Half of felony gun possession crimes in Milwaukee Never Charged
Over the past two years, Milwaukee leaders have been making demands of state leaders to help them solve the city’s crime problem. One demand being made by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn is for a state law change requiring a 3-year mandatory sentence for illegally possessing a firearm. But while Barrett and Flynn continue to push for the mandatory minimum, a Media Trackers investigation shows that the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office may make their case for mandatory minimums a moot point.
In an open records request to the Milwaukee Police Department, Media Trackers requested information on all MPD police reports forwarded to the DA’s office with the recommended charge of “Possession of a Firearm by a Felon” – a felony under current law — during June, July and August of 2013. What Media Trackers found was that nearly half of those cases referred to the DA’s office by the MPD were never charged.
Of the 142 cases recommended for charges by the MPD between June and August of last summer, a year later Media Trackers was unable to locate any charge related to illegally possessing a firearm in 68 of those cases – a stunning 47.8% of the time – using WCCA.
In at least one case, Milwaukee DA John Chisholm’s office refused to charge a suspect with possession of a firearm as a felon in 2013 only to have the man charged with first degree intentional homicide a year later.
Well I’ll be darned!
Instead of dropping serious gun crimes and locking violent felons up, dropping serious charges to get a higher conviction/plea rate might be a bad idea.
I could have told them that and I didn’t have to even go to law school!
But if you keep up the bad ideas, then you get to campaign on future “tough-on-crime-ness” or something every go around.
The 4th Amendment is going, going
Illinois judge rules police entitled to Swat raid over parody Twitter account
The police hadn’t even come for him. When four fully-armed officers of a Swat team burst into Jacob Elliott’s house in Peoria, Illinois in April they were looking for the source of a parody Twitter feed that had upset the town’s mayor by poking fun at him.
It transpired that one of Elliott’s housemates, Jon Daniel, had created the fake Twitter account, @peoriamayor, and so incensed the real-life official, Jim Ardis, with his make-believe account of drug binges and sex orgies that the police were dispatched. Elliott was just a bystander in the affair, but that didn’t stop the Swat team searching his bedroom, looking under his pillow and in a closet where they discovered a bag of marijuana and dope-smoking paraphernalia.
Elliott now faces charges of felony marijuana possession. He has also become the subject of one of the more paradoxical – if not parody – questions in American jurisprudence: can a citizen be prosecuted for dope possession when the police were raiding his home looking for a fake Twitter account?
A Peoria judge this week ruled that the police were entitled to raid the house on North University Street on 15 April under the town’s “false personation” law which makes it illegal to pass yourself off as a public official. Judge Thomas Keith found that police had probable cause to believe they would find materials relevant to the Twitter feed such as computers or flash drives used to create it.
It all sounds like there might be a fingernail above the board of the law, until you get to the part where we find out that the prosecutor knew it was a bullshit rap and a bullshit raid and dismissed all the charges related to the Twitter nonsense.
But the guy with the baggie of mary jane and a bong is still going to net a felony rap.
Who runs Illinois again and keeps claiming their for the little guy?
To answer this question:
More businesses are closing than starting. Can Congress help turn that around?
Congress can do very little. So long as people are more afraid of what the government can do to them than they are in staying working for someone else, they will follow their fears and not open a new business.
Congress CAN attempt to write and pass some new feel-good legislation that may ease some potential entrepreneur’s fears, but it won’t matter so long as we have a runaway bureaucracy writing and enforcing their own set of rules.
Also, Congress doesn’t care, because a new small-business can’t donate as much to them as the multi-national that wants to keep sales and innovations to themselves.
And despite what the left might think, punishing the multi-national won’t do a damn thing to slow down the small-business suppression. The only way to slow them down is to take power away from the government. Which, without some serious elbow-grease, will not happen.
Oh, and for the first time since the 1970’s, more business are closing than opening.
This is my shocked face
Well, you heard it at Slate Star Codex first, I suppose, if you’re reading it.
The history of spies seducing people. Key quote: “When the KGB tried to blackmail Indonesian President Achmed Sukarno with videotapes of the president having sex with Russian women disguised as flight attendants, Sukarno wasn’t upset. He was pleased. He even asked for more copies of the video to show back in his country.”
