guilty to burglarizing a Skokie smoke shop just two months after he was given the previous probation sentences.

And despite all of that, he is being held in lieu of bail. Which I think might he might raise somehow.

When you make something less-expensive, you get more of it. You could also file this under, “If you give a mouse a cookie, he’s gonna want a glass of milk.”

How Not to Deter Crime

The Cook County Criminal Justice System (at times more criminal than concerned with Justice) can’t figure out why crime is so high in the city. Recognizance Bond For North Avenue Beach Bicycle Thief (It’s His Third Theft Arrest Since May 15th).

An Uptown man charged with stealing a bike at North Avenue Beach on Saturday—and then trying to sell it to passers-by—now has three theft cases pending against him, according to court records.

Despite police noting in Saturday’s arrest report that the alleged bike theft was “a clear violation of bail bond conditions,” Judge Michael Clancy released 41-year-old Miguel Yanez on a recognizance bond. It’s Yanez’s third recognizance bond for theft since May 15th.

So he keeps stealing and he keeps getting a pass. What lesson does that teach? Do you think he might graduate from stealing bicycles to stealing cars? Or robbery? Or carjacking? Who can say, except it is clear that the lesson is, “there is no downside” to crime in Chicago.

Since May 15th he has stolen a power-washer, a $1200 octopus sculpture, a wallet and a bicycle. Allegedly?

More on Chicago’s Continuing Crime Problem

There is a problem in Cook County when it comes to keeping the really bad guys off the street. (See also the previous posting, on the nature of charges brought.) Dart warns of ‘dramatic increase’ in people charged with gun crimes released on electronic monitors – Chicago Tribune

There was an effort in the Cook County courts to not hold people on bail just because they were poor and couldn’t afford the cash bond. It was supposed to be directed at non-violent offenders. Which is probably a good idea, but then you asked a government bureaucracy to change they way they are doing things, and you are shocked that it isn’t working out.

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says hundreds of people charged with gun crimes have been released from the County Jail on electronic bracelets in recent months as a result of attempts at bond reform, raising public safety concerns.

Gun crimes would seem to be the exact opposite of non-violent crimes, yet these are the people released to electronic monitoring. Oh, and so many people were added to the program, there weren’t enough employees doing the monitoring.

If there is no penalty for crime, you will see more crime.

“Every [city] gets the government it deserves”

JusticeAnd Chicago wonders why it has a crime problem. (And the quote in the title was not quite the way I see it.) CWB Chicago: Lakeview: Judge “Gobsmacked” By Weak Charges For Mob Accused Of Theft And Threatening People With Golf Clubs

When even a judge known to be very polite is upset, you know something must be wrong.

Three people with long criminal records assaulted people with golf clubs. The Cook County Stat’s Attorney saw fit to only charge them with misdemeanors.

In court on Wednesday, Judge Calabrese was told that the men used the golf clubs to threaten people and took whatever they wanted from stores while swinging the clubs around.

“Calabrese was P*SSED,” a friend of the blog reported. “He asked [the prosecutor] to read all their previous sentences and arrest records. He was ‘gobsmacked’—his word.”

It’s a very British word for an American judge. But it fits.