The Campaign For DA

7.13.2016

Your No-Big-Government-State-Rights-Loving Politicians Are Grandstanding Again


Current law in Texas: The killer of a police officer in the line of duty may be prosecuted by your local DA who may seek the death penalty in your state funded district court in your county seat presided over by a locally elected judge with county residents serving as jurors. Any appeal goes to state elected judges and then, and only then, to the federal courts.

The proposal: Make the killing of any police officer (heck, they are all "federally-funded" in some way) a federal crime to be tried by an appointed federal prosecutor in front of a life-time appointed judge in a federal courthouse in the metroplex with jurors coming from any county within the federal district. Appeals would go directly to the federal courts bypassing any state courts.

So . . .  what is the purpose of this proposed law?

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well, at least he's not coming to town for Brent's funeral.

But this would most likely mean fewer death sentences for cops. A detached AUSA would be more likely to offer a deal than a prosecutor in a county where the victim's brother is the DA a county or two away...

Anonymous said...

The purpose of this proposed law is to supposedly make people feel better after the Dallas BLM shooting by giving police yet more exclusive protection from their own actions and drag any incident into federal court which is what Obama wants too -- more centralization of police authority. Then again, I'm just a US citizen, so what do I know?

Anonymous said...

I'm also confused about the benefits of federalizing this crime.

Whenever a police officer is killed federal law enforcement is always willing to assist if requested and the crime receives top priority by the local prosecutors.

Anonymous said...

To prosecute Cop Killers in Federal Court to get the Death Penalty!

DF Trick Question

Anonymous said...

Good point counselor. We have the state laws necessary to drop the hammer on offenders. No need for Federal over-reach. Seems driven more by politics than legal need.

DF Justice John Marshall

Anonymous said...

Democrats want to abolish the death penalty. Better leave it local while you can.

Anonymous said...

Yee haw!! Barry we Texans love our freedoms and individual liberties sprinkled with small government Just don't be gambling, smoking a joint, questioning the police, flying the flag incorrectly or otherwise breaking any of the 23,000 pages of federal + state laws!!! Yeeeeeeehawwwww. Gawd bless Texas

Anonymous said...

You know a tough-on-crime law is worthless when even the folks on this blog don't support it.

Anonymous said...

Killing a police officer is federally funded? Now there's the law that needs to be changed. Yesterday, Obammy said that we are flooding neighborhoods with guns. I guess he was referring to his program of Fast and Furious. And also it's easier to get a gun that it is a book. We need to loosen the background checks on buying books.

whisky O said...

Anyone see the resurection of the klan in all this posturing? If that plays out this summer and the powers that be play hard ball.
Read em and weep, 3rd term.
Oh I'm not the grassy knoll, Y2K or that 2012 Nostradomas nut!