Chicago judge claims bail ‘reform’ isn’t dangerous to the public. The body count says otherwise.

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Illinois – On Nov. 4, Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans said during budget hearings:

“It’s not by magic that we haven’t had any horrible incidents occur using this new [affordable bail] system.”

Evans will probably never be confused for a prophet.

Since that date, seven different people who are currently facing murder charges were previously freed under the “affordable bail” system.

Crimes that they had been arrested for included charges such as Class X felony armed violence, unlawful use of a weapon, and repeated use of a weapon by a felon. You know, those so-called “non-violent” offenses the woke criminal justice reform nitwits keep talking about.

Let’s dig into some of these cases where so-called “non-violent” offenders were let back out on the street and people are dead because of it. We will highlight six of these fine upstanding citizens. 


 

ARMANDO LOPEZ

Chicago judge claims bail 'reform' isn't dangerous to the public. The body count says otherwise.
Armando Lopez-CPD         Photo

A year ago, in February, 19-year-old Armando Lopez was charged with felony aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, felony possession of a controlled substance, and driving on a revoked license. This was after Chicago police found a rifle in his vehicle. Judge David Navarro released Lopez on a $500 bond. 

While he was out, Lopez was able to get another gun, which he used to allegedly shoot and kill 32-year-old nurse Frank Aguilar, whom he thought was a rival gang member.

The murder occurred on Nov. 13 according to court records. NOW Lopez is being held without bail.


 

JOSUE BECERRA

Chicago judge claims bail 'reform' isn't dangerous to the public. The body count says otherwise.
Josue Becerra – CPD Photo

Last April, 24-year-old Josue Becerra was charged with having a loaded .45-cal handgun in his vehicle. Judge David Navarro released him on a whopping $200 bond.

On July 23, a man flagged police down and he told them that three men in a red jeep pointed a gun at him. Several minutes later, officers tried to pull Becerra over as he drove a red Jeep nearby. Officers said that he sped away, drove in the wrong lane, and went onto the Kennedy Expressway before he was stopped. He was charged with fleeing and eluding, possession of ecstasy, and multiple traffic violations.

Despite being still out on bail for the April gun charge, Judge Charles Beach let him go home by posting another $500 bond. Are we seeing a revolving door here? This time while out on bond, on Jan. 21, Chicago police were conducting undercover surveillance when they heard gunfire. They reportedly saw Becerra run past their unmarked car with a gun in his hand.

Police tried to stop him, but Becerra got into a car and sped away, eventually crashing in North Center.

The man who Becerra shot was left in critical condition. Prosecutors charged Becerra with attempted murder, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, aggravated battery of a police officer, and aggravated assault of a police officer. Finally, he was held without bail.


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LAFAYETTE HODGES

Chicago judge claims bail 'reform' isn't dangerous to the public. The body count says otherwise.
Lafayette Hodges- CPD Photo

Let us then move on to Lafayette Hodges. Last April, prosecutors charged him with biting and punching police officers to were attempting to serve him with a warrant on the West Side of Chicago. In court, Judge David Navarro made a handwritten not about Hodges’ background on the case cover sheet: “juvie justice attempt armed robbery.”

In spite of that, the 18-year-old was allowed to go home by posting a $200 deposit.

While awaiting trial in May, he was charged with manufacture-delivery of heroin. He was again released on his own recognizance and prosecutors dropped the case in October.

Last December, two days after Christmas, Hodges fatally shot his girlfriend. Hodges told investigators that he thought the gun was empty when he pointed it at his girlfriend’s head and pulled the trigger. Unfortunately for her, the gun was not empty. Hodges was so “distraught” over the “accident” that he ran from the house with the gun before emergency crews arrived.

Due to his juvenile robbery conviction, Hodges was not legally allowed to possess any firearm. Prosecutors only charged him with involuntary manslaughter.

Judge Arthur Willis revoked Hodges’ bail on the April case and set bail for the shooting death of his girlfriend at $50,000.


 

VERTIS PETERSON

Chicago judge claims bail 'reform' isn't dangerous to the public. The body count says otherwise.
Vertis Peterson- CPD Photo

On Oct. 9 of last year, prosecutors charged Vertis Peterson with felony possession of a firearm during a narcotics act. He went free after paying a $200 deposit by Judge David Navarro.

Are you noticing a pattern here? Navarro seems to have his hands on a lot of these dirtbags getting released on minimal bonds.

On Nov. 9, exactly one month later, Peterson, 26, got into an argument with a 63-year-old man who was walking down the 7100 block of South May in the city.

Peterson allegedly pulled out a handgun, walked up to the older man, and shot him six times until the revolver ran out of bullets. The victim somehow survived, and Peterson was identified in a photo line-up, according to police.

Judge Charles beach ordered him held without bail.


 

ISRAEL VILLEGAS/ED RUSH

Chicago judge claims bail 'reform' isn't dangerous to the public. The body count says otherwise.

Last Nov. 26, 24-year-old Ed Rush was charged with first-degree murder for shooting 20-year-old Rayveon Hutchins to death as he was walking down the street. At the time of the murder, Rush was free on a recognizance bond despite the fact he had previously skipped bail on a battery case involving a police officer. The Chicago Tribune also reported that Rush is on probation for a misdemeanor gun violation.

After being arrested for battering police on Sept. 22, a judge let him go by requiring only a $500 deposit bond. The judge? David Navarro. Rush failed to appear at his next court date, however, was released on his own recognizance on Nov. 6.

The last of the “not so serious cases” referred to by Chief Judge Evans involves the 2018 case of 31-year-old Israel Villegas.

In Oct. 2018, Villegas was charged with murdering a 22-year-old man in the Chicago suburb of Cicero while he was out on “affordable bail” for his FIFTH illegal gun case. Viellegas shot Diomar Rangel six times in the chest during an argument. Police were able to track him down and witnesses identified him as being the shooter.

Court records indicated that Villegas was free on a $250 deposit bond that a judge set after prosecutors charged him with his fifth felony firearms violation and obstruction of justice. He was also supposed to have been on electronic monitoring at the time of the murder as well.

This is the criminal justice system that you get when liberals are put in charge of the asylum. This is not just a Chicago problem From New York City to San Francisco, liberal judges, along with social justice prosecutors and district attorneys are making the streets a lot more dangerous for law-abiding citizens, all in the name of some perceived “unfairness” in the criminal justice system. 

 


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