5.23.2007

Politics and Criminal Justice

An illegal immigrant got a 15 year sentence yesterday from a judge in Tarrant County in an intoxication manslaughter case. This caught my eye: "The national events of the day, with border security, were brought home in this case," prosecutor Miles Brissette said "Had this defendant not been in this country illegally, the victim in this case would still be alive today, most likely." Just a guess, but Miles might get called into his boss's office today and told, "You might want to keep politics out of your statements to the press." (This was the exact same issue that caused the huge blow up between Bill O'Reilly and Geraldo Rivera a few weeks back.) The story also highlights the strange world of criminal justice sentencing in Texas. The range of punishment was 2 to 20 years. Didn't a white guy get a 3 1/2 year sentence in an Intoxication Manslaughter case a couple of weeks ago by a plea bargain after a jury had found him guilty?

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

If the illegals don't like our LAWS, they can leave! duh!

The Devil said...

I think he should go free, he is here illegally so our laws should not apply to him. I just can't believe the audacity of the prosecutors to even bring charges against this guy. They should have charged the person who died for getting this man in trouble while he was visiting our great country! I hope his relatives in Mexico file a cival suit against the deceased's family!

Anonymous said...

Another case for shutting down the borders.

Anonymous said...

If illegal wetbacks won't abide by our laws, let's pass new laws and maybe they will abide by them. Isn't the democratic house and senate a thing of beauty?

Anonymous said...

His illegal status has nothing to do with this case. He has just broken more than one law. So punish him fairly for each one. His punishment should be the same as the one before him and then he should be deported for being here illegally.
If they want to do something about all the people here ilegally they should make the punishment something more than being sent home so they can turn around and come right back. What a waste of resources. If you put them in jail for a year and they cant send their families money for a year and they cant just turn around and be back the next week then maybe they will be less likely to continue to come back. It doesnt have to be a year more less whatever but you get the point. I wouldnt take a toy from my children and the put it in the toybox for them to go right back to.

Anonymous said...

Hey, folks, let's deal with this on a case by case basis. This guy violated the law -do the time. Many other "illegals" have not committed crimes (other than immigration).

As for implying that the Democratic house and senate are to blame - PLEEEEASE! The Republicans controlled congress from 1994 to 2006 and the White House since 2000. And what did they do about illegal immigration?

Anonymous said...

According to the local police. Nothing can be "done" about rounding up illegals (even those they KNOW are here) until those illegals committ a crime. hmmmmmm...Isn't being here ILLEGALLY a crime? If not...what is it?