Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Milwaukee Should Have Tried Sister Agnes’ Method

 
Remember those happy-go-lucky Democratic tire slashers in Milwaukee during the last presidential election?

Son of a gun, if they didn’t just wrap things up. Who says justice isn’t swift? According to The Milwaukee Sentinel Journal Online, things are finally winding down now, more than fifteen months after the incidents:
     After a two-week felony trial culminating with notes from a conflicted jury, four Kerry-Edwards campaign workers - including the sons of U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) and former Acting Mayor Marvin Pratt - had their charges in the Election Day 2004 tire-slashing reduced to misdemeanors and accepted the deal.
And who says justice isn’t fair? A dumbed-down charge from felony to misdemeanor, now that’s fair for a practicing Democrat just trying to make the playing field a bit more level. One brave soul held out and got off:
     The fifth Democratic staffer accused of crippling Republican vans won a jury acquittal by sticking with a fight against the felony charge.
There's a close call for you: this one must have nerves of steel. All that's left to do is for the boys to pool their money and pay restitution — a total of $5,317.45 — and they can forget the individual $10,000.00 fines that can accompany misdemeanors of this sort. They don’t have to serve the recommended nine month jail time, either:
     All five defendants had been charged with damaging 40 tires on 25 rented vans parked outside Republican Party offices on W. Capitol Drive, hours before they were to be deployed for electioneering. The repair costs easily exceeded the felony threshold of $2,500, yet there was little evidence about what each man had allegedly done.
Prosecutors built most of their case on testimony from out-of-state Democratic operatives who had come to work on the Wisconsin campaign alongside the defendants - Michael Pratt, 33, Lewis G. Caldwell, 29, Lavelle Mohammad, 36, Justin Howell, 21, and Sowande Omokunde, 26. The witnesses said the local men boasted about their crippling attack on the Republican vehicles.
Dear, dear. “Boasting,” were they? That’s so Michael Moore.

Well, at least they’re free and ready for getting out the vote in 2006. Or are they planning to keep the voters at home again? That's one way to win elections in Milwaukee, especially if you're afraid you'd lose otherwise.

Good poll workers don't let other poll workers vandalize the competition.

Perhaps the boys could be "sentenced" to write that out a thousand times. Hearts and minds were certainly changed when Sister Agnes employed this method. Perhaps the court could try it.

It also has the advantage of being a cheaper form of punishment than having the taxpayers of Milwaukee pay to house five thugs.


Hat tip: The Common Room

9 comments:

Neddy said...

What about Hillary Clinton underestimating her campaign's expenditures by almost $800,000, so she is just now being fined $35,000. Meanwhile, she was elected and is still serving as a Senator from New York. Talk about punishment fitting the crime!

Great Blogging, BTW!

Dymphna said...

And don't forget the double standard for Hill's book and Newt Gingrich's. Somehow it was okay for Hillary to make millions on her "I'm Me" book, but it wasn't okay that Gingrich make any money from his history book.

For the Dems, a level playing field is always one that tilts in their direction. Otherwise it's tantrum time.

And Republicans are lousy in-fighters, unfortunately. They have a real tin ear there.

Baron Bodissey said...

I couldn't help but notice the name Mohammad in the perp list.

Why am I not surprised?

airforcewife said...

Gosh, I heard about this ALL OVER the news.

Umm, wait, no I didn't.

Wonder why?

Baron Bodissey said...

More Islamic influence (JSOnline):

"Sowande Ajumoke Omokunde, also known as Supreme Solar Allah, arrived at the Milwaukee police administration building..."

As opposed to "Lunar Allah"?

Geez.

Mussolini said...

Sun and Moon Allah?

Does that have some kind of significance, or just an affectation?

Xiaoding said...

I think the point is, unlike the Republicans, Democrats actually DO something instead of just talk about it.

This story makes the Repubs look worse than the Dems. You catch these guys, and you can't even lean on a stupid judge to get a stiff sentence? Republicans are pathetic, weak. Why aren't they pressing for civil rights charges? Where are the demonstrators? Republicans are sick.

Dymphna said...

Ummm...Xiaoding...

I'm not sure I follow you here??

The Dems slash tires and that makes the Republicans look bad? The Republicans should have maybe thrown some bricks thru the Dem's campaign windows?

You know little about the Democrat-dominated politics of Milwaukee if you think these guys could be "leaned on." Read the story -- one fellow toughed it out and was acquitted. And later no doubt congratulated.

One clue bag -- I'm sewing it up right now.

Xiaoding said...

"The Dems slash tires and that makes the Republicans look bad? The Republicans should have maybe thrown some bricks thru the Dem's campaign windows?"

Yes, absolutely. Or rather, that they do SOMETHING. Anything! How about a civil rights lawsuit? How about a...GASP...DEMONSTRATION? some kind of protest? Instead, we get nothing at all. Gee, yeah, these are the strong leaders I want defending my country!

If you can't see how pathetic this makes the Republicans look, that vadals caught red-handed get a slap on the wrist, then another clue bag is needed, I submit. Why should anyone vote for these weak clowns? Why should anyone vote for a party that WON'T EVEN DEFEND ITSELF.