First they came for the rich white kids ....

Tom Jackson
Dec 19, 2013

You know how police states get started. First they came for the kid who eats lunch at the yacht club, the one who wanted to buy the $874,000 home, and I didn't speak out, because I didn't own a yacht.

That's the situation that's unfolding in Ottawa County, according to defense attorney Tom DeBacco, who says that his client, Alexander Reitzel, 19, was overcharged with two counts of attempted burglary, just because he apparently tried a locked door on the back of state Rep. Chris Redfern's house. You can read our story here.

They say that President Harry Truman used to complain that he needed a one-armed economist on his staff. His advisors would tell him something, then say, "On the other hand ... "

Nobody is insisting on a one armed blogger yet, so I can still say I see both sides.

I'm no expert on burglary laws. Maybe Reitzel was overcharged compared to other folks who tried a locked door and hung out in the back yard. Maybe the prosecutor overcharged him, looking for a plea deal. Maybe prosecutors in the 87 other counties and 49 other states never do that. Maybe Reitzel was just "impulsed by that house."

On the other hand, if somebody goes in my back yard and tries my locked door, I hope the cops arrest him, put him in handcuffs and haul him away. I hope he gets charged with something serious, not the equivalent of a speeding ticket. 

It seems to me that Redfern's political stature cuts both ways. Yes, he probably gets his phone calls returned more quickly than you or I. On the other hand, if someone tries to break into the home of Tom Jackson, minor blogger, the defense attorney doesn't get on page one saying that the prosecution was politically motivated. If the lawyer wants to get his name in the papers, he has to buy an ad.

Incidentally, if the white guy who eats at the yacht club gets hammered by the DA, just like the black guy who orders from the dollar menu, doesn't that mean the system is kind of working? Just asking. Go visit the local jail — any jail — and see who's behind bars.

Maybe DeBacco should get together for lunch with the lawyers from the public defender's office. They can swap stories about injustice. But if they meet for lunch at the Catawba Island Club, I hope DeBacco picks up the tab. 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments

Contango

@ Mr. Jackson:

Not totally disingenuous since the Nazis portrayed the Jews as absconding the wealth of Germany, thus causing the impoverishment of the masses.

The Bolsheviks had their kulaks.

The Nazis had their Jews.

And the progressive-socialists have their wealthy.

Every power seeking authoritarian movement needs a populist scapegoat in order to distract attention from their true aims.

deertracker

jibberish!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Contango

Re: jibberish (snip)"

Ignorance remains bliss for you doesn't it?

Mr. Jackson is alluding to the Martin Niemöller poem bambie.

Besides, Mr. Redfern is a progressive-socialist (Democrat).

Licorice Schtick

No, no. There's a misunderstanding here. It's Contango's words that are gibberish, not Jackson's. The progressives, who seek justice above all else, have done nothing to anyone that could be compared to Stalin or the Nazis. This right-wing zealot finds himself in the odd position of resorting to name-calling and bizarre hyperbole to defend an alleged petty criminal because the victim is a Democrat.

Contango

Re: "The progressives, (snip)"

Early American progressives understood themselves to be Fabian Socialists.

A historical item that obviously is unknown to you.

Robin Hood: Robbed from the rich, i.e., the King (govt.) and the Church (bureaucracy) and gave back to the poor (taxpayers).

Works for me.

The man was simply attempting to 'redistribute' the wealth from a rich bureaucrat. :)

Contango

Re: "Stalin,"

Actually V.I. Lenin would be more apropos.

Licorice Schtick

Nah. Lenin was a nice guy compared to Stalin.

Contango

Re: "Lenin was a nice guy compared to Stalin."

Lenin and Trotsky first dealt with the kulaks.

Better read some Russian history, you'll see the path on which you progressives are placing this country.

Licorice Schtick

And Stalin was harder on the kulaks. Take your own advice, you condescending gasbag.

Contango

Re: "Stalin was harder on the kulaks."

Regardless, it doesn't negate my original statement.

You've disproved NOTHING regarding my point about hypocritical wealthy American Ruling Class progressives-socialists and your role as a "useful idiot."

But thanks for playing.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Use...

Nemesis

And Stalin, Lenin, AND the nazis were all socialist progressives.

Dr. Information

Par for the day from the left. Don't agree? Name call and can't hold a valid argument.

fredinperkins

"You know how police states get started"? They subjugate the populace. First by forcing health care on them. Then they "tax" those who choose not to participate, even if they HAD insurance at one time, increasing that "tax" every year. Then the ethical IRS agency comes to take you away if you evade. That should balance the "racial" mix in the jails.

deertracker

Yes, go to the jail and see who is behind bars! Case and Point!!!!!!!

