Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Bill Ritter Is No Jack McCoy
Colorado holds a special place in my heart in that its one of the many places I can call home. It is also on my top three places I would like to call home again. The air (outside of Denver) is clear and the mountains are spectacular. What can I say, I like elevation.
This year, like every other state, Colorado is having an election. Two men are pitted in a really tight race for the Governor’s Mansion. Bill Ritter, a democrat and former Denver district attorney is running against GOP Congressman Bob Beauprez.
I’ve stated here before that I am no lawyer. I do, however, know the job of a district attorney – that being to prosecute criminals and put them in jail. It really is that simple. Everything I know about District Attorneys I’ve learned from the NBC long running drama Law & Order. There the Assistant District Attorney is the unflappable Jack McCoy played by Sam Watterson.
McCoy is the consummate legal pit bull. He doesn’t pull any punches. He enforces the law and does his best – and sometimes too much – to see justice done. Sometimes he offers the criminals a plea bargain to spare both parties the time and expense of a trial. Sometimes the deals are taken. Often they are not. Usually Jack McCoy is the one smiling at the end of the day.
Well, dear reader, Denver’s own Bill Ritter is no Jack McCoy. It seems that he, or more likely someone in his office, has a soft squishy spot for illegal immigrants. These illegals came to Ritter’s DA office the same way everybody else does. They committed a crime. In at least 152 cases, these crimes were felonies the likes of which usually gets the illegal alien deported – after they’ve served jail time.
Side note: If Americans commits a felony in a foreign country, deportation is the least of their concerns. Third world jails make Sing Sing look like Club-Med.
Bill Ritter’s District Attorney’s office did not prosecute these 152 (and growing) felony cases. Instead, these criminals were plea-bargained down to the lesser charge of “agricultural land trespassing”. This offense is also a felony, however its not one that requires jail time or subsequent deportation.
If you’re scratching your head wondering just how much agricultural land there is to trespass upon in the Denver city limits, you’re not alone.
Keep in mind these criminals were not only guilty of immigration violations, they were car thieves, drug dealers, and violent thugs. At least one person who skated thanks to Ritter’s Plea Bargain Express has subsequently been convicted on an armed robbery and assault charge.
That’s one too many.
Jack McCoy wouldn’t make these kinds of deals. Neither should the people of Colorado.
Here endeth the lesson.