By Trey Rusk
I once had a career criminal (burglar and drug offender) located by law enforcement out of state. The DA's office decided he was better off gone from Texas and wouldn't extradite him. I guess someone determines the costs of transporting the prisoner along with trial costs and decided he wasn't worth the trouble. OK, I can live with that because they kept the warrant active, just in case the maggot turned up in Texas. Also, the local agency that stopped him knows that he is in their jurisdiction and will probably resort to his known criminal behavior.
What is the extradition radius for a murderer? I ask this question because I read that a wanted murderer was recently stopped in Ohio and California advised Ohio police that he was out of their radius for extradition. This story ran on WKBN from Youngstown, Ohio and I couldn't see where California even placed a hold on the murderer. Luckily, he was also wanted in New York for aggravated robbery and they will extradite.
I wonder if the California authorities notified the murder victim's family? Do you think they called to tell them that Ohio had him in custody, but we decided he was beyond our radius of extradition? Do you think California told them they would not extradite the person that is alleged to have killed your loved one? I doubt it.
What could be the reason for this lack of standard law enforcement response. A weak case? Then cancel the warrant. I am stymied, because once LE starts refusing to pick up wanted murderers we will have murderers killing and then moving across the country to avoid prosecution.
I guess we can do away with the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Apprehension Unit.
I think the criminals may be winning with the selective lack of prosecution by local D.A.'s such as Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins who also made the following list of crimes not to be prosecuted.
Trespassing, Shoplifting (including offenses that are essentially shoplifting but charged as larceny), Larceny under $250, Disorderly conduct, Disturbing the peace, Receiving stolen property, Minor driving offenses, including operating with a suspend or revoked license, Breaking and entering — where it is into a vacant property or where it is for the purpose of sleeping or seeking refuge from the cold and there is no actual damage to property, Wanton or malicious destruction of property, Threats – excluding domestic violence, Minor in possession of alcohol, Drug possession, Drug possession with intent to distribute, A stand alone resisting arrest charge, i.e. cases where a person is charged with resisting arrest and that is the only charge, A resisting arrest charge combined with only charges that all fall under the list of charges to decline to prosecute, e.g. resisting arrest charge combined only with a trespassing charge.
If I had to guess, I would say 90% of police calls have to do with one of the above offenses. The above charges can still be filed with special permission on a case by case basis by the D.A.'s office. Good luck with that.
Couple non-extradition for serious felonies and selective prosecution by liberal D.A.'s and you have a criminal's Utopia.
On a brighter note the career criminal I was speaking of at the beginning of this blog is now doing a long stretch in Nevada for several burglaries in the Carson City area. Good job, Douglas County.
That's the way I see it.