‘Moron’ judge renders DC businessman guilty for owning musket balls

A Washington, D.C., financial consultant’s legal odyssey ended last week as surprisingly as his arrest on charges of possessing a misfired shotgun shell and 25 muzzle-loading lead projectiles.

District of Columbia Circuit Judge Robert Morin found Mark Witaschek guilty of attempted possession of illegal ammunition and sentenced him to time served, a $50 fine and a requirement that he register with the city as a firearm offender, according to The Washington Times.

In his ruling, Morin ignored a central question: whether the dud shotgun shell found in Witaschek’s possession was operable. If a lead ball lacking both primer and propellant is “illegal ammunition,” it begs the question: What would constitute legal ammunition? A pillow, perhaps?

The Times’ Emily Miller, author of “Emily Gets Her Gun,” has followed this case from Witaschek’s arrest to the judge’s closing gavel. She found the proceedings an example of the ignorant leading the ignorant.

Miller reported:

In the afternoon on Wednesday, Judge Morin shook the plastic [shotgun] shell and tried to listen to something inside. He said he could not hear any gunpowder. He then asked the lawyers to open the shell to see if there was powder inside.

In an interview Saturday with “Fox & Friends Weekend” host Tucker Carlson, Witaschek recalled one moment during the trial when the judge asked the prosecuting attorney a question about muzzle-loading weapons.

“I have no idea what a muzzle-loader is,” the prosecutor replied, Witaschek said.

Carlson quoted the judge’s reasoning that the lead projectiles must be bullets because “they look like bullets.”

“This person is so ignorant,” Carlson said. “This person is a moron.”

Fox News “Happening Now” host Jon Scott compared this case on Thursday to an earlier one in which the Washington, D.C. prosecutor declined to file charges against NBC News anchor David Gregory for possession of an illegal gun magazine.

“That’s illegal according to D.C. law,” Scott said.

But the prosecutor chose to use his discretion to defer charges against Gregory for something the district clearly prohibits, and used the same discretion to charge Witaschek for possessing a handful of metal objects.

Watch the Carlson-Witaschek interview via Fox News, then check out “‘Racist’ Michelle Obama quote fools panel; Bill Maher pretends Paul Ryan said it.”

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13 thoughts on “‘Moron’ judge renders DC businessman guilty for owning musket balls

  1. Teresa says:

    He has the right name Moron.
    Because he is one

    1. bobdog19006 says:

      By this groundbreaking new legal theory, fishing lures, car batteries, and tire weights constitute illegal “attempted possession of ammunition”. Half the entire population of the District of Columbia should be rounded up and thrown in prison with the other half that are already there.

      This guy is dumb enough to prosecute people for attempted possession of “lead” pencils.

      Well, hell. The law is the law, and it should be prosecuted without fear or favor, just like our immigration laws, posse commitatus, domestic spying laws, international gun running laws, Obamacare.

      My country, ’tis of thee….

  2. Jon Weiss says:

    He needs a new trial, this time with a competent Judge.

    1. ooddballz says:

      Amen, my first thought was APPEAL!

    2. johnny b says:

      I’d also sue the cops and prosecutor for bringing a frivolous case…. This judge is also guilty but has immunity…. He really is incompetent….

  3. Eric G says:

    All the judge and the prosecutor have to do is ask the armed law officers who guard them daily at the courthouse what a muzzle loader is.

    1. warpmine says:

      Probably under the impression it has something to do with Monika Lewinsky.

  4. MrJay1 says:

    Appeal, then after proper resolution, go back and publicly mock and ridicule this idiot judge into quitting. What a total moron

    1. warpmine says:

      It’s free money to them, they never quit because of the perks.

  5. Conservative In Libtard Austin says:

    It’s the poor fools fault. He lives in the Dristict of Criminals.

    Sorry, no sympathy for the stupid.

  6. richz says:

    Convene a citizens Grand Jury and charge the Judge with abuse of the powers of office.

  7. Rob says:

    God help us if this typifies the judges ruling in our courts . . .

  8. johnny b says:

    Where do they find people this stupid???? TSA employees that get fired and they are told; don’t worry we have a job as a judge in Washington DC where it doesn’t matter that your a moron and know nothing….. All you have to do is find white people guilty of everything…..

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