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Courtroom action with CeaseFirePA
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So yesterday I did some courtroom sitting with CeaseFirePA.

The premise is simple: Some Philly judges hardly give any time or just immediate parole when someone is found guilty of PUFA charges. It happens to such a degree that it poses no deterrent to gun crime.

In a way, PA CeaseFire is showing everyone that laws on our books are laxly enforced. Marijuana possession gets more attention from LEOs in many cases than gun charges. I see the arraignments in my own district. I get them in email alerts not long after the court clerks file them.

Gun owners main point all the time is that adding more gun restrictions won't have any affect on crime because the justice system isn't using tools that are already available. This is where there is common ground between gun owners an CeaseFirePA. We don't need "gun court". We need PUFA violators to do some serious time. If criminals know that gun possession dramatically boosts your time in jail, they'll switch to knives or knuckles.

It's amazing how judges sober up when the gallery is packed. So here's some cases I saw go down;

On defendant, a black female, was present for sentencing for killing a dog. She shot her neighbors dog while it was in a fight. Two pit bulls. Judge asks the typical competency questions. In this case he gave her a suspended sentence and went well out of his way to put her on house arrest since she had been couped up all summer in jail. One fuck up and the sentence is enforced and she will be back in CFCF for as long as 20 months. Judge repeats multiple times to her to makes her understand she's lucky. Normally for a house arrest sentencing hearing you go back to jail and wait for four months to get the GPS equipment when it's your turn. He put her on parole for one day and then will put her back to probation as a workaround to eliminate the wait.

Next defendant had PUFA charges when he was caught tossing a gun under a parked car. 12 months.

After that was an interesting case. Defendant, a black male, who had last been busy with arrests in the early 90s and is now 50 years old was stopped in a van with 3 other males. Defendant did not cooperate with police and was belligerent. He had a Taurus lightweight revolver on him. He told the judge he had been a victim of crime in the past and kept it as protection. Judge sympathized and then he stopped to ask who was in the gallery.

9 family members including a woman who came to court in a stunning outfit and identified herself as his lady friend appeared. Judge went through all their relationships with defendant.

After that he turned to CeaseFirePA and asked us who we were. That's when his demeanor changed remarkably. The ADA explained we were present and took the time out of our day to show up for sentencing.

He looked through the court report and found fault with his remorse. The defendant said he threw himself upon the mercy of the court.

Judge imposed a 10 year sentence with 36 months eligible for probation with minimum 6 years and ordered he be the judge responsible for his parole so if defendant messed up he could impose the full 10 years. This was a shocker, normally he would have gotten 12 months and eligible for parole earlier.

The family and friends,a total of 9 people all filed out without protest.

The next case which was one CeaseFire was the most interested in, Jerome Hill's brother, was continued.
http://mobile.philly.com/news/?wss=/phil...=164533486


The brother is just as bad as the other one. Still a minor and has absolutely no respect for the law whatsoever along with an extensive arrest record.


After court I reminded the ADA for Hill's case and the organizer with CeaseFire that it will wake the court up if a list of the "5 Most Dangerous Common Pleas Judges" are published. I can make sure that the list gets widespread publication in the City. The criteria is easy: crappy sentences for serial reoffenders.

I would like to see local politicians and the Democratic City Committee who back some of these judges try to fight me and neighbors over the judges who make it on this list.

Judicial retention elections are coming up soon. It will make headlines if a number of these judges are booted off the bench for letting the revolving door spin so fast.
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#2
Hats off to you for taking action against our fucking corrupt judicial system.
stimrob, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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#3
I can tell you that courtroom sitting is tremendously powerful. Defense attorneys have been glib with remarks like "don't you people have anything better to do with your time?"

That's a huge indicator that this works. When judges remark about the attendance at sentencing it puts pressure on defense attorneys. And I would suspect that some private defenders will probably also organize when the people try to throw some of the worst judges off the bench.
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I got a Federal case to sit in on in January. Robert N Coyle Sr is the biggest slumlord of Kensington. Used loans obtained through falsification of data to acquire hundreds of homes, put poor tenants inside didn't screen tenants and also didn't take care of the properties

http://archives.citypaper.net/articles/2...bert-coyle


Pled guilty to two counts of loan fraud up in the millions. He's responsible for destroying as many as 50 blocks by imposing blight that will take decades to reverse. The City failed miserably at doing anything to combat him when he was active. His actions also contributed to an increase in crime, including gun crime.

