Patterico's Pontifications

8/10/2007

Deport The Criminals First (Guest Blogger Edition Vol. 2)

Filed under: Deport the Criminals First — Justin Levine @ 8:53 pm

[posted by Justin Levine]

A busy week for this topic. The problem cuts across all races and classes folks.

Check out who else managed to sneak in across our borders:

A 17-month search for a mysterious witness to a high-speed crash that left a $1-million Ferrari Enzo in pieces in Malibu has ended with the arrest of a 26-year-old Marina del Rey man.

Trevor Michael Karney was in custody today on misdemeanor charges of drunk driving, resisting arrest and giving false information to a police officer, along with a possible federal immigration violation, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.

Authorities said Karney is apparently the fictitious “Dietrich” who fled after the Feb. 21, 2006, crash that left the Ferrari — one of only 400 ever built — strewn in pieces over 1,200 feet of Pacific Coast Highway.

Investigators said he apparently hid out in Ireland before sneaking back into the U.S. through Mexico.

The article actually doesn’t specify what nationality this guy is. It implies that he might be from Ireland, but he could have American citizenship for all I know (even though he decided to sneak back in illegally). Regardless, this story still serves to illustrate the extent of the problem.

[posted by Justin Levine]

The Phil Spector Trial: Avenue of the Scars

Filed under: Crime,Current Events — Justin Levine @ 3:03 pm

[posted by Justin Levine] 

(Assuming you can’t watch the wall-to-wall coverage on television,) If you want the best radio coverage of the Phil Spector trial, tune in to Eric Leonard on KFI. But if you want the best print coverage of the trial, read Steven Mikulan over at the L.A. Weekly. He not only has a great grasp of the trial, but of the surrounding town and culture that envelops it.

Sample gems from Mikulan’s observations this week – 

The week’s most dubious highlight came when the defense played Lana Unleashed, Clarkson’s portfolio video designed to showcase her comedic talents. Prosecutors Alan Jackson and Pat Dixon begged Fidler to block the screening but the judge ignored their pleas. The video quickly made clear why Clarkson did not have her own Comedy Central show. Her self-written sketches, intended to demonstrate Clarkson’s range of characterizations and dialects, appeared desperately unfunny on the courtroom screen. She was dying up there — all over again.

It also became obvious why Spector’s lawyers fought to have the video shown. In one segment Clarkson performs a black-face impersonation of singer Little Richard selling a line of African-American cosmetics on TV. The sketch was nothing more than a coon show and seemed to drag on for hours as reporters kept an eye on the jury’s three black members, who watched with frozen expressions. (“Little Richard’s” cosmetic kit — called “Makeup Kit for Dummies” — included minibar bottles of liquor and plastic pieces of a black man’s face.)

Getting Lana Unleashed shown in open court was a stroke of sadistic genius on the part of attorney Roger Rosen, who, after winning Fidler’s approval to play the video, smiled that satisfied Rosen smile we’ve all come to know, as though he’d just dropped the dime on Anne Frank. Reviews of Rosen’s gambit, though, were mixed — Clarkson’s sister Fawn wept through the entire viewing.

Again and again one is struck by the level of self-delusion and manic optimism expressed about Hollywood and life in general — not only by Clarkson but by everyone in her world. The belief of Clarkson’s friends and associates, articulated in three and a half months of testimony, is a thoroughly Southern California credo that equates talent with self-esteem, eating right, exercising and becoming spiritual.

Read the whole thing.

[posted by Justin Levine]

Deport the Criminals First — Part Fourteen of an Ongoing Series: Illegal Alien Stands Accused of Killing Three People While Out on Bail Instead of Being Held on Immigration Violations

Filed under: Crime,Deport the Criminals First,Immigration — Patterico @ 10:40 am

[“Deport the Criminals First” is a recurring feature on this blog, highlighting crimes committed by illegal immigrants — with a special focus on repeat offenders. I argue that, instead of arresting illegal immigrants who work hard for a living, we should use our limited immigration enforcement resources to target illegal immigrants who commit crimes in this country.]

Via Allah comes news of another depressing entry in the series:

A Peruvian national in the U.S. illegally and who was previously charged with raping a 5-year-old girl pleaded not guilty Friday in the execution-style slayings of three young college students, a day after he surrendered to the Newark mayor.

. . . .

Immigration officials apparently were aware of Carranza’s illegal status since his prior arrests, according to Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura.

And what did they do? Allowed him to go free on bail:

According to court records obtained by The Star-Ledger of Newark, Carranza was indicted twice this year in April on aggravated assault and weapons charges and in July on 31 counts including aggravated sexual assault of a child younger than 13. He was free on bail on the indictments.

And wasn’t being kept in custody on an immigration hold??

The government had the power and duty to hold him in custody if he was here illegally. According to reports, a fourth victim survived and helped identify him. Fingerprints also tie him to the scene. If he is indeed one of the killers, a failure on the part of our federal immigration officials may well have cost three people their lives.

When will it stop??


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