Bill di Blasio, Bookworm, Columbia Legal Services, D/S/Cs, diversity, G Helen Whitener, Gov. Jay Inslee, Green River Killer, Social justice, socialist utopia, The Constitution, the rule of law, Washington Supreme Court
As I’m sure you know, gentle readers, politicians across the nation have been releasing vicious criminals from jails so the poor dears don’t get sick. Many are deserving of the Louis Renault award because they’re shocked, shocked the criminals actually commit, you know, crimes, when they’re not behind bars. One such was Bill di Blasio, Communist Mayor of the People’s Republic of New York City, as The New York Post reports:
It is ‘unconscionable’ that Rikers Island inmates who were released due to coronavirus concerns are committing new crimes, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday.
‘I think it’s unconscionable just on a human level that folks were shown mercy and this is what some of them have done,’ the mayor said during his morning briefing Monday, which came on the heels of a Post report outlining the issue.
Why, why, they’re acting like, like…criminals!
We do see some recidivism. I have not seen a huge amount, but any amount is obviously troubling,’ he said.
‘We’re going to just keep buckling down on it, making sure there’s close monitoring and supervision to the maximum step possible. And the NYPD is going to keep doing what they’re doing.’
Uh huh. And the criminals are going to keep doing what they’re doing.
The Post reported Sunday that at least 50 of the newly released Rikers Island prisoners were rearrested for new crimes in recent weeks — and in some cases were cut loose again.
Of course they were. One thing D/S/Cs never learn, and always ignore, is the primary benefit of prisons is not rehabilitation, but locking away the worst of the worst, people who when in prison, will not be preying on the innocent. While the occasional mistake is made, the people in penitentiaries are not, by and large, good hearted, misunderstood souls who can be reformed by a little love, enlightened understanding and chicken soup. They worked hard, and left a long trail of broken bodies and dreams behind them, before earning their prison numbers.
By the way, Louis Renault is the famous police Captain, who in Casablanca, is “shocked, shocked” to learn there is gambling going on in Humphrey Bogart’s Rick’s Place, a comment he makes to Rick just as one of Rick’s employees hands him a wad of cash–his gambling winnings.
Not wanting to be left behind in the lunacy sweepstakes, Washington State came within a hairsbreadth of releasing one of the most infamous serial killers of all time, as Victoria Taft at PJ Media reports:
But nothing is more, what’s the word for it? Ah, yes – INSANE – than what Washington State prison reformers nearly succeeded in doing last week.
The man we now know as the Green River Killer, Gary Ridgeway, was sent to prison for more than 500 years. He was convicted of 49 murders of prostitutes, girls on the streets and vulnerable runaways, but he was suspected of committing 71 murders in the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s.
He would take the women and girls, have sex with them, and then strangle them, watching the light go out of their eyes as he squeezed the life out of them. Sometimes he’d use a rope and sometimes he’d use his bare hands. He’d pose their bodies and sometimes come back and have sex with the corpses. His first victims were found in the Green River, giving the monster his moniker.
He was arrested in the ’80s but let go for lack of evidence. A task force was formed to track down the serial killer and in 2001 – decades and multiple victims later – Gary Ridgeway was busted again and confessed to 71 murders.
Ridgeway was spared the death penalty because prosecutors knew it would take many millions of taxpayers dollars to give him appeals for the rest of his natural life. There was understandable outrage at the time, but prosecutors assured victims’ families and the general public that he would never ever, ever get out of prison. Never.
And then came the coronavirus and everything changed.
A legal activist group, Columbia Legal Services, began agitating for inmates over 50 years old to be set free to save them from the virus. Ridgeway is 71 years old.
Q13 News reports prosecutors argued in court that “The Petitioners [Columbia Legal Services] demand that 2/3 of the prison population be released into the community, a number which includes serial killers and capital murderers.”
Among the killers to possibly be released, besides the Green River Killer, was Isaac Zamora, a multiple murderer who went on a shooting rampage and killed five people. He’s serving a life sentence, whatever that means anymore.
