Nathan Haddad update

Nathan HaddadWe’ve mentioned Nathan Haddad in these pages before. He’s the New York veteran of four deployments who’s being pursued for 35 years by the same rabid liberal Democrat New York prosecutors who routinely deal murderers down to 14 years or less (the guy who ambushed several upstate firemen was a beneficiary of such a prosecutorial deal). Got that? Murder: 17 years (for the fireman killer). Possession of leftover GI magazines: 35 years.

If that’s the law in New York, and under these corrupt prosecutors it is, the law is a horse’s ass indeed. Here’s an update on his case from Cornell clinical law professor, Bill Jacobson.

Nathan is a decorated soldier who has been recognized for his community service in helping other veterans.

Nathan was charged with 5 felony counts for possession of empty 30-bullet [sic] magazines.

Nathan had a court appearance today.  I have confirmed that prosecutors insist on pursuing criminal charges, offering Nathan the opportunity to plead guilty to 5 Class A Misdemeanors.  The plea would not result in jail time, but would result in Nathan having a criminal record which would cause him to lose his civilian job with the Department of Defense.

Nathan’s attorney, Seth Buchman, told me that Nathan is not willing to take the plea because of the criminal record, and that their position is that the charges never should have been brought.

The case is being prosecuted under the old NY gun law, not the new law recently passed, as the arrest took place prior to enactment of the new law.

via » NY Prosecutors to press case against retired special forces soldier in high capacity magazine case – Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion.

The New York media are, not surprisingly, lining up with the prosecutors and against Haddad. Heck, he’s a veteran: that’s all the proof most news mites need, to know that somebody’s a bad guy.

Prosecutors, certainly, are out of control, but so are the legislators that give them these dumb-ass laws in the first place. We do have leverage, though. Prosecutors are who they are because they are politicians in the larval stage. We need to name ‘em and shame ‘em — and ensure that they’re radioactive to city, county and state Democratic committees.

Our first post on Nathan Haddad links to his brother’s site that’s raising funds for Nathan’s defense.

In the longer term, there is also something seriously missing from the Bill of Rights: the notion that felony crimes can exist without any criminal intent is well established in today’s law, but when you consider it carefully, it shocks the conscience. Any new law that criminalizes any damn thing ought to have a mens rea requirement.

6 thoughts on “Nathan Haddad update

  1. Bill T

    My heart hurts to think that a decorated SF Veteran of 4 combat deployments would or could be treated so badly by elected officials who would not make a pimple on Nathan Hadad’s *ss! I can only hope that out of twelve jurors ONE or MORE will see the injustice and set him free. I pray to God that this is the case.
    Will donate to Nathan’s defense fund.
    “Hold Fast Brother!”

    1. Bill T

      Let me add a slight correction, Nathan was injured trying to qualify for SF. He did not deploy as SF but the Big Army has lots of heroes too. He’s still considered a brother!!

      1. Hognose Post author

        Yeah, I have been trying to get to the bottom of that. I used to have good connections in the NG SF units that draw on upstate NY but connections grow stale with time and age. He may have been on a training team (prepping to go to SFAS/QC) but because his shoulder injury happened in ROK, I presume he was doing some training with SF instructors. Anyway it doesn’t matter. Anybody who deployed four times deserves some respect even if he was a finance clerk (hey, the finance guys helped me out when I got medevaced!)

  2. Dan Barry

    Hognose,

    I do know SSG Haddad from when I was stationed at Fort Drum from December 2003-December 2007. A solid guy, great friend and a very motivated soldier, who unfortunately had pretty bad luck with his injuries. I think the original articles from 2009 regarding his injuries are actually confusing two separate training injuries, one sustained in South Korea and one during SFAS.

    My memory is a bit hazy, but I think he was an MI soldier in some capacity (possibly a ground surveillance radar operator?), but his MOS was cancelled by the Army while he was on some sort of physical profile, which made it difficult to reclass. (He did still deploy with 2nd Brigade, 10th Mountain from 2004-2005). He eventually healed up enough to attend SFAS, where he sustained a shoulder injury which eventually led to his medical retirement. I haven’t kept in touch with him since late 2007, however, so the details could be hazy. However, I’m sure my version is “less wrong” than what was published in 2009. Nate is a solid guy, and wouldn’t make any attempt to embellish his service or claim accomplishments which aren’t his.

    1. Hognose Post author

      Thanks a bunch, Dan. I never thought Haddad was trying to seize any undue credit, just that reporters had his story wrong. In defense of reporters (!) they’re generalists and our Army stuff is pretty complex and things that mean the world to us, don’t even register to them.
      As far as I’m concerned, even to try out for SFAS is a sign of a highly motivated soldier. Here’s hoping he doesn’t wind up in Upstate “with all the pervos and hardened prestoopniks.”

      1. Dan Barry

        I appreciate that you and other bloggers have been sharing this story. I actually found out about it from another blog I subscribed to, and my heart really sank when I realized that it was someone I knew. It appears that he’s taking a huge risk by not accepting the offered plea bargain.

        One of the interesting things about this is that while I was stationed at Drum no one ever briefed us about the possibility that possession of magazines could be a felony charge. We knew that the gun laws in NYS were very strict, but no one ever mentioned that simply possessing a magazine after leaving the service could result in imprisonment. You and I know every soldier manages to accumulate quite a lot of “random military junk” that isn’t required to be turned in, and GI magazines often fall into that category. I’m just speculating here, but this means that there are potentially thousands of former military personnel and retirees in the area who are at risk of being convicted as felons because they’re not paying attention to what’s in their old toughbox full of random crap.

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