No Justice For Gladney

Before I get into the post, a short PSA. Some of you have from time to time sent me an email on the site’s PM service alerting me to various news events that you find worthy of discussion. I encourage the continuation of this practice. Some might want to sound off on a topic that we have not gotten to yet and this lets us know to look at it. Admittedly I might not find the topic as compelling as you do (like this one) but if I can I will post something on it.

There are two things you can count on as sure as the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, the SEIU thugs will resort to violence when confronted with opposition, and black folks do not like it when one their own goes to the other side, even if he is doing it just to make a buck.

2 years ago Kenneth Gladney parked himself outside a Tea Party sponsored town hall meeting in order to hawk some of his wares, “Don’t tread on me” flags. Obama recently made his famous “punch back” speech to gin up support for his base and lay out a battle plan for his SEIU hit men. So some SEIU members attacked Gladney with one calling him the N word, here is some video:

The attackers were arrested, but here is what happened this week:

The trial of the two men who beat Kenneth Gladney almost two years ago came to a close Tuesday afternoon. After two days of testimony, the jury deliberated for forty minutes before Perry Mollens and former St. Louis mayoral candidate, the Reverand Elston McCowan, were found not guilty. McCowan and Molens were members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) when the attack occurred.

On the first day of the trial, Gateway Pundit noted that union supporters were out in force to intimidate Gladney. In the courtroom, the defense planned to turn the court fight into a he-said, she-said because the prosecution did not have video of how the fight started. The defense also argued that McCowan and Molens had a right to self-defense, but that rests on the belief that Gladney instigated the confrontation.

A couple things, we don’t know how the fight started and no doubt this had some effect of the jury’s decision. We also see Kenneth walking around afterwards apparently unharmed. Yes, this in no way condones violence or excuses assault but the jury had no evidence of how bad he was assaulted since the tape starts with him on the ground.

As I sat in the courtroom today watching the closing arguments, the difference between the prosecuting attorney and the union paid private lawyer was as stark a contrast as night is from day. The spit, polish and confidence of the union lawyer, compared to the stumbling and stuttering of the unsure prosecuting attorney made it more than obvious what the outcome of this trial was going to be.

And this really should not surprise anyone, I’ve seen it myself several hundred times. The D.A’s that prosecute these cases are usually fresh out of law school and get paid peanuts (after they get some experience trying cases they usually go private as defense lawyers, where the real money is made). So any defendant that can pay for a good defense, will get it.

It is also interesting that Gladney is considering suing his assailants for violating his civil rights under the guise of a hate crime. You would think that black on black crimes would not fall under “hate” but their reasoning in this matter is unique and I find somewhat compelling. But I personally find the very concept of “Hate Crimes” stupid and worthless, so I would be a tough sell.

To me, this whole episode is a “dog bites man” story, that is why I did not post anything on it initially. The SEIU are criminals and thugs, to think that they would resort to criminal activity and beat those that get in their way, this is not news and not out of character. Yes, it pisses me off to see them getting away with stuff, and I hope Gladney gets some money out of them, but unions in general are losing their support and following with the folks. I would not expect them to go quietly.

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  1. hist_ed

    The D.A’s that prosecute these cases are usually fresh out of law school and get paid peanuts

    I can’t speak to how things work in other areas, but where I live this simply isn’t true. My wife is a prosecutor, and the newbies cut their teeth on lesser stuff-DUI, shoplifting, etc. Assault cases are pretty serious and handled be people with some experience. Murders, rapes, armed robbery are, of course, higher on the food chain. (though that doesn’t prevent the oocasional idiocy like this: http://tinyurl.com/5tk78nd ). That said, DAs are almost always elected and generally have their ears to the ground polically. It might have been politically expedient to throw this case to someone who wasn’t so slick.

    Oh and prosecutors do OK. They are in the middle in terms of money. It’s the public defenders that make peanuts. For every high paid private defense attorney there are several public defenders making almost nothing (most are trying to build a resume towards getting a better job). They are almost universally overworked with enourmous case loads. I am sure that the SEIU guys got nice expensive lawyers paid for by their colleagues’ union dues.

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  2. richtaylor365 *

    My experiences have only been in California (Los Angeles, Ventura, Sacramento, Contra Costa, and Solano counties). As a general rule if an attorney stays in the D.A’s office more than 4 years, there is something wrong with him. Sure, there are a few exceptions (maybe he wants the head District Attorney job). Unless it is is a high profile felony, the junior guys get the DUI’s, general misd. crimes and cases like this one. TBH, I don’t know if this case was tried as a felony assault or simple assault, my guess would be simple since there was no debilitating injuries.

    A first year attorney at any reputable law firm makes almost double what a first year assist. D.A. makes here in California.

    They are almost universally overworked with enourmous case loads.

    For sure, this is why they plea bargain most of them so that they go away and are not tried (worthy of a separate post itself).

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  3. hist_ed

    As a general rule if an attorney stays in the D.A’s office more than 4 years, there is something wrong with him

    My wife stays for non-monetary reasons. First, she would never do defense work-getting some guy off who beat his wife half to death wouldn’t sit well. Second, the benefits are much better than private firms (and unlike Wisconsin, public school teachers in Washington don’t get magically cool benefit packages-I don’t even bother with covering my kids through mine). Third, her schedule is much more sane that big private firms. She migrated over to civil stuff (mostly land use enforcement and advising the county council and various agencies about the law) a while ago, so she doesn’t have to try cases every week.

    She’ll probably go private in a few years when our kids are older (land use, not criminal defense). Her pay will probably double, maybe more.

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  4. richtaylor365 *

    And that all makes perfect sense. When I met my wife she was a partner at a very prestigious law firm in LA, she was making tons of money but was putting in 60+ hour work weeks, you can only do that so long. When we moved up to the Bay Area she made a trade off, less hours and less money. She now works out of the house just doing research and writing briefs for other attorney’s, her time is her own, we don’t need the money so if she is happy I am happy.

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  5. AlexInCT

    Your first mistake is to expect justice in the Obama America. The only justice they like is the kind that gives them more power and us less freedoms. Have you watched the games played by the DOJ the last 2-3 years? It would be comical if we weren’t getting screwed so hard by these bastards.

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