Lies, Damn Lies and Media Bias

Because being held responsible for the foreseeable consequences of your actions is not fair. At least not to the Liberal mindset. Column: Five Chicago teenagers are charged with a murder police know they did not commit. In Illinois, it’s legal.

The lie is right up front.

A 14-year-old boy was shot and killed for allegedly trying to steal a car from a driveway.

The homeowner didn’t shoot because they were stealing his car. The homeowner opened fire because two of the “teens” were approaching him, one of whom was armed with a knife. Hence the self-defense part of the story. The original posting on this incident can be found at the following link. Felony Murder in Illinois.

And the fact that The Left HATES Felony Murder, because why should you be responsible for the consequences of your actions? That would be just plain crazy. (At least the way the politicians in Chicago see things.)

the five teenagers who were with him were charged with a murder they did not commit.

The 2 quotes I have above are actually 2 clauses from 1 sentence in the first paragraph of this article. The 2nd paragraph contains another lie.

That’s because of an obscure Illinois law that allows authorities to charge people with murder if someone dies during the commission of a serious crime, whether they personally inflicted the injury or not. In this case, the crime was burglary.

Felony Murder is NOT an obscure law. Not even though The Left would love to consign it to that status. (See the tag at the bottom of this post.)

Now this is a column, not a news article even though it tries to come across as one. So some opinion is expected.

Without question, these kids deserve to be held accountable if this is true. But charging them with murder? That’s ridiculous.

What’s ridiculous is expecting the rest of the country to follow Chicago down the “no consequences” path to destruction. And lack of consequences is exactly what the Tribune is pushing for.

It is wrong to charge teenagers with a murder they clearly did not intend to happen and likely never even considered might happen.

Both the teenagers (who are being charged as adults) and the legal adult should have thought about consequences, but of course in Cook County, there aren’t any. And the columnist needs to grow up a little as well. Those “teens” were armed with a knife, and threaten the homeowner. I doubt she would be crying crocodile tears if they had stabbed the homeowner in Lake County.

Oh, and the Sun-Times doesn’t want to be left out. EDITORIAL: Charge of murder against five teens in Gurnee shooting is a stretch .

That said, we believe the Lake County state’s attorney’s office went too far — following a state law that goes too far — in charging five of the teenagers with murder after the alleged auto theft went awry and the sixth teenager was shot and killed.

Because being responsible for the foreseeable consequences of your actions is unfair. Or something.


Felony Murder

JusticeAll she did was drive the car, but you are responsible for the foreseeable consequences of your actions. And being the getaway driver for a home-invasion, you should know that bad things can happen. One dead after Canton home invasion, driver charged with murder.

The victims, a northwest Canton couple, awoke about 2 a.m. Monday to two masked men pistol-whipping them during a robbery attempt, according to investigators.

They say the resident fatally shot one of the intruders while a second as-yet-unidentified burglar ran from the home in the 2600 block of Second Street NW.

Police later in the day charged the suspected driver, Joi T. Griffith.

The Left screaming about this is unfair in 3, 2, …

Canton City Prosecutor Jason Reese said even though Griffith didn’t pull the trigger, Ohio law allows her to be charged with murder because someone died during the commission of another felony crime, in this case the burglary.

Police are still looking for the guy who ran.

The Left REALLY Hates Felony Murder

OK, the setup is how Missouri must be a strange state for having felony murder. How you can be convicted of murder in Missouri without killing anyone.

And as usual, they focus on one case, that may or may not help their cause. (Though that case started when the bad guys wouldn’t stop over a busted headlamp.) If you get 9 paragraphs in, they finally cough up a bit of truth.

Missouri is one of 45 states in which someone can be charged with murder without actually killing someone through a mechanism known as felony murder.

The bold text is in the original.

So, 90 percent of states have some version of felony murder. (I’m guessing California, a few other Left-coast states, New York, and Illinois, but I’m not sure.)

So in the vast majority of this country, you can be held accountable for the perfectly foreseeable consequences of your actions. Rob a store with your buddy, and he shoots someone, that’s on you. Don’t like that outcome? Don’t rob stores.

But that’s not fair, according to the Left. Holding people responsible for their actions? That is so unfair.

Felony Murder in Missouri

You are responsible for the completely foreseeable consequences of your actions. 3 charged with murder after alleged teen accomplice is killed in University City robbery attempt.

Gregory Bell, 18, of St. Louis, along with Davion Rainey, 18, of St. Louis, and Bell’s 16-year-old brother, Noah Bell, allegedly went into the backyard of a home in the 1300 block of Coolidge Drive and were confronted by the homeowner.

Both the suspects and the homeowner were armed, police said, and the homeowner shot at the suspects, hitting the 16-year-old. The three suspects then fled the scene, police said.

The two surviving miscreants as well as the estranged wife of the homeowner who was attacked (she conspired with the three) are charged with second-degree murder.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Don’t Bring a Hammer to a Gunfight

Self-defense and a felony murder charge in the People’s Republic of Illinois. Man Charged With Murder After Accomplice Shot And Killed In Robbery Attempt.

They went to see about buying a gun. But they didn’t intend to actually buy the gun.

Once inside the home, Zachery and the other man allegedly tried to rob the man who was selling the gun, and hit him several times with a hammer.

The victim then shot Zachery’s accomplice in self defense, police said. That man was pronounced dead at the scene. The Lake County Coroner’s office said he has been identified as Joseph McHaney, of Chicago.

Someone else in the home held Mr. Zachery until police arrived. He was charged with armed robbery and first degree murder.

Florida Has a Felony Murder Law

JusticeThis is very similar to an incident from September, but this crime took place in May. Third person arrested, charged with murder in Tampa home invasion.

Four people break into a home in Tampa, Florida. Since Floridians are almost as heavily armed as Texans, they meet an armed homeowner, who defends himself, and one of the 4 bad guys is killed. The other 3 scamper.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office arrested Taylor Pritt and Vincent Benitez, both 20, Saturday, charging them with second degree felony murder with a firearm and robbery/home invasion with a firearm. Late Saturday night, deputies in Clay County arrested Ashley Causey, 32, on charges of home invasion and murder resulting from distribution of controlled substances.

The Left is on record as not liking Florida’s law, because it is unfair to hold people accountable for the completely foreseeable consequences of their actions. Or something.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Because the Left Thinks Responsibility for the Consequences of One’s Actions Is Unfair

JusticeOr Something. The Left REALLY hates felony murder, because they don’t think you should be held accountable for the consequences of your actions. Even when those consequences are pretty easy to see. Florida’s felony murder statute has some locals facing murder charges, without ever having pulled a trigger.

They discuss 2 cases: One I don’t care about. (Drug dealer kills someone who tried to steal his drugs.) The other I do care about.

Five people tried to invade a home. One of them was shot and killed by the homeowner. The four others are charged with 2nd degree felony murder under Florida law.

The argument? They are young (17ish). They didn’t think it through. Do you think at 17 they understand the difference between good and evil? Right and wrong? But then the Left doesn’t admit there are such things.

My first posting on this incident can be found at this link.