It’s a tale of two judges.
Judge Jeanine Pirro lambasted New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in her “Opening Statement” Saturday on his reappointment of Judge Laura Johnson who, days earlier, released Devon Coley, 18, without bail after he made terroristic threats to assassinate police officers.
“This dirtbag Devon Coley has a history of not returning to court,” she said. “He is the quintessential flight risk.”
During the statement, which played off de Blasio’s leftist campaign theme of “A Tale of Two Cities,” Pirro pointed out that while the mayor’s office claimed there was no evidence to suggest Coley was a flight risk he is already under indictment for robbery, conspiracy and possession of a firearm and had a warrant issued for his arrest for not appearing in court hours after Johnson freed him.
The host was joined by former New York City police commissioner Bernard Kerik and Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, who offered their insight on the Coley case.
“The flight risk is reason enough, but the gun possession, the threats on the cops, he is a danger to the community,” Kerik said. “I don’t understand how a judge doesn’t see that.”
Clarke added his belief that these types of decisions encourage repeat offending.
“When these individuals come out and they get slapped on the wrist for this felonious conduct, you know what it does? It sends a message that the criminal justice system is not going to adequately punish them and so they go out and they repeat the same crime,” Clarke said.
Kerik added that it is unlikely the criminal behavior of Coley started when he became an adult.
“I really want to know what he’s been through in the past. He didn’t just start this behavior at 18 years old,” he said. “I’m sure there’s something prior to his 18th birthday.”
Clarke brought home the point that decisions to releasing men like Coley poses a great threat to the community.
“When this guy goes out and repeats this felonious conduct and finally takes somebody’s life it’s going to be someone in the community. It isn’t gonna be the judge. Its not gonna be her family,” he said. “We had the chance to get this guy off the street and we wont do what we need to do to protect the community. It’s always the best interest of the criminal and it’s never the best interest of the community.
Pirro asked the men if they supported the police turning their backs on de Blasio as a form of protest.
“Unequivocally I support what they did,” Clarke said.
“I get a kick, I really do, out of how people are asking the police to do something more appropriate,” he added. “By the way. turning your back and booing is protected speech,”
Kerik agreed with him and pointed out how those same people think it’s ok for the so called peaceful protesters to “call for the killing of cops.”
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