Patterico's Pontifications

2/24/2004

LESSONS LEARNED

Filed under: Crime,Dog Trainer — Patterico @ 6:47 pm

What lesson does the Los Angeles Dog Trainer draw from the recent murder of LAPD Officer Ricardo Lizarraga? You can find out in an editorial titled Echo of Domestic Violence, which says:

Police describe suspect Kenrick Johnson, 32 arrested within hours after a massive manhunt as an active gang member on parole after a robbery conviction. Lizarraga’s slaying puts a spotlight on the horrifying availability of guns on the street, the shortage of supervision of parolees and the unacceptable restrictions all of this places on everyday life in South L.A. It also highlights a link between domestic and other acts of violence.

What about the need to sentence violent repeat offenders to lengthy prison sentences, so they won’t prey on innocent people? Doesn’t that seem like an obvious lesson — especially in light of the likelihood (discussed here the other day) that the suspected killer received relatively light prison sentences on more than one third-strike case in the past?

O.J. SIMPSON IGNORES COURT ORDER

Filed under: Crime — Patterico @ 6:18 am

You may recall that one O.J. Simpson owes two families named Goldman and Brown about $33 million, due to a little problem he had involving murdering two people. Well, on Saturday Simpson was signing autographs at $100 a pop (money well spent, fans!) and was immediately ordered by a court to turn the money over to the Goldmans and Browns. He has refused to do so.

Simpson told KTVI he was paid in advance in Florida and has no intention of sharing his money with the Goldmans or Browns.

“I said I was innocent,” he said. “I would do what the law says, but outside of that, I wouldn’t go out of my way to give them a dime.”

It all reminds me of what Simpson attorney Yale Galanter said, after Simpson had been ticketed for driving his boat in a protected manatee zone in Florida: “This guy just can’t catch a break.”


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