The response to the lawsuit by the state Office of the Attorney General notes that the request doesn’t account for severity of crimes. It contends that what the lawsuit seeks could result in the release of almost 12,000 inmates, possibly even ‘Green River Killer’ Gary Ridgway and Isaac Zamora, who killed six people and injured four others in a shooting spree in Skagit County in 2008.
‘We’re not talking about low-level druggies and low-level property crimes,’ Skagit County Chief Deputy Criminal Prosecutor Rosemary Kaholokula told the Skagit Valley Herald Tuesday. ‘We’re talking about really bad people.’
Serial killers and mass murders kind of define “really bad people.” By the narrowest of margins, the Washington Supreme Court ruled really bad people would remain behind bars and take their chances, you know, like the rest of us that aren’t really bad people. Perhaps when someone works so hard to be put in prison, they might be deemed to be taking their chances with matters like viruses? Those that have wantonly taken lives might just have to endure the occasional risk.
The vote was 5-4. That means four of the Washington State Supreme Court were ready to empty the state prisons of 2/3 of the prisoners, including Gary Ridgeway.
How could the members of the state supreme court, any state supreme court, be such lunatics? Who could possibly vote to release monsters among the innocent? What could possibly be wrong with them? My pal Bookworm, who ought to be on your daily “to read” list, explains:
To understand how Washington state got so insane, you need to know how the state chose judges for its Supreme Court. Legal quality — intelligence, academic excellence, constitutional knowledge, a sterling career — was not on the checklist. Instead, the metric was diversity:
When you dig into the Slate story, this is what you get:
While the federal bench grows more homogeneous by the day, Democratic governors are diversifying their state judiciaries to an unprecedented degree. On Monday, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, elevated Grace Helen Whitener to the state Supreme Court. Whitener is a disabled black lesbian who immigrated from Trinidad. She joins Inslee’s two other appointees: Raquel Montoya-Lewis, a Jewish Native American who previously served on tribal courts, and Mary Yu, an Asian-American Latina lesbian who officiated the first same-sex marriages in the state.
Whitener has been an outspoken advocate of judicial diversity and sought to educate marginalized communities about the legal system. ‘We have a limited number of judges of color on our benches here in Washington State,’ she said in 2019. ‘It’s not reflective of the population that it serves. And one core cannon of our judicial system is trust and confidence—building it on our communities. And having a judiciary that is reflective of the community that it serves is truly important in raising trust and confidence in the services that we provide as judicial officers.’ Shortly before her nomination to the Supreme Court, Whitener said: ‘I believe, as a marginalized individual—being a black gay female immigrant disabled judge—that my perspective is a little different. I try to make sure that everyone that comes into this courtroom feels welcome, feels safe, and feels like they will get a fair hearing.’
Washington now has arguably the most diverse court, state or federal, in American history. (In Washington, the governor can fill vacancies, state Supreme Court vacancies, and those justices must later run for election.) There are currently seven female justices, including the chief justice—a record for any state Supreme Court—and just one straight, white, male justice. Its closest competitor is the California Supreme Court. Three of Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown’s four appointees to that court are people of color: Goodwin Liu (who is Asian-American), Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar (who is a Latino immigrant), and Leondra Kruger (who is black).
Take the link and read Bookworm’s entire article, and the Slate article as well. What you’ll find missing is any commentary on the judicial temperament, legal accomplishments, and fidelity to the law and the Constitution on the part of any of these black robed PC posers. They, like most D/S/Cs, see the judiciary as a sort of super legislature that will give D/S/Cs the policies they cannot honestly obtain through the legislative process. Their job is not to interpret the law, but to make whatever law is necessary to vindicate D/S/C whims. It’s all about social justice, not actual justice, building a deranged D/S/C utopia, not the rule of law.
Need I wonder if the seven female members of the Washington Supreme Court are the seven best lawyers, the finest legal minds in the State of Washington? But hey, don’t even serial killers deserve a little time off? In Washington state, it’s a near thing. Oh, and G. Helen Whitener was not a part of that decision. If she were, Gary Ridgeway might have been introducing himself to his new neighbors, serial killer style. The scary thing is Washington State isn’t rare by a long shot.