Andrew Knightley: You said you wanted to chew the fat. I think you just wanted to drink it. We’re not your friends, we’re just your fucking enablers.
Gary King: Enabler? Oh that’s a funny word. Gary King & The Enablers. Actually that would make a great name for the band. Steve, write that down.
The World’s End 2013
Have you ever heard of the term: A Lawsuit waiting to happen:
The Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office has instructed prosecutors to think twice before charging illegal immigrants with minor, non-violent crimes in response to stepped up immigration enforcement by the Trump administration.
Am I reading this right? Is the State Attorney’s office actually instructing prosecutors to use a double standard when it comes to prosecuting crimes? Jazz Shaw comments:
For these purposes they want to focus on “minor, non-violent criminal cases.” One could imagine that might include petty theft or any burglary which doesn’t rise in value to the grand theft arena. Perhaps passing bad checks? These are the sorts of things most any of us would wind up in front of a judge for. We might not go to jail, but would probably at least be paying a fine and possibly some sort of probation. But if you happen to be an illegal alien residing in Baltimore, congratulations! You’ve pretty much got a free pass after this. Snatch all the purses you like because even if you get caught there won’t be any consequences.
We’re talking about officers of the court who are charged with upholding the law. And they are seriously cautioning the staff to consider not prosecuting people who are suspected of these crimes on the basis of the fact that they are already committing a crime by being here illegally. If you are a citizen or lawful immigrant living in Baltimore you should be outraged by this.
Well “yes” and “no”. If you are a law abiding citizen who cares about the rule of law, you should be outraged by this, but if you are a native born person who is a criminal a passer of bad checks, a purse snatcher, a drunk driver, a drug dealer, a vandal or any one of the many people who either have a history of or plan on a career which include the risk of being subject to “minor, non violent criminal cases” your ship has just come in.
This is prima facie evidence of discrimination and even more important it’s discrimination that’s directed against a population that is 63% African American. Or to put it another way. If your city has a population of 600k with more that 350K black residences and you have a 1 in 20 chance of being a victim of a property crime, (let alone the serious stuff like murder) that suggests an awful lot of black people arrested for such crimes. In 2005 for example:
that year, the city’s police made 100,000 arrests, among a population only six times that.
You don’t have to be Al Sharpton or Jessie Jackson to see the potential here. If it’s the policy of the State attorney’s office to let illegals skate but to prosecute native born blacks, then if you are an enterprising criminal or a lawyer looking for a huge class action score against the city, your ship has just come in.
Alas this might be hard to prove, after all it’s not as if this policy was in writing or something oh wait:
Chief Deputy State’s Attorney Michael Schatzow, in a memo sent to all staff Thursday and obtained by The Baltimore Sun, wrote that the Justice Department’s deportation efforts “have increased the potential collateral consequences to certain immigrants of minor, non-violent criminal conduct.”
“In considering the appropriate disposition of a minor, non-violent criminal case, please be certain to consider those potential consequences to the victim, witnesses, and the defendant,” Schatzow wrote.
Yes you’re reading that. He, Michael Schatzow, the guy whose picture from the Baltimore state attorney office site is to the left. This lily white deputy state attorney for Baltimore, for the sake of tweaking Donald Trump, put in writing a policy that says one should consider the consequences to an illegal alien when “considering the appropriate disposition of a minor, non-violent criminal case” but doesn’t suggest any such consideration for a black, native born legal Baltimore resident.
If I’m Al Sharpton I’d think I had died and gone to heaven.
Prosecutors declined to discuss the memo.
I’ll bet they did. It’s an easy enough lawsuit as it is, no prosecutor in his right mind is going to comment on this even if they are a liberal democrat looking for elected office in the state.
Now it’s possible the Sharptons. Jacksons or even Black Lives Matter crowd might balk at going after a Black run city or a deputy State Attorney who works under Marilyn Mosby no matter how big the potential payoff, Jazz Shaw again:
who thought this up? The article cites the Deputy State’s Attorney as having written the memo but you know this didn’t happen without the seal of approval of Marilyn Mosby. (The actual State’s Prosecutor of Freddie Gray fame.)
And I admit with DaTipJar lagging a bit there is a little bit of Sicilian in me that says if I’m willing to go though the hassle of going to Baltimore, committing a crime, getting caught and then filing suit the score would be six figure or more. Sure it might take years but the lawsuit and settlement might be worth it, but then I’m thinking even if I was willing to cross that line for the money, long before I got there an enterprising lawyer would have no problem finding a potential client or even a group for a class action ready and willing to collect on the jackpot that Baltimore is offering to them, in writing.
Who says crime doesn’t pay?
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