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Title: Boston Judge refused to dismiss charges against Antifa, jailed lawyer who argued with him
Source: HotAir
URL Source: https://hotair.com/archives/john-s- ... s-antifa-jailed-lawyer-argued/
Published: Sep 6, 2019
Author: John Sexton
Post Date: 2019-09-06 17:18:53 by Tooconservative
Keywords: None
Views: 82
Comments: 7

Saturday, 36 people were arrested in connection with Boston’s “straight-pride parade.” Only two of those people were part of the parade itself. The rest were part of the Antifa counter-protest. As you can see in this arrest log, about half of the people arrested had serious charges against them including assault against police officers. Four officers were injured Saturday and, as of Wednesday, had not returned to duty. The other half were arrested for disorderly conduct and/or resisting arrest, i.e. relatively minor charges.

Tuesday, half of the arrestees were brought before Boston Judge Richard Sinnott. DA Rachel Rollins asked Sinnott to drop charges against 9 people who were arrested Saturday on lesser charges, i.e. resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Rollins, who is considered a progressive DA, has a standing commitment not to prosecute a list of 15 crimes which include disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. She wanted these counter-protesters to walk.

But Judge Sinnott only agreed to drop charges against two of the nine. That’s very unusual because a judge generally doesn’t decide who will get prosecuted. Tuesday evening DA Rollins published a statement on Facebook criticizing Judge Sinnott’s refusal to dismiss the cases:
By compelling arraignment in every case, the judge punished the exercise of individuals’ First Amendment right to protest. At my request, prosecutors used the discretion constitutionally allocated to the executive branch to triage cases and use our resources most effectively to protect public safety. Make no mistake: some people were appropriately arraigned and will be held accountable for actions that put the safety of the public and law enforcement at risk. For those people now tangled in the criminal justice system for exercising their right to free speech—many of whom had no prior criminal record—I will use the legal process to remedy the judge’s overstepping of his role.

A defense attorney named Susan Church who was representing some of the defendants tweeted her own reaction to Judge Sinnott’s refusal to dismiss: “The Judge has zero authority to do that. Zilch. A severe overstep. Although the court can deny a dismissal arguably (very thin argument) they cannot for a nol prosse. Trumps’ screw the law attitude seeping down to district court judges I see.” Church, who previously represented Occupy Boston, tried to argue this same point with the judge in person and wound up in handcuffs:
“All I was trying to do was read the law to the court,” Church said. “And I was summarily arrested, handcuffed, brought down to the holding cell, held there for hours … simply for doing my job and advocating for my client.”…

Sinnott, who declined requests from prosecutors to dismiss some of the cases the day before, pushed back against Church when she spoke out about statutes regarding case dismissals.

“This is the only warning you’re going to get. Do not try to talk over me, do not try to turn this into theater,” Sinnott said before ordering Church to be held in contempt.

Here’s Church discussing what happened after she was released:
Attorney Susan Church addresses the media after Judge Richard Sinnott releases her. Sinnott held her in contempt earlier today. pic.twitter.com/PXu9VRYK9B

— Stefan Geller (@StefanGeller) September 4, 2019

So the progressive DA, the ACLU, and the progressive defense attorney are all unhappy with Judge Sinnott. The Massachusetts Association of Defense Attorneys has called for an investigation of the judge and DA Rollins has asked the state’s Supreme Court to overrule him. Based on what I’m reading, that seems likely to happen.

Finally, I have to point out that when writing about this story, a Boston Globe columnist managed to include this idiotic defense of Antifa:
Perhaps Sinnott has a bee in his bonnet about these particular demonstrators, whom the right derisively calls “Antifa” — it is meant as a disparagement, because being antifascist is apparently a bad thing now. The judge, who comes from a family with a background in law enforcement, is certainly sympathetic to police officers, who have been accused of being too rough with those they arrested on Saturday.

