"He likes to back the police officers - he's that kind of guy." Yes, Gerry Leone is that kind of guy. He's a good prosecutor and a good man. I notice that the Herald's piece this morning omitted Pring-Wilson from the list of cases DA Leone has on his plate.
I believe this man is a candidate for state-mandated castration. But I'd give him the option of life in prison without parole, because I'm not without compassion. Note a key point I'd missed earlier about David A. Johnson, who tried to kidnap a 10-year-old boy this past weekend:
In court, the prosecutor said that Johnson was convicted in East Boston
Municipal Court in 2002 for lewd and lascivious behavior and indecent
exposure after he exposed himself to some children.
Now can we please do something about the vagrants hanging around the Back Bay? Not all the problems they create are quite that serious, but they all create problems. There are some good ideas here, in Las Vegas.
I simply don't believe Carol Rose when she says the ACLU is asking people to report on MBTA searches in order to "see how this policy is being implemented and to see if it’s leading to an unconstitutional infringement on people’s rights." The ACLU was opposed to the searches during the DNC and they're opposed to them now. Clearly, they want stories so they can find plaintiffs. Why not just come out and say it?
I know the ACLU is not the all-bad, America-destroying, pro-crime group that some on the Right make it out to be. But when I hear of them criticizing police for such a reasonable and simple response to sex offenders, it cements my immense distaste for the organization.
The Brookline Police solution to the problem is subtler than mine. We should tattoo "Child rapist" on his forehead. Either that or just shoot him.
I saw an odd and, I think, misleading article in the Boston Herald Sunday with the headline, "Attorneys: Leave police work to cops." Well, you can't argue with the imperative, but who are these attorneys and who are they warning? It seems O'Ryan Johnson was writing about the complexity of online sex stings aimed at child sexual predators, some of which have become pretty high profile recently. (Is it MSNBC that's running the undercover scenarios and showing the busted perverts as they show up at the "victim's" house?)
Don't know how I missed this yesterday, but a U.S. Court of Appeals, the D.C. Circuit, ruled that dying patients have a right to access drugs in the FDA approval process, but not yet approved. It is a victory for anyone who thinks bureaucracy wastes. Here, at least, it may have less chance to waste lives. I have not read the opinions, but am struck by a quote from the dissent that was selected for the Washington Post article:
"The majority's approach injects courts into unknown questions of science and medicine[.]"
Seems to me the decision removes more harmful branches of government: the Congress, the President, and the Bureaucracy. (Yes, it is a branch. Trust me. I've seen it.)