London Bridge terrorist received UK equivalent to more than half a million dollars in legal aid before he was freed

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For an idea of the horrific repercussions that “Progressive”-styled criminal justice reform could one day engender here in the states, one only need look to the U.K.

On Saturday, about a week after criticism began brewing over New York’s get-out-of-jail-free bail reform measures, The Sun revealed that the now-deceased Islamic terrorist behind the London Bridge stabbing attack in the U.K. that occurred two months ago had once benefited from similar pro-criminal legislation.

As reported previously, deceased terrorist Usman Khan was originally convicted in 2012 for taking part in a plot to bomb various targets in the U.K. and reportedly assassinate then-London Mayor Boris Johnson.

He was then sentenced to an indeterminate sentence, meaning the British government could have held him for as long as it deemed him to be a threat.

During the case that preceded his conviction, the British government gave him £341,460 (roughly $446,885.43) of taxpayer funds to be represented in court, according to a report published by The Sun on Saturday.

Afterward, the government gave him another £12,000 (roughly $15,704.99) to successfully appeal the ruling.

Thanks to the money granted to him, Khan was able to persuade the Court of Appeals to limit his sentence to just 16 years, thus setting him up to be released in December of 2018 after serving half of his time.

Eleven months later, on Nov. 29, 2019, Khan went on to commit the London Bridge stabbing, which left two innocent victims dead:

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The latest findings of all the money and resources Khan benefited from prior to his terror attack have provoked outrage from some members of Parliament.

“That’s a huge sum of money. It’s very shocking,” MP Pauline Latham said to The Sun. “The appeal should never have been allowed to succeed. He shouldn’t have been allowed out. For him then to have all of this funded by the taxpayer is a disgrace.”

“He was obviously laughing in the face of justice,” she added.

As have criminals here in the United States, where legislation enacted by Democrat lawmakers have made life exceedingly cozy for lawbreakers — albeit not quite yet to the extent that criminals are being outright paid to appeal their cases.

Dovetailing back to New York, less than 24 hours after his alleged actions led to the death of a mother of three, an illegal alien suspect waltzed out of a New York jail temporarily scot-free this past Christmas Day thanks to a bail reform bill signed into law by state Gov. Andrew Cuomo earlier in the year.

He wasn’t the first criminal to benefit from the bill, and he won’t be the last. During the last full week of December, at least eight anti-Semitic attacks were committed by perpetrators who were then quickly released back onto the streets thanks to these same reforms.

“There’s no more cash bail for most misdemeanor and nonviolent felony arrests,” Spectrum News reported of the bail reform measure in October. “The list includes criminally negligent homicide and unlawful imprisonment. If you’re accused of one of those crimes you’ll be issued an appearance ticket. The expectation is you’ll go back to court for your next court date instead of possibly sitting and waiting in jail.”

Except that these seemingly benign “nonviolent felony arrests” cover a whole host of very “un-benign” crimes, including aggravated vehicular manslaughter, arson in the third/fourth degree, money laundering in support of terrorism in the third/fourth degree and much more.

Much like the laws in the U.K. that grant criminals taxpayer money and early releases, the legislation being pursued by Democrats here in the states is rooted in the same bleeding-heart belief that every criminal deserves another chance and has the potential for good.

It’s an arguably short-sighted and naive belief — one that’s slowly but surely being pushed back upon in the U.K. and sometimes in the states as well.

Over in New York, last week state Senate Majority leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, a Democrat, signaled that Cuomo’s bail reform measures may need to be modified.

“I think we need to take a look. We want to take a look at reforming the system but making sure we do it right. We’re as concerned about these hate crimes as everyone,” she said, referring to the anti-Semitic crimes that have rocked New York.

And over in the U.K., conservative British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has vowed to “end the automatic early release system for serious and violent offenders.”

It’s not clear whether he also plans to crack down on the U.K.’s legal aid system.

“Anybody who has been arrested is entitled to legal advice at the police station, which is paid for by legal aid,” the BBC notes. “If the case moves on to a court, any defendant under 18 or who is receiving certain benefits such as universal credit or income support, is automatically entitled to legal aid.”

“Other people need to go through a means test, which will take into account the applicant’s income and savings as well as their household’s — for example, whether they have a partner who is earning anything and whether they have children under 18.”

American citizens are also guaranteed legal aid for criminal charges. They are however not guaranteed any aid for appeals. Not yet, at least …

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Vivek Saxena

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