Monday, October 19, 2015

Racist Idiot KY "Prosecutor" Pretends to Know Law

First of all, you don't even have to have a high school diploma in this state to be an "assistant county attorney".  Pass the bar, yes.  High school diploma, no. They are not elected, but rather hired by the elected county attorney, most of whom hand out "assistant" jobs to their idiot nephews who can't get real jobs.

Secondly, "assistant county attorneys" hardly qualify for the title "prosecutor."  They handle misdemeanor cases in traffic court.  My dog could do a better job.

Because my dog is not a racist shit-head.
Being Hispanic in Oldham County, Kentucky is enough to be pulled over by a cop, according to one prosecutor. You can also be coerced into a plea deal if you have a certain last name.
Last July, Mauro Martinez was pulled over for speeding but he was not charged. Instead, he was cited for not having a license because he only had a Guatemalan ID at the time. During a court hearing about the citation, Assistant County Attorney Travis Combs pointed out that the defendant’s issue was that he was pulled over for being Hispanic. In a video recording of the hearing, prosecuting attorney John K. Carter says “that’s probable cause.”

After a video of the exchange was circulated by the Courier-Journal, Carter reversed course and said the speed at which Martinez was driving was probable cause. But the judge presiding over the case and Martinez’ defense attorney, Dawn Elliot, did not interpret Carter’s remarks that way.


“Clearly he had an opportunity to clear that up on the record over 24 hours ago, but now there’s buzz about it,” Elliot said. “My reaction and the judge’s reaction speaks for itself. We certainly interpreted him talking about probable cause for my client’s ethnicity.”

Elliot believes Carter’s comment highlights a growing trend of racially profiling Hispanics in the county. She claims that prior to Martinez’ trial, she was informed by an assistant attorney that there is a special form for “people that have that type of last name” to plead guilty. If people without driver’s licenses are stopped, as Martinez was, officers encourage them to sign the form and agree to two years of unsupervised probation. If they are caught driving again without proper ID, they can be sentenced to jail for 90 days.
Elliot is calling for an investigation of the county's officers.  Oldham County, by the way, borders Louisville, which spurred some white flight a few years ago when it merged the city and county.  Looks like Oldham got its share of racist shitheads.

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