Will the Left Scrap Bail Reform After Waukesha?

by Kerry Dougherty

Looks like we can add “bail reform” to “defund the police, ” “school choice” and “CRT” as issues that will fuel the 2022 red wave.

It’s coming.

The far left, in Virginia and elsewhere, has been pushing hard to do away with cash bail because they say it discriminates against poor defendants.

Maybe it does. But it also keeps dirtbags in jail where they can’t harm their wives, innocent children or strangers.

Mark Herring made bail reform a key part of his campaign. One more reason to be relieved that the voters tossed him out of office.

Here’s bail reform in action:

Darrell E. Brooks, 39, the man accused of killing four women and one man in Waukesha, Wisconsin on Sunday and injuring 48 others, including children, was out on bail when police say he plowed his SUV into a Christmas parade.

In a just world, this monster would be in jail. In a world where steep bail is seen as unfair, he was on the streets of Waukesha, Wisconsin. just days after trying to run over the mother of one of his children with his SUV.

CNN has a surprisingly accurate account of this one-man crime spree:

Brooks had been released on $1,000 bail earlier this month, according to court records and the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office, which said in a statement released Monday that the bail had been set “inappropriately low.” The charges stemmed from a November 2 incident in which Brooks is accused of running over a woman with his car while she was walking through a gas station parking lot, according to a criminal complaint.

“Officers observed tire tracks on her left pants leg,” the criminal complaint read.

Prosecutors filed five charges related to the incident including: obstructing an officer; second-degree recklessly endangering safety with domestic abuse assessments; disorderly conduct with domestic abuse assessments; and misdemeanor battery with domestic abuse assessments.

Brooks was also charged with bail jumping, because he was already out on bail following a July 24, 2020, incident, according to court documents.

In a statement, the Milwaukee DA’s office now says that they should not have recommended such a low bail for Brooks and have launched an internal review into the decision.

“The State’s bail recommendation in this case was inappropriately low in light of the nature of the recent charges and the pending charges against Mr. Brooks,” the office’s statement said.”

As of late Monday night, 10 children were in the ICU thanks to the homicidal maniac driving that SUV.

The grisly news out of Waukesha apparently went unnoticed by the jihad squad in Congress. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spent Monday working to get rid of bail. If she gets her way there will be even more Darrell Brookses on the street.

The left in this country doesn’t get it. Just as AOC wants to be safe on Capitol Hill, ordinary, decent people want to be safe in their homes and at Christmas parades.

If appropriate bail had been set a couple of weeks ago, Brooks would be locked up and the world wouldn’t even know that Waukesha had a Christmas parade.

This column has been republished with permission from Kerry: Unemployed & Unedited.

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26 responses to “Will the Left Scrap Bail Reform After Waukesha?”

  1. Nancy Naive Avatar
    Nancy Naive

    If Pennsylvania is an example, bail reform could keep GOP candidates off the campaign trail.

  2. LarrytheG Avatar

    A new firm Rittenhouse and Associates will provide armed security for Christmas Parades and other Holiday gatherings… reasonable rates…

  3. Eric the half a troll Avatar
    Eric the half a troll

    “Maybe it does. But it also keeps dirtbags in jail where they can’t harm their wives, innocent children or strangers.”

    Our system is set up to protect the innocent from wrongful prosecution even if it means a guilty person goes free… see recent Rittenhouse verdict, for example…

    1. Matt Adams Avatar

      “Our system is set up to protect the innocent from wrongful prosecution even if it means a guilty person goes free… see recent Rittenhouse verdict, for example…”

      It appears you live by the mantra of “if you repeat a lie often enough and people will believe it”. I know I’m still waiting for you to indicate which charges Rittenhouse was guilty of.

      I know you won’t answer, you’re just a partisan coward, this is just Counterspeech Doctrine.

  4. Penrosian Avatar

    If he’s a danger to society, he shouldn’t be released at all until trial. If he’s not, then whether he’s free while he awaits trial shouldn’t depend on how much money he can scrape together.

    You Republicans just love to craft a “justice” system where the rich don’t have to play by the same rules as the rest of us and wrap it in a veneer of safety messaging to prey on fear.

    1. Nancy Naive Avatar
      Nancy Naive

      Of course, his crime was a serious charge, but the question of “danger to society” is a tough one.

      Bundy, yes. OJ, no. One had an itch. He scratched it. The other had a terminal case of psoriasis.

      1. James C. Sherlock Avatar
        James C. Sherlock

        Scratch an itch? Once again, you have hit upon unique wisdom. Once again, I urge you to go with it.

        1. Nancy Naive Avatar
          Nancy Naive

          Captain, if you were half as clever as you think, you’d be, well, just clever.

          1. James C. Sherlock Avatar
            James C. Sherlock

            OK, go with that then.

          2. Nancy Naive Avatar
            Nancy Naive

            It was as nice as I could be, but you’re being dense, or humorless.

            Bail is supposed to assure the charged, i.e., not convicted (remember that presumption of innocence crap), will show for trial and is a pre-levied fine for failure to do so. As such, it starts as a measure of how the charged views his risks.