Centauri

"(Reitzel) was caught in the act,” Mulligan said. “He was observed by the homeowner over the course of an hour, watching in real time”

In the past, I did security checks of homes for friends and relatives when they were away. I paid special attention to sliding patio doors.

I also watched the videos but from a different newspaper site.

"Your submission has triggered the spam filter and will not be accepted."
Hey Sandusky Register, do something about that SPAM filter that blocks me but allows spammers to get through.

http://tinyurl.com/lsszbkm
"Redfern's security footage shows suspect trying doors"

Centauri

"Mulligan said. “He was observed by the homeowner over the course of an hour, watching in real time”

So why didn't Redfern call the Catawba Island, Ohio police?

http://www.catawbaislandtownship...

AEversole

Go visit the jails? See who is behind bars? What do you mean? Are you stating the fact that our prisons are filled with mostly non whites. Its almost 80 % black and Hispanic. Blacks make up about 55 % of the prison population and Hispanics around 25 %. Does this mean that non whites commit that many more crimes? Or does this starteling Stat mean that non whites are sentenced more harshly.... targeted more frequently and more likely persued by law enforcement. In my expierence crime is more likely based on poverty levels instead of race, but in this corrupt and still raciest country, that still kind of goes hand in hand. Poor people tend to commit crimes, regaurdless of race.... numbers are alarming... but this boy is definitibeing over charged and railroaded. . A indictment in 5 days is un heard of. The DA and the Rep can beat around the bush and tap dance around the law all they want... it should be a trespassing charge at best. He never entered the residence nor broke anything in attempt to enter the residence... Redfern shouldn't get special treatment because of his political pull.. if it was a normal house in a normal yard this wouldn't have went down like this... for sure.. let someone on camp st tell you that someone was in my yard and they might have checked my door Handel, but he didn't break anything and he didn't go in the house and see what happens.. not a gosh darn thing will happen... ....Redfern you should be ashamed of yourself and you will never get another vote from me. You are a scandelous, vendictive, politician, over using your power for evil.. you are destroying this young kids life for ever.. He didn't damage anything or even go in your house and you want him to go to prison..(you are a joke) ..He should get his fine and maybe, maybe probation but 2 felony indictments for trespassing... that's a joke and so are you.

Centauri

Until the true facts come out, there could be a lawsuit in the future.

How about the Ohio Attorney General gets involved also and subpoena all phone calls between Redfern and Mulligan since December 7?

AEversole

Joke ......how can the people look at you the same ever again... why don't you sell you million dollar house that you don't even live in and move out of state... your not wanted around here anyway

AEversole

All,, well most of you rich (white) people are all the same...... and I am white but not rich or even privileged. Redfern is so out of touch with reality and how people are actually living, I cant stand it

Licorice Schtick

I don't think the fact that someone owns a nice house is in and of itself proof that he's "out of touch." Redfern tirelessly opposes Republicans' policies of sticking it to ordinary people and helping the already rich get richer.

You bite the hand that feeds you. Your anger is misplaced. It's called transference. Republicans encourage that. They want the rabble to fight among themselves while they live it up.

Contango

Re: "someone owns a nice house,"

How is "wealthy progressive" not an oxymoron in addition to being hypocritical?

Licorice Schtick

So... which do you think John F. Kennedy, for example, was not: wealthy, or progressive? Warren Buffet?

And do you think do avoid being hypocritical, a wealthy person of a progressive mind must divest himself?

The truth is, there are are many wealthy progressives. They're just outnumbered by greedy selfish people.

Contango

Re: "The truth is, there are are many wealthy progressives. They're just outnumbered by greedy selfish people."

What nonsense.

Yep! That's why 7 of the top 10 richest members of Congress are Democrats.

Don't progressives preach that the rich only become rich on the backs of the poor?

So only being a 'little greedy' pays better than being totally "selfish"?

BTW: "Buffett" has two t's.

The Big Dog's back

pooh's got one foot over the edge and the other on a banana peel heading in that direction.

Licorice Schtick

Lol. It's over, thought. I lost. Because I misspelled "Buffett."

Contango

Re: Buffett.

Lookin' out for you.

Didn't want you to confuse a rich, liberal hypocrite with a sideboard for serving food.

Pterocarya frax...

First we had Godwin's law. Now we have "Winnie's law"...misspell a word and you automatically lose the argument!

Contango

Re: "lose the argument!"

Nah. History proves that you and the other purveyors of mindless socialist rhetoric lost that a long time ago.

Enjoy "Ryan's" Cupcake.

Nemesis

"And do you think do avoid being hypocritical, a wealthy person of a progressive mind must divest himself?"

Heck, yeah! To every rich leftist I say: If you want to tax me to eliminate wealth inequality, first give me your own wealth until you're equal with me, and then we'll talk.

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