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posted: 6/5/2013 5:00 AM

Courts too easy on criminals

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The Daily Herald reported six dead, 22 wounded in Chicago over a recent weekend. Chicago reportedly has the toughest gun laws in the U.S., but the police are helpless to keep the gangs off the street.

Recently (as published in the Herald) a gang member was convicted of carrying a concealed weapon but released back into society when a judge ruled that the laws conflicted. On May 27, a known gang member with 33 prior arrests was arrested and charged with the murder of a 6-month-old girl because her father reportedly stole a game box system from the alleged killer. So why do the police bother to arrest these people when the courts simply let them go?

Chicago police are working hard to stop these crimes and get no help when they happen because of the Chicago gang "code of silence." Even the churches in Chicago can't break that code.

If the public knew the number of crimes committed on the CTA they would not even think about taking public transportation. Cameras on the CTA trains and buses do not stop crime, although in some cases, if given to police, arrests are made, but convictions are hard to find. The bad judges keep getting back into office because the Machine wants them there.

We the people must stop this revolving door for the criminals and make the judges accountable and follow the law. Throw these criminals in jail where they belong. If the jails get overcrowded, so what? They get what they deserve. Earl Hobbs

Rolling Meadows

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