Last month, a Chicago gangster got out of jail (and a jail sentence) on a technicality.
His enemies were not so technical/legal minded. They killed him on his ride home. (The story is here, in ZipDialog)
Murderer released from jail because he was not given a speedy trial in Chicago
The good news (for him) is that he was released
The bad news (for him) is that he left this mortal coil on his ride home –ZipDialog
Today, another variation….
Today, another of Chicago’s alleged gang members was walking to the criminal court building when a van filled with his enemies drove by and pumped him full of lead. The victim is in critical condition.
Surprisingly, there were a few police near the criminal court building and they caught the perps.
That’s rare. Very, very few Chicago shootings and murders are solved. Bystanders are afraid to talk and the gang members prefer to handle the retaliation themselves.
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◆ Murderer released from jail because he was not given a speedy trial in Chicago
The good news (for him) is that he was released
The bad news (for him) is that he left this mortal coil on his ride home.
Chicago man accused of murder who beat his case when prosecutors couldn’t give him a speedy trial was killed after leaving Cook County Jail on Monday night, according to authorities.
Kamari Belmont, 23, was being held on separate murder and robbery cases stemming from a single night in 2015 in which he was accused of shooting one man during a robbery who later died and robbing another man a couple of hours later. —Chicago Tribune story here
Belmont’s attorney, who advised him to get out of his neighborhood immediately, said “Unfortunately this isn’t the first time I’ve seen this.”
The WikiLeaks documents (everyone believes their downloads now) show how the CIA, via their eerily named “Weeping Angel” program, has devised a method of listening to us through our smart TVs. Even when we think they’re off, they are able to keep them on — and recording — through a “fake-off” program. –Roger Simon at PJ Media
In a week of heightened tensions in the region, Foreign Minister Wang Li cautioned the US in unusually frank language against the deployment of a controversial missile defense system in South Korea, which is vehemently opposed by China.
But he also had strong words for North Korea, saying Pyongyang should suspend its nuclear weapons program. –CNN
Comment: China has misplayed this badly. Beijing has done nothing to corral its reckless client.
Comment: What a touching story. My friend, Jim Vincent, was named for an uncle he never knew, another soldier who died fighting in World War II. Jim’s uncle died in the long battle for Monte Cassino in Italy. Jim’s daughter, Ruth, researched that battle and found some of her great uncle’s buddies, who were alongside him when he fell.
Comment: I am perfectly fine with African-American students forming their own clubs and societies and including (or excluding) whomever they wish.
That is what a robust civil society should permit. But it is wrong to ask the state of Michigan to do it officially and to pay for it.
It is also perfectly appropriate for anyone who doesn’t like a private club’s rules to protest them. Lots of all-male clubs were changed that way. Their corporate members resigned when the memberships became controversial and the clubs either changed or didn’t, as they chose.
Yes, we can have all these “private” arrangements regulated by laws and statutes, but, in doing so, the arrangements cease to be private, cease to be voluntary associations. That is a huge loss, even if the goals of the laws and statutes are admirable.
This is what corruption looks like. It says, “I can park where I want because I don’t have to obey the laws everyone else does. I am a Congressman, and I am above the laws that apply to everyone else.”
If the law were applied fairly, his car would be towed. Yours would be. Mine would be. Why not his?
As it happens, I have seen this fine public servant do this before. A couple of years ago, I was visiting a hospital patient and watched him pull up on the curb next to the hospital’s main door, park his car on the sidewalk, and casually walk in to see someone. He was not on official business, much less an official emergency. He was simply using his political power, his immunity to the laws that should apply to everyone equally. He should have been ticketed then. And he should be ticketed for his illegal parking in this picture.
But he won’t be. He knows a guy who knows a guy. This is Chicago, and he’s been an operator since his days as a Black Panther. Laws be damned.
I have seen this sort of contempt for law before, too. I have seen Russian diplomats drive to places no one should park–places where no diplomats from law-abiding countries would trespass–and simply park there. I have asked and found they do it regularly. If you want to understand Putin, just check the way Russian diplomats park.
If you want to understand Chicago politics, just gaze at this picture.
If you want to see why voters all over this country have said to career politicians, “enough! go earn a living like the rest of us!,” just look at this picture.
It shows utter contempt for the laws the public must obey. That contempt comes from years of feeding at the free public buffet, provided by the citizens . . . who could use that fire hydrant to wash away the stench.
