We’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.
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.