Teh Squeaky Wheel
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Friday greetin’s, Wheelizens! The outcome of the Kate Steinle murder case is stunning. (It’s also how you get angry mobs.) My first approximation is that the verdict was, in no small part, a raised middle finger to Trump and his supporters. Symbolic gesture against “the man” and all that…for having the utter audacity to enforce immigration law a little better than his predecessors. I seem to recall that Congress pinky-swore to address our southern border situation if Reagan signed the ’86 amnesty bill. Reagan was a damned fool to do so and y’all know my general feelings about Congress. Three-plus… Read more »
Good morning, In the Kate Steinle murder case, I thought from the beginning that the prosecutors made a mistake with the murder charges -- a manslaughter charge seemed more appropriate. It’s stunning too that the jury convicted on the felon-illegal possession of a firearm charge. If this was all an accident, and Zarate found the gun moments before accidentally firing it, how does that equate to “possession”? It’s absurd. I can buy that the killing in the moment was unintentional, but Zarate never should have been at the pier in the first place and his actions caused the death of… Read more »
Happy Friday, Gerbil Nation! Good morning, Fatwa, and Sven! In re possession of a firearm. If he picked up the weapon, he had possession of it, in the legal sense. Let’s say it was wrapped in a jacket, under a bench, he picked up the bundle, saw what it was, put it down, and immediately called the police. No DA would charge him, even though it was a technical violation. What I’d really like to see happen is the Feds step in and charge him under federal law (doesn’t count as double-jeopardy). Under the Armed Career Criminal statute he could… Read more »
I recall reading about a case where an ex-convict worked as a bus driver in a city. A robber with a gun came on board and demanded his money. He gave him everything but the man started beating him causing lose of control and putting all passengers at risk. The driver grappled with the robber and they went to the floor where the driver got the gun away from him. The robber attacked him to get the gun back and the driver shot him dead. The shooting was clear self defense and ruled such, but when the driver got the… Read more »
I remember too that after the LA shootout the officials wanted to prosecute the gun store for giving the police guns without the waiting period (as people were being shoot down) and penalize the officers who asked for help without getting permission from upstairs first.
These things give a whole new meaning to “gun crimes” to me.
Oh crap! Who woke up Mac?
¡Hola Sven, Paddy y Mac! Uh oh…Mac is “woke”? I recall that idiocy re the NoHo Bank of America robbery and the gun shop as well. I can only imagine what would have happened to the store if they hadn’t helped the cops. I lived slightly less than a mile from that branch; my first inkling that something odd was going on was the sound of a preposterous number of choppers. The only time I was ever actually in that branch was about two weeks after the robbery. A friend was driving me to pick-up my car from the shop… Read more »
I don’t know why I find this funny: 227 pounds of contraband bologna seized at TX border crossing:
“Excuse me, ma’am, is that a bologna in your trunk?”
“We haz bologna in our trunks!”