I intend to organize a whole bus of people to go down for his sentencing. He needs to do some jail time His son still has an office here 2 blocks from my house. I want these people out of my neighborhood forever. They need to stay in Jersey where they belong.

There is nothing I hate more than outsiders who are property investors here who don't take care of their shit property.
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ArcticSplash;42118 Wrote:After that was an interesting case. Defendant, a black male, who had last been busy with arrests in the early 90s and is now 50 years old was stopped in a van with 3 other males. Defendant did not cooperate with police and was belligerent. He had a Taurus lightweight revolver on him. He told the judge he had been a victim of crime in the past and kept it as protection. Judge sympathized and then he stopped to ask who was in the gallery.

9 family members including a woman who came to court in a stunning outfit and identified herself as his lady friend appeared. Judge went through all their relationships with defendant.

After that he turned to CeaseFirePA and asked us who we were. That's when his demeanor changed remarkably. The ADA explained we were present and took the time out of our day to show up for sentencing.

He looked through the court report and found fault with his remorse. The defendant said he threw himself upon the mercy of the court.

Judge imposed a 10 year sentence with 36 months eligible for probation with minimum 6 years and ordered he be the judge responsible for his parole so if defendant messed up he could impose the full 10 years. This was a shocker, normally he would have gotten 12 months and eligible for parole earlier.

The family and friends,a total of 9 people all filed out without protest.

I am curious what the gun crime here is, as you did not say, unless the judge gave him 10 years for being uncooperative with police.
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acosenza2;42172 Wrote:
ArcticSplash;42118 Wrote:Defendant, a black male, who had last been busy with arrests in the early 90s and is now 50 years old was stopped in a van with 3 other males. He had a Taurus lightweight revolver on him.

I am curious what the gun crime here is, as you did not say, unless the judge gave him 10 years for being uncooperative with police.

I'm guessing illegal possession of a firearm, though we don't know what those prior arrests were for.
stimrob, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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stimrob;42174 Wrote:
acosenza2;42172 Wrote:I am curious what the gun crime here is, as you did not say, unless the judge gave him 10 years for being uncooperative with police.

I'm guessing illegal possession of a firearm, though we don't know what those prior arrests were for.


His priors are mostly PWID (possession [narcotics] with intent to distribute).
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#8
Update:

Did another session this morning for defendant Mario Lewis. Here's the case in Common Pleas:
http://ujsportal.pacourts.us/DocketSheet...14579-2011

Lewis has made his 3rd round with VUFA. (Violating the Uniform Firearms Act).

Also multiple PWID (possession with intent to distribute/deliver... aka drug dealing). He also has VOP (violation of probation/parole).


His rap sheet stretches back to 1991. The ADA scored his likelihood to re-offend index at a maximum score and had to repeat this to the judge over and over after every time the defense attorney rose to speak.


In this case, there was two daughters and a wife present. None would speak to the judge when the opportunity was presented to them. The ADA then introduced CeaseFirePA and we all stood up, but I think because the family elected not to speak, the judge would not let us speak either and then explained it away with "I've reviewed all the facts, I'm aware that you guys are here because of gun violence" etc.

After that, for all charges on this case the judge assigned an array of 3.5 minimum plus 3 probation, but all charges run concurrent together at the same time.

If we weren't there, this dude could have gotten 20 months with credit for time served and be out a lot sooner.



The defense counsel also directly objected to my specific presence in the courtroom because I live in a different police district as the defendant. But the judge reiterated that he understood that I was present in the courtroom because of VUFA and to observe sentencing, so the objection was declared moot and only noted in the transcript.

The defense attorney looked terribly frustrated during the whole thing, particularly after I was called and stood up... he didn't know we were in the room monitoring the sentencing.
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ArcticSplash;42132 Wrote:... There is nothing I hate more than outsiders who are property investors here who don't take care of their shit property.

Welcome to Reading.
John Fritz, recovering Statist
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