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.

Self-defense Is Legal in Chicago

JusticeI know I’m shocked. Police: ‘He was the victim,’ noting concealed carry license holder will not be charged in fatal shooting.

In an early morning shooting Friday, about 4:30 a.m., a 41-year-old concealed carry license holder drew his own weapon after being confronted with a gun near the intersection of State Street and Ida B. Wells Drive, police said. He was in his 2015 BMW when he was rear-ended by a 22-year-old man in a 2019 Volkswagen, according to officials.

When the man in the BMW got out to check the damage to his vehicle, police have said the other driver pulled a weapon, announced a carjacking, demanded the man’s keys and shoved the man into the BMW, where he was able to retrieve his own gun and fatally shoot the man in the head.

So it only took 2 days to determine that Self-defense is legal in Cook County. Amazing.

78-yr-old Defends Himself In The People’s Republic of Chicago

So what does the gun-hating left say about a 78-year-old man defending himself in his own home? I’m sure they’re against it. 78-year-old Northwest Side homeowner shoots would-be robber.

Guy shows up, with no equipment, offers to fix the sidewalk, but he needs to come into the house to get water for the concrete. The homeowner locked him out.

The same person who wanted to fix his walkway came back with a chisel and crow bar with him. He was also with another man and a getaway driver who was waiting in a red Dodge caravan down the street.

“So I opened the door, he pulled the chisel out, ready to break the glass to get me with a chisel,” he said.

The 78-year-old homeowner pulled out a gun and shot one of the 2 guys trying to get into his house. And this isn’t his first rodeo.

This wasn’t the first time Daniel had an encounter with a burglar.

“Last time they did beat him up, robbed him and took some of his possessions,” [a neighbor] said.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Self-defense Is Legal In Illinois. Barely

JusticeThough the DA isn’t happy about it. Jury acquits Champaign man who shot woman outside his apartment.

A jury deliberated about 7 1/2 hours before acquitting Alva Thomas, 44, of aggravated battery with a firearm and reckless discharge of a firearm in connection with a confrontation he had with a woman outside his home in the 900 block of Pomona Drive about 3 a.m. on Sept. 16, 2017.

The DA, in closing arguments made mention of the fact that this took place near a college. (The University of Illinois is in Champaign) So my rights change if I’m near a college? I’m glad the jury didn’t see it that way.

Self-defense is a human-right. And it might even be a legal right in Illinois, though the prosecutors will never admit that.

Even in the People’s Republic of Illinois, Self-defense Works

They probably thought that in Illinois they would meet no resistance. If so, they were wrong. Homeowner shoots burglary suspect in the neck.

Centreville Detective Sgt. DeMarius Thomas said the incident occurred about 2 a.m.

“We got a call in reference to a home invasion with a suspect shot. Officers responded and fond a man down suffering from a gunshot wound,” Thomas said.

The one would-be bad-guy is in a local hospital in serious condition. The other guy ran like a rabbit.

Self-defense is a legal-right.

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