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Paying Attention NOW, Democrats?

Posted on | July 25, 2022 | Comments Off on Paying Attention NOW, Democrats?

When Democrats embraced “criminal justice reform,” the consequences were predictable, especially to anyone who remembers the 1970s, an era of lawlessness that inspired movies like Dirty Harry and Death Wish. The basic idea behind New York’s misguided 2019 “bail reform” law was that it was racist to keep suspects locked up before trial unless they could find someone to post their bail. Why was it racist? “Disparate impact” — i.e., because more black and Hispanic suspects than whites were kept in jail. This is an interesting theory, but the Democrats who insisted on changing the law, to release most suspects without requiring cash bail, apparently didn’t stop to consider all the possible ramifications of this so-called “reform.” There has been a dramatic increase in violent crime which has been particularly harmful to blacks and Hispanics, there very people on whose behalf the “reform” was promoted, reminding us of what Ronald Reagan said: “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.'”

Republican congressman Lee Zeldin is running for governor of New York and has targeted the state’s bail reform law as a main part of his tough-on-crime agenda, He was actually giving a speech on this topic last week at a Veterans of Foreign Wars lodge when he was attacked onstage. His attacker David Jakubonis is an Iraq War veteran with a history of alcoholism who was apparently drunk at the time. Under New York’s “bail reform,” a state judge released Jakubonis on his own recognizance (i.e., without bail), but the feds were like, “Uh uh”:

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of New York announced David Jakubonis, the suspect in the attack on Rep. Lee Zeldin, faces a federal assault charge.
The attack occurred during a campaign stop. Zeldin is the GOP gubernatorial candidate.
“Title 18, United States Code, Section 351(e) makes it a federal crime to willfully assault a Member of Congress,” the filing says. “Section 351(e) provides for an increased penalty where the assault involves the use of a dangerous weapon.” . . .
The judge released Jakubonis on his own recognizance.
That changed on Saturday when “FBI, New York state police and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office took him into custody.” He went in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Marian W. Payson.
Jakubonis is now behind bars.
The Department of Justice said Jakubonis “is due back in federal court Wednesday morning.”

Where he belongs, I hasten to add. Note that the J6 rioters were held without bail for months on end, but this guy attacks a congressman? Oh, New York was just going to turn him loose, because apparently attacking congressmen in New York is OK, as long as it’s a Republican congressman. This situation handed Zeldin a perfect example of the problems caused by turning the state over to corrupt Democrats like Kathy Hochul. Given the growing evidence pointing to a massive “red wave” in November, I expect Hochul (and many other Democrats in New York) will soon have plenty of leisure to contemplate their errors.



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