The key provisions in this model legislation are inspired by three classic defenses of campus free speech: Yale’s 1974 Woodward Report, The University of Chicago’s 1967 Kalven Report, and the University of Chicago’s 2015 Stone Report.
The model legislation presented and explained in this brief does several things:
It creates an official university policy that strongly affirms the importance of free expression, nullifying any existing restrictive speech codes in the process.
It prevents administrators from disinviting speakers, no matter how controversial, whom members of the campus community wish to hear from.
It establishes a system of disciplinary sanctions for students and anyone else who interferes with the free-speech rights of others.
It allows persons whose free-speech rights have been improperly infringed by the university to recover court costs and attorney’s fees.
It reaffirms the principle that universities, at the official institutional level, ought to remain neutral on issues of public controversy to encourage the widest possible range of opinion and dialogue within the university itself.
It ensures that students will be informed of the official policy on free expression.
It authorizes a special subcommittee of the university board of trustees to issue a yearly report to the public, the trustees, the governor, and the legislature on the administrative handling of free-speech issues.
Taken together, these provisions create a system of interlocking incentives designed to encourage students and administrators to respect and protect the free expression of others. –Goldwater Institute’s “Campus Free Speech: A Legislative Proposal”
In 1979, when Pope John Paul II came to Chicago, Joe DiLeonardi was Acting Superintendent of Police and expected to be named to the job permanently. Highly regarded, he working to clean up the department and promote minorities. Yet, within two years, he was working at a low-grade police job at the airport and then demoted even further to the midnight shift in a high-crime neighborhood.
What did he do wrong, you might ask?
Simple enough, he wanted to root-out organized crime and its political connections. Mayor Jane Byrne, elected as a “reform mayor,” wasn’t having it. In 1980, DiLeonard told the Chicago Tribune that
two of Byrne’s top aides demanded the ouster of the department’s most prominent fighter of organized crime, and blamed influence from the mobbed-up 1st Ward organization. DiLeonardi’s successor, Richard Brzeczek, denied the allegations. …
DiLeonardi was said to be the inspiration for “Kojak,” the nattily attired TV detective played by Telly Savalas. –Chicago Tribune
A potentially major blow for privacy advocates occurred on Friday when a U.S. magistrate ruled against Google and ordered it to cooperate with FBI search warrants demanding access to user emails that are stored on servers outside of the United States. The case is certain to spark a fight, because an appeals court ruled in favor of Microsoft in a similar case recently. –Gizmodo
◆ Sanctuary Cities to Trump: Drop Dead, Keep Sending Money The NBC story doesn’t have that tone, but that’s the message. Trump’s response is predictably blunt. (Here)
Two Comments: First, Trump made a very smart move on this issue early. Until then, the narrative had been “be empathetic with the striving, yearning immigrants.” Trump reversed it: “Be empathetic with the victims of violent illegal immigrants.” He was predictably hyperbolic, of course, and the narrative does not easily generalize to non-violent illegal immigrants, but it was a shrewd political reimagining of the issue.
Second, a fight with Trump over immigration is one many sanctuary-city mayors and sheriffs relish . . . until the money pinches. Chicago will be a particularly hard fight because Mayor Rahm Emanuel depends on support from Hispanic voters to offset his unpopularity among African-Americans. If he backs down without a smack-down, he’ll lose a key support group.
◆ Quote of the Day When asked what he thinks about General Mattis when he was being considered for Secretary of Defense, Rob O’Neill (the man who killed Bin Laden) said:
General Mattis has a bear rug in his home, but the bear’s not dead. It’s just afraid to move.
The Trump administration has informed the Palestinian Authority that it is freezing the transfer of $221 million which was quietly authorized by the Obama administration in its final hours on January 20, a senior Palestinian source has told The Times of Israel.
US officials conveyed to PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah on Tuesday that the funds were not expected to be handed over in the immediate future, said the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. –AP and Times of Israel
Nihad Awad, CAIR’s national executive director, called the proposed border wall a “multi-billion dollar monument to racism.” Awad went on to say that President Trump’s proposal has nothing to do with national security and is strictly an “Islamophobic” proposal. –Daily Caller
Comment: An extreme left-wing rabbi, involved in many anti-Israeli causes, appeared at the same news conference and said barring refugees from Syria and Somalia is an “affront to God.”
♥ Hat Tip for helpful suggestions: ◆ Sam Stubbs for the great quote about Gen. Mattis ◆ Ed Lasky for US funding for Palestinians; the story on that yesterday came thanks to Marcia Sukenik Weiss