so in that culture more social activity and merriment = more murders? i think it best to throw out the drug dealing -- that's year round profit seeking and addicts getting their steady fix (thus less/not influenced by ambient temp)
You know what it’s like, EO. You probably don’t feel like going out and “doing stuff” when the weather is crappy; cold, wet, snowy, that kind of thing. They don’t feel like going out and doing stuff either. Their “stuff” just happens to include drive-by shootings and gangsta hits.
Foxx’s Office Altered Info Given to Public for Smollett’s Lawyers
If there was any doubt that Jussie Smollett received special treatment after being accused of perpetrating a hoax, new documents released by the city of Chicago should remove it.
The former “Empire” actor, who is gay and black, made headlines in late January and early February after he claimed that he’d been the victim of a racially motivated and homophobic attack at the hands of supporters of President Donald Trump in the Windy City.
From the start, there were questions about his credibility … and then police revealed that they were actually investigating him for allegedly inventing the entire hate crime.
Now, documents released by the Chicago Police Department seem to confirm what many have long suspected: The office of left-leaning prosecutor Kim Foxx went out of its way to accommodate Smollett, even going so far as to apologize to his lawyers and work with them to alter the wording of statements to put the actor in a better light.
“Chicago prosecutors were so eager to protect Jussie Smollett, they took the ethically-questionable step of telling cops to stop investigating him — and they even let the actor’s lawyers dictate what to say in court in dropping the charges,” the New York Post reported Friday.
That newspaper is one of several which reviewed documents pertaining to the case released by the Chicago police, and what they found should alarm anyone who cares about even-handed justice.
Amazingly, it appears that the Chicago State’s Attorney Office, run by Foxx, never actually requested to see the evidence against Smollett which had been collected by detectives.
Yet Foxx and her staff still decided to offer Smollett a sweetheart deal by all but clearing him of any wrongdoing, enraging the hard-working Chicago police and even the city’s Democrat mayor in the process.
Beyond taking the bizarre step of telling police to end their investigation before it was finished and not even looking at the evidence, the prosecutor’s office also allegedly pandered to the suspect’s lawyers to help Smollett with his public relations issues.
“Prosecutors bent over backwards to keep Smollett’s lawyers happy, texts released by the state’s attorney’s office Friday night show,” the Post noted.
Messages between Risa Lanier of the criminal prosecutions bureau and Smollett attorney Patricia Brown Holmes reveal Foxx’s deputy seemed more worried about making Smollett look good than making sure he was held responsible for any alleged crimes.
What does (and doesn't) unseat a judge in Cook County, Illinois
By Thomas Lifson
With Chicago a notorious crime-ridden shooting gallery, the judges who sit on the Cook County bench have an important role to play in protecting the citizenry from repeat offenders. So, what does it take to get rid of a judge there?
DULUTH, Minn. (FOX 9) - Two people were arrested over the weekend in what the Duluth Police Department said was the largest heroin seizure in the history of the department.
On May 30, investigators executed search warrants at an apartment and a hotel room and recovered approximately 4.3 pounds of heroin, a half-pound of cocaine, a loaded gun and $94,623. The heroin has an estimated street value of $350,000, according to police.
The warrants were the result of a two-month long investigation into a drug trafficking organization with suspected sales of heroin in the region.
Last September, a Chicago police SUV pulled up next to Antawan Smith at a red light on the Far South Side. An officer in the squad car looked into Smith’s car. He saw Smith looking back at him, pulling his t-shirt down to cover a gun in his waistband, according to police.
Smith was on parole at the time after being released early from prison for his second gun felony.
Cops say they saw Smith throw the gun from his car (it was loaded when they recovered it) and other officers later caught up with Smith following a foot chase. They said he was carrying about 8 grams of crack cocaine.
Prosecutors charged Smith with Class X felony armed habitual criminal; Class X felony armed violence with a weapon; felony manufacture-delivery of cocaine; felony repeated unlawful use of a weapon by a felon; felony aggravated fleeing and traffic violations.
On March 11 of this year, the state dropped the armed habitual criminal charge, and Smith went free by posting a $6,000 deposit bond—ten percent of the bail amount set by Judge Michael Clancy.
Two months later, while free on bail, Smith murdered 15-year-old Jaylin Ellzey in a drive-by shooting, prosecutors say.
“As of this afternoon, 11 of the 19 individuals arrested on gun charges over the weekend by #ChicagoPolice are already out on the street. 7 of the individuals were previously convicted felons and 6 had prior gun offenses in their backgrounds.”
All but one of 138 associate Cook County judges have won new four-year terms, after a secret vote in which only the county’s circuit judges can vote.
The only one dumped from the bench: Richard Schwind, an associate judge since 2012 who’d been criticized for racially insensitive comments.
Schwind, who didn’t return calls seeking comment, was reassigned last year after telling an African American defendant, charged with assaulting a white man who used a racial slur against him, “You were never a slave, but you take offense to it.” (snip)
The bar group had said Panici, the other associate judge it found to be unqualified, “exhibits a casual attitude regarding whether the state has met the burden of proof” and expressed a belief that nearly all of the defendants who appear before him are guilty.
The other judges getting new terms include several whose decisions had brought rebukes from the court system.