Manhattan DA Proves Left-Wing Activists Are Above the Law in New York

Nobody is above the law in America, we’ve been informed

That is, nobody is above the law unless he breaks the law on behalf of left-wing causes. Then it doesn’t count.

That’s what was revealed Friday when Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg dropped charges against 30 anti-Israel protesters who ransacked Hamilton Hall at Columbia University in late April.

The DA who prosecuted and convicted former President Donald Trump on legally dubious campaign finance charges isn’t going to let prominent left-wing activists go to prison or face real consequences for criminal actions.

The anti-Israel protesters not only damaged and occupied school property , they got into a physical confrontation with a custodian while committing their crimes. This came at the end of a monthslong occupation of Columbia University’s grounds.

According to The Washington Free Beacon , prosecutors argued that the protesters didn’t have a criminal history and so it was better to leave any punishment to the university.

The protesters who Bragg’s office let off were mostly students, the Free Beacon reported. 

I’ll note that people who are never charged with crimes they commit won’t have a criminal history.

Also, the activists wore face masks while committing their crimes, so the prosecution decided there was no way to figure out whodunit. It seems that wearing a mask while committing a crime is your Get Out of Jail Free card in New York.

How will the city deal with this surely new and diabolical criminal tactic?

What a joke.

The whole situation is a farce. 

As others have said before me, there are downright Soviet-style judicial districts in this country where basic standards of justice are fully subsumed by demands for political correctness.

You may wonder why it is that left-wing protesters often riot and cause mayhem in their own cities, neighborhoods, and institutions. Here’s your answer: They know that if they commit crimes in a blue, Democrat-controlled area they’ll have an excellent chance of escaping justice with only the lightest of punishments, or no punishment at all.

This line from a National Review report about the Columbia protesters’ case tells you all you need to know:

The district attorney’s office offered to drop charges against 13 other protesters if they are not arrested again in the next six months, and none of them accepted the proposal, setting up a return to court next month.

Think about that.

The protesters are so confident they can do as they please they took the prosecution’s demand that they simply cool it for six months—about the time between now and the Nov. 5 elections, what a coincidence—and effectively said, “Get bent, we’ll do as we please.”

The anti-Israel protesters have been getting away with shutting down parts of New York and causing mayhem since Hamas’ terrorist attack Oct. 7 in Israel. They know the powers that be aren’t going to stop them now.

But don’t think this is just about the conflict between Israel and Hamas, a terrorist organization. 

The Black Lives Matter protesters who were arrested in New York for rioting in 2020 were awarded millions of dollars by the city . The Left takes care of its activist base, regardless of the cause.

This is why the Left always seems to be drifting further leftward. 

“Mainstream” Democrats and liberal institutions know that the activists aren’t popular, so they do damage control with the public. They give such violent protesters a little slap on the wrist and a little tut-tutting when they get out of line, but they never actually do anything to restrain or rebuke their ideology.

The politicians, courts, and institutional leaders then make concessions . Rinse and repeat. This is true in Democrat-controlled cities and certainly true on college campuses .

The leftist activists know they are in charge. They know that all they have to do to get their way is to keep throwing tantrums and eventually they’ll get institutions to do what they want.

Sure, the police may occasionally haul violent or disruptive activists to jail, as the NYPD did when officers rounded up the Columbia University protesters. But the police are only part of the law-and-order equation. Without courts committed to upholding the law, there can be no justice.

In New York, common criminals get let off the hook , enemies of social justice will be prosecuted , and political friends will do as they please. Don’t forget, illegal aliens who’ve broken our country’s laws also will get free meals and housing at the expense of everyone else.

It’s Venezuela on the Hudson .

Thanks to the courts of New York we are getting an ominous glimpse into a future, or perhaps current, America that looks more like the USSR than the old republic that we once knew.

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Prosecutors ask judge to keep Trump gag order for jurors

Prosecutors in former President Donald Trump’s New York hush money case asked a judge Thursday to keep his gag order in place until Trump’s sentencing in July.

The move comes nearly a month after a Manhattan jury convicted the former president on 34 counts of falsifying business records in his New York hush money trial. The verdict made Trump the first former president in U.S. history to be convicted of felony crimes.

Judge Juan Merchan imposed the initial gag order in late March to prevent the former president from publicly attacking witnesses, jurors and others involved in the trial. Trump has argued the order violates his First Amendment rights.

Citing more than 50 threats made against officials connected to the case, the prosecutors argued in the Thursday filing that the judge should not rule in favor of Trump’s motion to lift the gag order .

Prosecutors contended the gag order should remain in place for jurors, prosecutors and court staff, saying prosecutors and court staff are still involved in Trump’s sentencing and should continue to be protected.

They also argued, in the jurors’ case, that the court has a long precedent of maintaining gag orders to protect jurors even after a trial’s conclusion.

Prosecutors also pointed to two prior instances during the case when Trump criticized “the jury as an institution,” which is still permitted under the gag order, the former president directed public attention to the jurors and led them to fear for their safety and that of their loved ones.

“Although these statements did not refer to the jurors individually or by name, this Court nonetheless correctly found that the statements violated the juror provision because they directed public attention to the jurors and ‘raised the specter of fear for the safety of the jurors and their loved ones.'”

Prosecutors did relent that it would be appropriate to lift the gag order for witnesses in the case. Part of Trump’s argument when filing the motion to dismiss rested on claims that star state witnesses Michael Cohen and Stormy Daniels were publicly attacking Trump after the conviction.

They also pointed to “categorically false accusations” Trump and his counsel have made to argue the gag order should be maintained, specifically mentioning Trump’s claim that Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg (D) is working with President Biden and his assertion that the DA’s office is attempting to delay proceedings until after the presidential debate. 

“These knowing falsehoods are just the latest examples of defendant’s patent disrespect for the rule of law and the impartial administration of justice,” prosecutors wrote. 

The filing comes after New York’s top court on Tuesday dismissed Trump’s appeal to overturn the gag order, saying “no substantial constitutional question” was raised by the appeal.

Trump’s sentencing is scheduled for July 11 — just days before the start of the Republican National Convention, where he is set to officially become the GOP’s presidential nominee.

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