            That said, it clearly should be equally punitive/burdensome to all, which takes into consideration means, as well as flight risk. Now on top of that, the courts have added a “risk to society” condition. If a man is charged with setting his own house afire, or his neighbor’s, or a random one, he poses a significantly different risk to society. A serial killer is dangerous. A spouse killer? Not so much. After all, he’s really only dangerous if he remarries pretrial.

          3. James C. Sherlock Avatar
            James C. Sherlock

            Better version by far. You might have started with that one.

          4. Nancy Naive Avatar
            Nancy Naive

            I was going for maximum succinctness.

          5. Should those court officials who set bail/release charged criminals be held personally accountable for any action those they free undertake? If the left wants police to be held personally accountable [limited immunity] shouldn’t that go all the way up the criminal justice system?

          6. Nancy Naive Avatar
            Nancy Naive

            Sure, if you can get either situations changed. Google Harry Connick Sr., and Claraence Thomas’ majority opinion on prosecutorial misconduct.

    2. LarrytheG Avatar

      but fear works so well for Conservatives… and without it, real ideas are harder to come by…

    3. If that was what the left meant by “bail reform” I’d be 100% on board.

    4. James C. Sherlock Avatar
      James C. Sherlock

      Those folks at the parade missed that veneer of safety.

  5. Baconator with extra cheese Avatar
    Baconator with extra cheese

    Heck no. And why should most of us worry? Most violent criminals commit crimes against their own community. If people want to have no cash bail in their community let them suffer the consequences of that decision.
    If you don’t want to suffer those consequences, then make the sacrifice to move your family to a place where others have a different point of view.
    Issues like this are why local politics are important. And why governance at the lowest levels possible is important.
    I believe we will all see more and more polarization as a fair amount of people move to areas where their lifestyle/ belief systems are in common. This is made possible due to work from home/ digital economy.
    Flee the cities and don’t spend your money there.

  6. Steve Gillispie Avatar
    Steve Gillispie

    LOL. Kerry, you know you’re on point when BR’s 3 most prolific scat droppers can’t wait to jump in with something snide and irrelevant (the MO of the phony female), snarky, misinformed and wrong (the MO of the whatever and the half a ….)

    Maybe they can follow up with one of their pompous and self-righteous screeds on the lack of civility and honest discourse by BR’s scurrilous conservatives.

    1. Nancy Naive Avatar
      Nancy Naive

      Self-promoting is guache.

    2. LarrytheG Avatar

      re: ” .. honest discourse by BR’s scurrilous conservatives.” Oof !

  7. tmtfairfax Avatar

    How much are taxpayers funding security for the Squad? It’s like the Hollywood folks who support aggressive gun control but hire armed security guards. What was the name of that book we all read? Oh, yah, I remember — Animal Farm.

    1. Eric the half a troll Avatar
      Eric the half a troll

      Actually, it is the other way around. Right-wing wackos who pose with AR weapons and argue they are necessary for “personal defense” then foist they cost of their security forces on the US taxpayer instead of simply defending themselves as they argue everyone else must do. I think you will find most on the left would be perfectly happy if all gun owners had the same permits, training, and potential liability for wrongful deaths that private security details do.

  8. How dare you criminalize crime!!!!! This individual should not be criticized and persecuted because of his career and life choices. Just because he has a 50-page rap sheet of past digressions does not mean he has any ill intent toward law abiding citizens. He should be judged on the
    character of why he is begin forced into a life of crime because of the white
    supremacist, Euro-centric power structure built to keep people of color down while it exalts people with little melanin in their skin. He has no choice but to do what he does. He does not have the white privilege of those young men who lie about their race in order to gain college acceptance as Kendi pointed out in his tweet several weeks ago.

    Why should the power structure treat him like it has those
    being held in solitary confinement for months on end because of the violent, murderous, and destructive looting of the capitol. Why should he be kept in prison like the documented mentally ill Jake Angeli?

    As the left loves to chant, “If it saves just one life, it’s worth it!”

    Let Mr. Brooks out of jail to live and prosper under the
    roof of the prosecutor[s] who let him out time and time again……unless Larry, or Eric, or Nancy are willing to put into practice what they preach?

    I am sure any of these lefties will gladly take responsibility for his future progress of becoming a law abiding citizen THIS TIME.

  9. Dick Hall-Sizemore Avatar
    Dick Hall-Sizemore

    This was not a failure of bail reform. It was a failure of someone in the system who set a fantastically low amount. I don’t know about Wisconsin law, but in Virginia, this offender could have been denied bail, based on his violent prior record. Bail reform has nothing to do with this. Even if cash bail were abolished, that would not mean that a person accused of a violent crime and who had a violent record would be automatically released on bond. The magistrate or judge would still have the option of denying release on bail. Kerry (and others) are seizing upon this one tragic incident in which some official made a bad judgment call to use as an attack onbail reform.

    1. BS ——– liberal leftist social justice warrior progressive Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm said in 2007 : “Is there going to be an individual I divert [let out of jail], or I put into treatment program, who’s going to go out and kill somebody? You bet. Guaranteed. It’s guaranteed to happen. It does not invalidate the overall approach.”

      The VA Parole Board is no different — just look at Davis Simpkins, which the Parole Board is an accessory before the fact in committing his 57th felony. FACTS SUCK DON’T THEY?

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