–Slate Star Codex, More Links for September 2014
Emphasis mine. I predict we’ll have a couple of candidates for US statewide or national office showing off their sex scandal vids (“gotta come clean ahead of the story”, you see), or at least saying their public apologies with big-ass grins on their faces, within the next couple of election cycles.
I know very little about Sukarno, but he gets a big thumbs up in my book for this one.
Only one good one again this week. So there is a 2nd Amendment supplement.
You mean the government could be rewarding bad behavior? How could this be?
Why Americans are flocking to their sinking shores even as the risks mount
Once you get through the golwball warmening angle (I really don’t mind the part bashing around of Huckabee), you get to the juicy part.
Federal disaster recovery assistance has exceeded $124 billion since 2004, according to a May 2014 study by the Congressional Research Service, mostly for damages caused by hurricanes.
And many of the houses, condominiums and resorts that line the storm-battered beach are covered by federal flood insurance, a subsidized program that took up the slack when private insurers fled the state after Hurricane Andrew inflicted huge losses in 1992. Florida is the program’s top customer among states. It has two million policies, many of them charging below-market rates, insuring $484 billion in property.
All that money creates what many people familiar with Florida’s predicament characterize as a costly – and dangerous – system of socialized risk to indulge beach lovers. “It’s an unsustainable model that encourages development and leaves people in harm’s way,” said Steve Ellis, vice president of Taxpayers for Common Sense, a Washington-based nonprofit budget watchdog.
If only the government could see what any other thinking individual in the insurance industry could see: Without the government’s help, no one would build anything in these locations.
Just like OPIC encourages business to offshore their manufacturing outside our borders, federal property insurers encourage “developers” and “investors” to build in areas they would otherwise run away from with their hair on fire.
Well then, I’m going to take it that 45% of Scotland is now dead.
Scots reject independence in historic vote
Not actually all that close. Per the US MSM I have learned that 55%-to-45% is only close if it is a Democrat losing to a Republican.
I was watching the results getting called out live on BBC1 and the officials in the areas that went “NO” who were tasked to read the results were decidedly more grumpy than those in the “YES” areas, especially towards the end. Methinks they saw their opportunity for a power grab in the new government falling away.
On Tuesday, September 10th in Poplarville, Mississippi, there was an election for Alderman.
The candidates were Stephanie Bounds and Glenn Bolin.
There were 354 votes cast, with each candidate getting 177 votes. They ended up drawing straws to decide the winner on Tuesday this week. Bolin won the drawing.
It all sounds rather straightforward. Folks from big burgs will probably be chuckling about how quaint it sounds too.
But there was a 355th voter. This person, however, didn’t bring a photo ID and was made to fill out an “affidavit” or provisional vote form and was told to show up at the town registrars office with their ID within five days to make their vote count.
They never showed up.
The leftists are calling this an example of how “evil” voter ID laws stop people from voting. I think it shows how voter ID laws helped make it so that the proper person won. Yes, by a straw. But the followup process disenfranchised no one, whereas a false vote would have possibly disenfranchised half of the town’s population.
I was at the Centralia FunShow helping a new shooter pick out their first gat when I walked past a table from Starlos Firearms LLC showing and selling some of their wares.
What grabbed my attention most was their very stout looking E3 Arms OMEGA-15 polymer AR lower.
While I was standing at his table and handling the actual lower, I spoke with the owner, J. Carlos Rodriguez, for a few minutes about his product and he told me about how he came to this particular design. This isn’t his first time around the track with poly AR lowers and you can tell when you get this part in your hands.
No flex. Anywhere. All the radii are clean and well designed for long wear. And that’s just the exterior. the interior is clean as a whistle and likewise, well beefed up.
I have been looking for a quality poly lower to build a 22LR practice/training rifle out of for some time now. Which is the other nice thing about these lowers, at the show they were only $49.
At that price, once I’m working again, I may build a pair of training rifles using these: one in 22LR and another in 5.56.
Scotland will be voting today to see whether they hate the British Tories enough to make Edinburgh a Havanna on the Leith.
I’m thinking not quite, but it will very likely be close.
P.J. O’Rourke writes about the entertainment value of a disaster.
Ace gives us an “Acesplanation” of some historical factors.
And the Telegraph lets us know something the “yes” folks probably haven’t thought about.