You know what really grinds my gears? When our justice system starts going all soft on us. I recently came across interviews with Meg Reiss, a top deputy to Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, and I was just baffled. This lady seems to have no problem with violent criminals getting off with a slap on the wrist, and she’s the chief prosecutor! How are we supposed to keep our streets safe if we can’t even count on the legal system to hold these criminals accountable?
Fox News reported that Reiss, who joined the DA’s office in January 2022, is all about giving criminals the benefit of the doubt. She even goes as far as to call them “not bad dudes” who wouldn’t benefit from being behind bars. Meanwhile, she’s quick to throw shade at juries for actually trusting the testimonies of police officers in court.
Reiss bragged about a case where her office helped a defendant facing a manslaughter charge walk away without any prison time. She said that “restorative justice” practices were used, arguing that it was “appropriate” in this case. But what about the victim and their family? Is that really fair to them?
And if that wasn’t enough, Reiss also doesn’t think that criminals caught with illegal firearms should be sent to jail. But guess what? In New York state, illegal possession of a firearm is a Class E felony that carries a punishment of up to four years in prison and a $5,000 fine. And the cherry on top? That’s the same level of charges that DA Bragg is bringing against former President Donald Trump.
Before working with Bragg, Reiss founded the Institute for Innovation in Prosecution (IIP) at John Jay College. This organization basically teaches progressive prosecutors how to undermine or weaken charges brought forward by local police. To top it all off, they’re pushing for a “racial equity lens” to counteract what they believe are systemic biases in the judicial system.
Now, don’t get me wrong. We all want a fair and just legal system. But when it comes to violent crimes, we can’t afford to play fast and lose the safety of our citizens. We need to hold criminals accountable for their actions and support law enforcement in their efforts to protect us.
The stance taken by Meg Reiss and her ilk is worrisome, to say the least. It’s high time we stand up for what’s right and demand that our judicial system remains fair, impartial, and effective in maintaining order and upholding the law. We can’t let the safety of our communities be compromised by lenient policies that fail to serve justice where it’s due.
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