Category: Justice Equality

The Precedent Set by Kyle Rittenhouse Wasn’t on Trial

KENOSHA, WISCONSIN - NOVEMBER 19: Judge Bruce Schroeder, right, listens as the verdicts are ready by Judicial Assistant Tami Mielcarek in Kyle Rittenhouse's trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse on November 19, 2021 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Rittenhouse was found not guilty of all charges in the shooting of three demonstrators, killing two of them, during a night of unrest that erupted in Kenosha after a police officer shot Jacob Blake seven times in the back while being arrested in August 2020. Rittenhouse, from Antioch, Illinois, claimed self-defense who at the time of the shooting was armed with an assault rifle.  (Photo by Sean Krajacic - Pool/Getty Images)

Yes Judge Shroeder set more than just the tone but the standard by which he claims he lives and we all should. We should all live our lives like vigilante’s and simply as we “feel”. Had someone shot Rittenhouse at the time he was shooting not victims but “rioters” and had a “feeling” would we be discharged or convicted given Judge Bruce Shroeder declared Rittenhouse a vigilante who crossed statelines with a semi automatic rifle was the ‘victim and the dead men were guilty and deserved to be shot. Shroeder and Abbott have rewritten and set the America’s new NRA Gold Standard

Raise your hand if you agree life is more important than property,” prosecutor Thomas Binger said to the jury in his closing arguments. “The only person who shot and killed anyone was the defendant. Yes, there was property damage. No one’s here to defend that. No one’s here to tell you it’s OK to commit arson or looting. No one’s here to tell you it’s okay to be rioters. … But what you don’t get to do is kill someone on the street for committing arson.” Yet thanks to this jury verdict, more people will undoubtedly try to. Related Rittenhouse Jury Has to Decide If the Men Who Tried to Stop Him Were Heroes or Villains We can’t say we didn’t see it coming. Judge Bruce Schroeder’s decision to allow the men laying dead at Rittenhouse’s feet to be called “looters” or “rioters” but not “victims” set a tone that continued, ruling after ruling. Yes: One of the people Rittenhouse shot — Gaige Grosskreutz – was armed. I find that insufficient justification for the death of two other men. No, the legal argument failed. And that was the only argument jurors were ever going to hear in court. But it’s not the only question that you and I as American citizens have to wrestle with.

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Barr’s Message: Threats To Kill Witnesses To Help Trump Will Be Rewarded  | Crooks and Liars

Barr's Message: Threats To Kill Witnesses To Help Trump Will Be Rewarded 

Barr’s Message: Threats To Kill Witnesses To Help Trump Will Be Rewarded
No matter what sentence the judge gives Stone, Barr’s already sent the message, “Threatening witnesses to help Trump won’t be punished.”

via Barr’s Message: Threats To Kill Witnesses To Help Trump Will Be Rewarded  | Crooks and Liars

After 25 Years in Jail For a Single Punch He Threw as a 16 Year Old, Taurus Buchanan Is Finally Free – Mother Jones

How many white kids in Lousianna were sentanced for one punch in the same period of time? (ODT)

At the time, Louisiana was one of 28 states that doled out mandatory life sentences to juveniles. In 1993, Baton Rouge police arrested Buchanan for landing a single fatal punch during a fight with neighborhood boys. Prosecutors charged Buchanan with second-degree murder. Under Louisiana law, he was automatically tried as an adult. The judge issued a mandatory sentence: life without parole.

Over time, a series of cases forced the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider the way young people are held responsible for their crimes. In 2005, the court banned the use of the death penalty for crimes committed by juveniles. Several years later, the court banned mandatory life-without-parole sentences for young people not convicted of homicide. In a 2012 ruling, the court extended that ban to include homicides. And in 2016, the court made the ban on life sentences retroactive.

via After 25 Years in Jail For a Single Punch He Threw as a 16 Year Old, Taurus Buchanan Is Finally Free – Mother Jones

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Ten Years After Not One High-Level Banker Sent to Jail for Tanking Global Economy, This Man Gets 20 Years in Prison for Stealing Cigarettes

Ten years after the behavior of over-leveraged and fraudulent banks created a global financial disaster that resulted in hundreds of billions of dollars in losses; a multi-trillion bailout using public money; and millions of people losing their homes to foreclosure, but saw not one high-level financial executive go to jail, a man in Florida has been sentenced to a 20-year prison term for stealing $600 worth of cigarettes from a local convenience store.

via Ten Years After Not One High-Level Banker Sent to Jail for Tanking Global Economy, This Man Gets 20 Years in Prison for Stealing Cigarettes