|WELL, SOME MORE THAN OTHRS|
Three years ago the Illinois News Broadcasters Association reported that it had written Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez Monday that it “strongly protests” efforts by Alvarez to force Northwestern University’s Innocence Project to give up notes, off-the-record interviews, grades and even e-mails related to the project.
Another member of the group, Pat Hunt, added, "According to official statics cited by the People's Hearing on Police Violence, from 2009 to 2011, there have been 55 deaths committed by the Chicago Police Department. 94% of these deaths are non-white. It's easy for Alvarez and the CPD to pat themselves on the back for brutalizing peaceful protestors, but when it comes to confronting the structural racism of Chicago law enforcement they are silent and useless."
Or why did Ms. Alvarez push for the conviction of Sebastian Senakiewicz, who is now in boot camp for a crime that didn't really happen. Senakiewicz, as Freedom Watch reports, "... never made a bomb. He was never found with any explosive-making materials; authorities thoroughly searched his house. The Polish immigrant did, however, tell a boastful lie that has landed him a stint at boot camp. Just days before the Chicago NATO summit last May, Senakiewicz drunkenly told undercover agents that he had two homemade explosives hidden in his Chicago residence in a hollowed-out Harry Potter book. A search of his home found the bombs to be as fictitious as the boy wizard — there weren’t even any Harry Potter books at the address. However, did I mention the twenty four year old is a described as an anarchist.
One of Senakiewicz’ attorneys, Jeff Frank, criticized Cook County’s treatment of his client (known to friends as “Sabi”). “Honestly, how serious was this case? Does this rise to the level of what this statute was designed for? No. Sabi is guilty of imprudent language. That’s hardly grounds to extract a guilty plea for a serious felony, but that’s how Ms. Alvarez has chosen to spend the taxpayers resources,” he said.
In November, African-American elected officials launched a short-lived effort to derail Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez’ re-election. The Sun Times reported Ald. Howard Brookins was "...unhappy with Alvarez for targeting Northwestern University journalism students; for failing to convict a police officer for drunk driving in a crash that killed two people; and for handing off an investigation of how her office handled a case involving former Mayor Richard Daley’s nephew. And he accused her of being unresponsive to African-American elected officials."
Other committeemen joining him echoed those complaints.
You get the drift. I could go on, but it would get old and it is getting late.