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Third Strike “Reform” Costs Another Life

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 10:17 am

This goes on all the time, folks. All. The. Time. It just rarely gets publicized.

A third-strike defendant who was released from prison in 2013 under a California voter initiative–and over the objections of Orange County prosecutors–is accused of murder in Oklahoma, officials tell the Weekly.

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Orange County Superior Court Judge Robert Fitzgerald re-sentenced and released Beckman/Beckmann from prison on June 18, 2013, under Proposition 36, which revised California’s three strikes law to impose a life sentence only when the new felony conviction is “serious or violent.”

I don’t know the facts of the hearing at which the judge found this fellow was not a threat to the public, but I would not be too quick to pounce on the judge without knowing more. The voters demanded that dangerous people be released, whether they realized it or not.

Good on the O.C. Weekly for getting the word out. But guys? There are many, many, many more such stories.

Thanks to Ben S. for the tip.

17 Responses to “Third Strike “Reform” Costs Another Life”

  1. Ding.

    Patterico (84cca9)

  2. The wholesale release of felons currently underway is an excellent reason to buy a gun. I was looking into purchase of an AR-15 until the Paris events and they have suddenly gotten less available and more expensive,

    Mike K (90dfdc)

  3. The logic in this release program is unassailable. The chances that one of these murderers will kill a politician or judge are infinitesimal. Prosecuting attorneys, store clerks, witnesses, ex-spouses and the public at large will almost certainly be the victims in the fourth conviction. So what’s the problem?

    BobStewartatHome (a52abe)

  4. No comment on the planed parenthood shootings?

    whitley (3df7fc)

  5. Pogo nailed it a long time ago.

    Every vote for a Dhimmicrat, progressive, statist politician yields these results. The smartest, and first, deceit by these entities is to convince the public they are inoculated from responsibility because their votes come from a higher moral plane. They get the very same consideration in return. Besides, thinking is hard! Demanding and implementing disciplined standards, allowing for consequences for failure, as a good parent would, is UNFAAAAAAAIR!

    It’s abrogation across the board and it is the ruination of our republic.

    Ed from SFV (3400a5)

  6. 4.No comment on the planed parenthood shootings?

    We realize it is way beyond your mental and emotional capabilities but perhaps at least waiting until the episode is over to comment would be the intelligent thing to do.

    Rev. Barack Hussein Hoagie™ (f4eb27)

  7. You got an alibi, Perry?

    nk (dbc370)

  8. Between illegal aliens, “Syrian refugees,” Muslim terrorists and now California parolees, It is no wonder so many people carry these days.

    There are days when I go out with 4 full magazines with 230 gr hollow points. Between the Obama administration on the right coast and the Governor Moonbeam administration on the left coast it is getting to be a potentially target-rich environment.

    Only difference is I have to aim carefully to avoid innocent bystanders while the bad guys get to shoot indiscriminately.

    But it gives more excuses to go the range and experiment with different targets.

    Twenty-one feet used to seem like a long way away….

    WarEagle82 (44dbd0)

  9. 6.4.No comment on the planed parenthood shootings?

    I don’t know what happened but these are tweets from people watching CNN and/or local people:

    Witness: The shots came from the Chase Bank drive-thru.
    CNN: How close to Planned Parenthood.
    Witness: About 1/4 mile.
    According to local police, the shots started in the PP building complex. The bank is next door.

    On the other hand, the Denver Post has an interview with the brother of a person at the PP facility, who said his sister called him and told him there was shooting inside. At 2:43 PM CST (about 1 hour 25 min ago), KKTV reported the police are engaging the suspect in the PP facility.

    DRJ (15874d)

  10. An NPR reporter says there are also private doctor’s offices located in the PP facility.

    DRJ (15874d)

  11. Yes, the people voted for these terrible laws but they were lied to by the proponents and the politicians, who are uniformly progressive. The GOP or any conservatives are asleep at their desks or are simply tired of being voices crying in the wilderness. Then, when the crimes begin, the media scratches its collective head, wondering how in the world this could happen! Eventually people in totalitarian countries just get exhausted or they try to escape.

    I knew it was going to be bad when my neighbor, a police sergeant, bought his wife and teenage daughter each a small gun to carry.


    Patricia (5fc097)

  12. The wholesale release of felons currently underway is an excellent reason to buy a gun.

    Yes, well, in California, where they release violent felons willy-nilly, they are pretty particular about what kinds of guns you can have. That AR-15? NFW.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  13. Well, I wonder what they do with murderers in OK.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  14. The Colorado Springs situation may be ending.

    DRJ (15874d)

  15. Very good job by the local police, who patiently cleared the building and are now looking for people who were hiding and checking for suspicious devices. The suspect has surrendered.

    DRJ (15874d)

  16. Judge, tried for murder he should be! Negligent homicide at the least!

    Yoda (feee21)

  17. Yes, the people voted for these terrible laws but they were lied to by the proponents and the politicians, who are uniformly progressive.

    Those on the right should know better by now to not trust anyone in our state with a (D) after their name, and the ones on the left simply don’t give a damn.

    Bill H (2a858c)

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