It never ceases to amaze me that left-leaning journos support a group whose stated mission is political violence carried out behind masks to escape accountability. It’s not like any of this is a secret. Just a few days ago the Boston Herald quoted an Antifa member who said, “We’re covered in black so when we attack these guys we can’t be prosecuted.” So even when, as in this case, these goons are attacking and injuring the city’s police, there are still numbskulls like this Globe columnist or CNN’s Don Lemon who are eager to defend them.

And speaking of the police, the Police union was the only group who seemed happy with Judge Sinnott’s stand against giving Antifa a pass:

Poster Comment:

A real hanging judge in Boston, sick of Antifa's antics. It won't last but it's fun to watch. And don't try reading the law to the judge if he's already hostile you.

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#1. To: All (#0) (Edited)

Our square-jawed hero. He does look annoyed.

Tooconservative  posted on  2019-09-06   17:20:02 ET  (1 image) Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#2. To: Tooconservative (#1)

This new cop hating, Black Lies Matters loving inner city Jungle cunt... DA, must be a hero to Dicktard.

GrandIsland  posted on  2019-09-06   18:26:36 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#3. To: GrandIsland (#2)

I like the judge too. He looks downright petulant.

Maybe he'll have some more fun tricks up his sleeve.

It's so cute when people from Boston get all miffed.

Tooconservative  posted on  2019-09-06   21:14:08 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#4. To: GrandIsland (#2)

must be a hero to Dicktard.

Sod off you bloody wanker.

Government is in the last resort the employment of armed men, of policemen, gendarmes, soldiers, prison guards, and hangmen.
The essential feature of government is the enforcement of its decrees by beating, killing, and imprisoning.
Those who are asking for more government interference are asking ultimately for more compulsion and less freedom.

Deckard  posted on  2019-09-06   23:40:53 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#5. To: Deckard (#4) (Edited)

Oh, please, drama queen. This is no better than jury nullification (which you pop a chub over) when anyone in the criminal justice system feel they should singly have the self importance to absolve a defendant of a criminal charge, because they don’t agree with a law or feel a segment of a population is exempt from a law.

A pothead, Smollet, these sexually deviant assholes can and ALL FUCK OFF, and rot in prison.

GrandIsland  posted on  2019-09-07   7:46:00 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#6. To: GrandIsland (#5) (Edited)

I do actually like what this judge did but I don't think he can make it stick.

I'm an even bigger fan of when a judge refuses to sign off on a lenient phony plea deal and insists that the prosecutor takes it to trial so the perp has to face an angry jury. It's notable because it happens so rarely.

I don't like plea deals in general but the ones where the prosecutor allows a clearly guilty perp just skate really piss me off. That Smollett mess in Chicago is a perfect example. I hope Kim Foxx (the D.A.) goes to prison. And that they re-open the federal case against Smollett as well. Tens of thousands of unsolved murders on the books, not even detectives to solve more than a fraction of them, and Smollett makes them waste weeks on his fake hate crime because he's a celeb and because he thinks it will help him land a bigger contract with his cable show. He should do at least a few years in a real prison for that. If I were the judge, he'd do at least 5 years before any chance at parole.

Sod off you bloody wanker.

You really made Deckard mad. He's even using his fake British dialect.

Tooconservative  posted on  2019-09-07   8:29:41 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#7. To: All, GrandIsland, misterwhite, Gatlin, Deckard (#0)

I didn't realize there was a lot more to this story until I found AoS's article from 2 days before this HotAir article.

It turns out that there were two hanging judges against the D.A.'s and Antifa.

These were Soros-funded communist prosecutors, in place to let Antifa thugs off the hook.

I think Ace got it right and HotAir blew it:

Antifa-Friendly DA's Conspire to Let Antifa Thugs Off With No Charges, But Judges Refuse and Order Them to Prepare for Trial
—Ace of Spades

Honestly, I've never heard of a judge telling a prosecutor "You have to prosecute this."

This is what it's come to -- District Attorneys are now essentially Antifa themselves, and judges have to overrule their decisions that lily-white upper middle class Antifa thugs shouldn't have their records so much as blemished.

