Criminal Lobby is Rolling in Cash—Thank Soros

President Trump last week met with California public officials who oppose the state’s sanctuary law which, as the president said, “provides safe harbor to some of the most vicious and violent offenders on Earth, like MS-13 gang members putting innocent men, women and children at the mercy of sadistic criminals.

California Governor Jerry Brown tweeted that Trump “is lying on immigration, lying about crime and lying about the laws of CA,” though the short-timer chief executive offered no details. Brown did not note, for example, that Luis Bracamontes, who gunned down police officers Danny Oliver and Michael Davis in 2014, was a Mexican national in the country illegally, and had not been handed over to officials for deportation.

Brown did not recall that San Francisco officials released Jose Inez Garcia Zarate—or whatever his real name is—rather than hand him over to federal immigration officials. In July 2015, the repeatedly deported Mexican national gunned down Kate Steinle on a San Francisco pier. Trump mentioned the case during his campaign but Brown did not say how the president might have lied about it. Prosecutors said the case was all about “immigrants’ rights.”

California Democrats claim they are not protecting criminals but they keep federal official from the jails where false-documented illegals are already in custody. State Supreme Court Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye objects to federal ICE agents “stalking” illegals in courthouses. Public officials who swear to uphold the Constitution have instead become a criminals’ lobby.

This is not a new development in the Golden State.

Shielding Killers
Protecting false-documented felons from deportation is dangerous for innocent civilians. Yet, Governor Brown charged that it was Trump’s policies that were “reckless,” tweeting “we, the citizens of the fifth largest economy in the world, are not impressed.”

Nobody in the state’s media establishment pointed out that economies don’t have citizens. No state pundit recalled that in 1976, 1980 and 1992, Jerry Brown ran for President of the United States, an actual nation that does have citizens. Nobody recalled that the worst murderer in state history was not even supposed to be in the United States.

Mexican national Juan Corona was deported in 1956 but again violated U.S. immigration law. By 1960, the Mexican became a labor contractor for local American farmers, including Goro Kagehiro. Corona murdered, sodomized and mutilated at least 25 farm workers, and not a single one was Mexican.

Today, if employer Goro Kagehiro reported Juan Corona to federal authorities, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra would fine the grower and let Corona do as he pleased. If ICE agents sought to contact Corona in a courthouse, state Supreme Court boss Cantil-Sakauye would call that “stalking.” And any attempt to protect innocent people from this predator would be branded “reckless” by California’s hereditary governor Jerry Brown, who gave sanctuary to AIM fugitive Dennis Banks back in the 1970s.

Muddling DNA Evidence
Last month, Brown and Becerra stayed rather quiet when Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert announced the arrest of Joseph James DeAngelo. The D.A. is charging that the 72-year-old former police officer was the Golden State Killer, the Original Night Stalker, and the East Area Rapist who terrorized the state from the late 1970s through 1986.

With 12 murders and more than 40 rapes, DeAngelo was by some accounts the most prolific criminal to avoid capture. DNA was crucial to the arrest and victims and relatives alike expressed relief that their nightmares were over.

The Golden State Killer’s murder victims included Keith Harrington, 24, and his wife, Patrice Harrington, 27, who was also raped in the 1980 crime. As Keith’s brother Bruce Harrington explained, when DNA kicked in as a crime-solving tool, he urged the State Senate’s public safety committee to establish a DNA database but “ran into a buzz saw of opposition.” The loudest anti-DNA voice was Senate boss John Burton, who chaired the state Democratic Party until 2017. After the DeAngelo arrest, the anti-DNA forces mounted another surge.

“If there’s anything to be cautious about,” wrote Erika Smith of the Sacramento Bee,“it’s the collection and storage of genetic material from thousands, if not millions, of people.” For McClatchy national correspondent Stuart Leavenworth, the tactic of DNA matching “has put genetic testing companies on the defensive and raised questions about their ability to protect consumer privacy as investigators increasingly seek out DNA databases to solve crimes.”

Police got DeAngelo’s DNA from the rape kits. Sheriff Scott Jones deployed a team of officers who got more DNA from objects the criminal discarded after they identified him through a relative who left a sample on GEDmatch, an open-source database. Schubert organized the press conference that brought district attorneys from central and southern California, where the Golden State Killer had raped and murdered.

The arrest was a long-delayed triumph, but Schubert finds herself a target of a criminals’ lobby bankrolled by leftist billionaire George Soros. In the June 5 election, Soros money is promoting  Noah Phillips, a self-proclaimed progressive who touts “social justice” themes.

As the Sacramento Bee reports, “Soros has funneled about $400,000 to Phillips through his California Justice & Public Safety PAC” and has been “spending heavily this year to flip district attorney races for progressive candidates all over California and in several other states.”

Jerry Brown, proud citizen of the world’s fifth-largest economy, has no problem with that. Neither does the state’s former state attorney general, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, who got her start under Willie Brown (literally) and received $5,400 from Soros for her 2016 senate campaign. Clearly, “justice” doesn’t come cheap.

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About Lloyd Billingsley

Lloyd Billingsley is the author of Hollywood Party and other books including Bill of Writes and Barack ‘em Up: A Literary Investigation. His journalism has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Spectator (London) and many other publications. Billingsley serves as a policy fellow with the Independent Institute.

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