Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Thug of the Week - 02-07-2008
This weeks participant in the Thug of the Week Thug-a-thon is Andre Elliott. Andre has been a non player lately, but somehow he has landed back in the slammer, after assaulting a clerk at a service station, while being overly inebriated. This is not the first time Andre has assaulted someone. As is usually the case, this weeks player, has done this numerous times, only to be evaluated, then released back onto society. Andre has been arrested 171 different times and has been charged with 266 different charges, ranging from public drunk to robbery. He has also been charged with selling crack cocaine, carry a dangerous weapon, etc. He is currently in jail on a $100.00 bond and will probably walk back out the door tomorrow, if not sooner.
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As an aside, I think people might be interested to know that I was contacted, this week, by a judge who said he had been listening to Mike Fleming and me discuss this repeat offender issue. He said he was glad someone was speaking up, because a sitting judge cannot. This particular judge is a friend that I helped get elected because I knew he would make a good judge. I told him of my idea about the sentencing matrix, and he agreed - it is a great idea. The underlying concept is that after the first conviction on a misdemeanor charge (automatic probation), a person would have to receive a stronger punishment than they received the previous time. This would give a judge some leeway, but would require a progressive discipline. Hopefully, our local legislators will be paying attention to this blog and the radio show.
Posted by John Harvey at 2/06/2008 08:13:00 PM