Activists hoping to be let off with a slap on the wrist after being arrested for disrupting last weekend's Straight Pride Parade have run into resistance from Boston judges.

Two Boston Municipal Court judges refused to throw out the charges against the 18 defendants who appeared Tuesday in court, frustrating defense attorneys and prosecutors who sought to have minor charges dismissed, as reported by local news outlets.


Boston police arrested 36 people Saturday on charges ranging from disorderly conduct to assault and battery on a police officer after more than 1,000 counter-protesters, including bands of antifa activists, descended on the Straight Pride Parade, which drew an estimated 200 participants.

In a separate courtroom, Judge Richard Sinnott turned down motions by prosecutors to have low-level charges dismissed against defendants with no criminal record in exchange for community service.

The decision drew the ire of Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins, who accused him of punishing protesters for exercising their First Amendment rights.

Beating peaceable civilians is now "exercising First Amendment rights"?

You better watch yourself, honey-bunch-- because I just might start to believe you.

The "protesters" were also told "Stay out of Boston" until their pre-trial hearing.

Of course, the little sissies whined about this.

Three of the 18 anti-Straight Pride Parade protesters being arraigned Tuesday were ordered to "stay out of Boston" by a judge who said he wouldn’t even allow one of them to visit relatives in Jamaica Plain.

All three were accused of assault and battery on police at Saturday’s downtown parade, with two of them also arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on disorderly and resisting arrest charges. Others also arraigned Tuesday were told to stay out of downtown. A total of 36 were arrested and must report to court this week.

Judge Thomas Horgan said the three risked being put in jail for 90 days if they didn't follow his instructions. "Stay out of Boston," Horgan repeated when the attorney for one of the men asked that his client only be forbidden from downtown Boston so he could visit relatives in Jamaica Plain.

"They're going to have to go visit him, then," Horgan said.


By the way: You may be wondering, is Rachel Rollins one of the DA's leftwing Blofeld George Soros bankrolled?

It's unclear to me -- I can't find an article that says definitively that she was bankrolled by Soros.

But there are a ton of articles which specifically mention her when talking about DA's who were bankrolled by Soros:

Others are proposing more aggressive measures. Rachael Rollins in Boston, who has no Republican challenger in November, released a list of low-level crimes, such as disturbing the peace, that she would decline to prosecute altogether.

The push to overhaul prosecutors' offices was pioneered by the billionaire George Soros, who in recent years has backed more than 20 candidates, including Larry Krasner in Philadelphia, vowing to upend the way prosecutors have traditionally approached their jobs.

The Washington Post joins the New York Times in linking her to Soros' effort to create a communist bloc of district attorneys:

"I believe there are certain things we're just going to reject,” Rollins said in an interview before the primary. “I think there are certain charges that I don't want to prosecute any longer. Those are overwhelmingly the charges that fall on the mentally ill and those with substance abuse disorder."

Rollins, who spent just $230,000 on her campaign, is the latest in a string of reform-minded candidates who will be district attorneys in deep-blue cities — places that, for years, elected Democrats who ran on “law and order” platforms. The effort to elect them, which began before the 2016 election but has accelerated, has succeeded in Chicago, Philadelphia and St. Louis and failed in some other blue cities. But it's created a blueprint for electing reformist prosecutors and for shaping their agendas.

The first victory in the campaign came in early 2016, when George Soros plunked $300,000 into a PAC created to elect Kim Foxx as the state's attorney of Cook County, Ill. Foxx won the Democratic primary, tantamount to election in the deep-blue county, proving that the investments in races that sometimes attracted little money or attention could work.

In 2017, a larger coalition came together behind Larry Krasner, a defense attorney running in Philadelphia after suing the city's police force 75 times. He won the Democratic primary, then the general election, despite being opposed by the city's police union and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

I'm awaiting word from the Bulwark about whether it's still "antisemitic" to note that George Soros is a multibillionare socialist with an agenda of subverting our nation.

Tooconservative  posted on  2019-09-07   19:50:59 ET  (1 image) Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

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