Patterico's Pontifications

7/13/2007

Deport the Criminals First: 12-Year-Old Zina Linnik Pays for Your Government’s Failure to Deport Criminals with Her Life

Filed under: Crime,Deport the Criminals First,General,Immigration — Patterico @ 4:56 pm

A man who should have been deported in 1990 for a sex offense — but was not — may be responsible for the murder of a 12-year-old girl in Tacoma, Washington, police say.

Police said Friday that they “expect” a 42-year-old convicted sex offender from Thailand will be charged in the murder of 12-year-old Zina Linnik, who police believe was kidnapped July 4 while watching a fireworks display.

Terapon Adhahn, who was convicted of incest in 1990, provided information that led to the discovery of the girl’s body while being held for questioning, Tacoma Police Chief Don Ramsdell said.

It’s clear that Adhahn should have been deported:

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said Adhahn’s 1990 conviction of first-degree incest is the basis for his detention, which should have led to the man’s deportation.

The fact that it did not is no aberration, as I have noted on this site many times.

So what were immigration officials doing that was so important that they couldn’t get around to ridding the country of this deportable sex offender?

Tell it to the parents of Zina Linnik.

Michelle Malkin thinks it’s about time we did something.

Damn right.

I want this story discussed on every Sunday talk show. I want to see it on Bill O’Reilly.

I want the anti-enforcement crowd in Congress to have this story shoved in their face until they agree to allocate more resources to deporting illegal criminals. I want ICE officials called to Congress to explain why they are not placing deportation of criminals at the top of their priority list. I want every mayor of a sanctuary city to tell us how many more 12-year-old girls are going to have to die before we end these insane policies tying the hands of local law enforcement.

Washington will listen only if you speak out. Will you?

UPDATE: ICE has now clarified that he became deportable only in 1992. 1992 was still before 2007, though — so if he had been deported, Zina Linnik still might be alive.

Patterico: Shamelessly Giving the People What They Want; Lee Baca: Shamelessly Doing the Same for Celebrities

Filed under: Crime,Dog Trainer,General — Patterico @ 6:16 am

Lee Baca’s reign of deference to celebrities continues:

Los Angeles County jail officials vowed to treat Paris Hilton like any other inmate.

But the Sheriff’s Department on Thursday launched an internal investigation into whether the hotel heiress got special perks while at the Century Regional Detention Center in Lynwood.

The department union, which has repeatedly clashed with Sheriff Lee Baca, said deputies have come forward to complain that Hilton had free access to a cellphone while other prisoners must wait in line to use pay phones during set hours.

Hilton also received daily visits from top brass at the Lynwood facility — including a captain who hand-delivered her mail — in contrast to others who get letters brought to them by inmate trusties, they said.

And officials were allegedly ordered to give her a new jail uniform while many inmates use recycled ones.

Two sheriff’s officials — who spoke on condition of anonymity — confirmed those details of her incarceration.

I call for interviews to be done with every person who has ever been incarcerated in L.A. County Jail to determine the rate of usage of new uniforms.

Anything else would be irresponsible.

L.A. Times Publishes Skewed Article on Prosecutorial Misconduct

Filed under: Crime,General — Patterico @ 12:03 am

Henry Weinstein has an article in yesterday’s Dog Trainer titled Lawyers clash over prosecutorial misconduct. The deck headline reads: “Some tell a state panel that occurrences are common but discipline is rare. Others say current rules guard against excesses.”

This article is skewed to the defense point of view, with misleading claptrap from beginning to end.

In other words, classic Henry Weinstein.

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