Monday, September 16, 2013

McHenry County style of justice

Mark Medina's stepfather has been arrested and charged with murder, according to the Chicago Tribune tonight. Medina was found dead of stab wounds on Saturday afternoon. Who called the police?

Read the Tribune article and also the article in the Northwest Herald about this outstanding family.

Medina was charged with first-degree murder in 1996, but the charge was reduced. Other records indicated he was sentenced to 15 years in Stateville Prison at Joliet.

The stepfather, Victor Lopez, 46, is cooling his heels in McHenry County Jail now. The cops knew him pretty well, too.

When do you suppose our prosecuting attorneys and the judges are going to stop plea-bargaining and start nailing some hides to the barnyard doors? I've heard it said that 95% of the people in prison were not found guilty at trial; they pled out their cases. Better to take five years than to risk 25.

If the charges are solid and the investigation was good, why not go for the 25? Hello? Think the prospect of 25 years in prison might deter others. Answer: it won't.

Just like the Administrative Tow ordinances don't keep people from driving drunk or driving without a license.

The Woodstock cops had their suspect in custody Saturday night, but they fiddled around with the news and didn't reveal the suspicion or arrest.

Woodstock needs to put up some billboards reading, "Criminals unwelcome. Get out, while the getting is good." And then make their lives so miserable that they move on.

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