Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Seth Op-Ed in the Inquirer

I am not sure how I missed this op-ed by Seth Williams in the Inquirer. Luckily, it was caught by Chris, at Rowhouse Logic.

A quote:
The current district attorney has been too busy chasing Philadelphia residents who insure their cars in Wildwood to prosecute a single gun trafficker in state court, something her office has never done. No D.A.s are currently assigned to investigate and prosecute illegal gun dealers.

In 1995, the state legislature passed a law that allows prosecutors to charge "straw" purchasers as accomplices to crimes committed with the gun they illegally sold. The Philadelphia D.A.'s Office has never prosecuted a defendant under this law.

It is the felon whose gun case is discharged today who becomes tomorrow's murderer. It's unlikely that prosecuting insurance fraud instead of illegal gun dealers has prevented one murder this year.

As the next district attorney I'll prioritize the resources of the office to better reflect the communities' concerns and the realities of today's world. As a result, Philadelphians will feel safer - for themselves, for their children, and in their neighborhoods.
Seven days...

5 Comments:

At 1:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"......in the four months that Gun Court has been in operation, more than 1,000 illegal guns have been taken off the street. That means 1,000 guns that will not be used to commit the next armed robbery or the next shooting of an innocent child caught in the cross fire of warring drug gangs. One thousand fewer guns means that those guns will not find their way into the hands of a child who might injure himself or kill a playmate...." Lynne Abraham, Philadelphia Inciter, Tuesday




I think Seth Williams appears weak on crime, personally. He complains essentially that DA Abraham is wasting the cities resources by investigating and prosecuting insurance fraud cases, check.

He also says he wouldn't seek the death penalty as much as Abraham. check.

There are many new things Abraham has done with the DA office, including new departments. The last thing Philadelphia needs is a DA with an image of being soft toward criminals. Philadelphia is safer and getting safer because of Abraham, her reforms, and her progressive attitude.

I can't remember the last time I had someone chase me down South Street trying to sell dope to me.

 
At 11:10 AM, Blogger ACM said...

ah, another ranting Anonymous...

I found this rather damning:
In 1995, the state legislature passed a law that allows prosecutors to charge "straw" purchasers as accomplices to crimes committed with the gun they illegally sold. The Philadelphia D.A.'s Office has never prosecuted a defendant under this law.


to have a tool like that and never follow up on it seems downright immoral.

as for the "new departments" that our troll mentions, it should be noted that the only vertically oriented department is the one that Williams used to head. hmmm.

also, a homicide cop that worked with him thought he was greatL
"He was well-prepared. He was victim-oriented. He had good rapport with cops. He had a command presence," said Chitwood.


doesn't sound like somebody unconcerned with getting justice.
just to balance the record a bit.

 
At 1:05 PM, Blogger DanielUA said...

ACM, and others, as you can see, I turned off anonymous comments, at least for now. Especially with increased traffic, etc, I dont want to deal with the anonymous trolls that come by.

 
At 4:12 PM, Blogger young_philadelphian said...

-1000 guns off the streets in Philadelphia over the last four months.

 
At 4:20 PM, Blogger DanielUA said...

Oh come on- which guns?- she has not gun after a single straw dealer. As great as it is for people to be turning in guns they havent used for 15 years, maybe we should be going after those that flood our streets, as is allowed by PA law, but not used by the DA.

Anyway, "young_philadelphian," I am glad you changed your name from anonymous.

 

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