Bob Owens

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Criminal justice under siege in Texas

Written By: Bob - Apr• 02•13

Someone or some group is at war with authorities near Dallas, TX:

District Attorney Mike McLelland, and his wife, Cynthia McLelland, were shot dead in their home two months after McLelland publicly vowed to track down the killer of Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse, shot dead in public on January 31.

The twin killings have rocked mostly rural Kaufman County on the eastern outskirts of Dallas, and several law enforcement officials have called them a direct attack on the criminal justice system.

The Reuters article cites unfounded speculation that the Aryan Brotherhood was behind the killings. Another report specifically condemns claims of Aryan Brotherhood involvement. I wouldn’t hazard a guess as to who is involved, but I would take a look at the effect these murders seem to be having upon the criminal justice system.

The assassination of any government official—in any capacity, be it a dogcatcher or district attorney—is typically fielded with shock, and felt by the citizenry as an attack upon the community itself. This is particularly in evidence when the crime is not a one-off isolated event, and is compounded when the killer or killers is willing to expand their attacks to include “collateral damage” in the form of innocent bystanders, or personalizes the attacks by targeting family members when the primary target is unavailable.

The killing of Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse was a shock, and one a shaken citizenry could possibly explain away as an attack by an individual mad at Hasse who had his revenge and who will now go dormant and cease to be a threat. The additional brutal murders of District Attorney Mike McLelland, and his wife, Cynthia McLelland, have not be conclusively linked to the Hasse murder, but the connection has been made by the criminal justice system and the citizenry all the same. Speculation is reality at this point. All that is known for certain is that two prominent members of the legal community have been gunned down in targeted killings, and the addition of Cynthia McLelland suggests that the killer has no qualms about gunning down anyone nearby who might be a witness. This creates a chilling environment on the local criminal justice system.

I suspect that these three deaths will ratchet up the security around other possible targets will likely prevent a third attack and additional murder victims, but what if it doesn’t? If a third successful attack takes place, we’re likely to see a localized terrorism dynamic kick into high gear, and greatly affect the local criminal justice system. This stretches beyond just the district attorney’s office and court clerks to judges, local police and Sheriffs, and to a lesser degree, the family members of those who work within the system.

There will be an increase in people taking sick time and vacations, and an uptick in the number of people leaving positions they feel are dangerous to work in similar fields in “safe” jurisdictions, or leaving what they now view as a high-risk career field entirely. Efficiency within the system will degrade.

Should the situation further degrade under more attacks without suspects being captured (or at least identified), then Katie bar the door.

We could see the effects of outright terrorism working itself out through the system and to the community at large as is common today in many parts of Mexico. The goal of such terrorism is presumably to cripple the local criminal justice system in order to allow organized criminal syndicates to run amok.

Can it happen here? We’d like to think not, but the fact of the matter is that it has before, and could easily do so again.

Update: A prosecutor has resigned as a result of these murders.

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  1. redc1c4 says:

    Resident Evil asked me if i had heard about these killings last night, and she had independently come to the same suspicion i had when i heard about them.

    whoever is getting close enough to get the drop on alert, forewarned targets is either personally known to them, or presents as someone they should not suspect, most likely as a LEO.

    this will not end well.

  2. Aryan Brotherhood? Let’s go exactly the opposite direction and racial group from what this most likely is. This is exactly how the Mexican drug cartels take over a local justice system.

    These prosecutors have gone after Mexican drug cartels, and they’re importing what worked south of the border into Texas. A certain someone is sitting in jail, and people in the system will die until said someone walks, and the rest stay bought.

    It is high time for the US to end the War on Drugs to starve the cartels, and to sit the US Army on the Mexican border to close it from smuggling. “All enemies, foreign and domestic”

    • thebronze says:


    • A followup: Breitbart interviewed McLelland about his work on a multi-state task force targeting the Mexican drug cartels.

      If the Aryan Brotherhood is involved, it’s because the Mexicans are running the show and paying them to be muscle.

      The War on Drugs will soon turn into the War for the Southwest if we don’t respond quickly AND correctly.

  3. Chaz says:

    Surely all these new blue-state gun restrictions will make this impossible in the future…

  4. Jeff Hoser says:

    Look to the drug cartels. This is their MO.

    NOt only do we need to secure our border but we need to send some of our battle-hardened troops south into “bad-guy country” to deliver a message the survivors and their progeny will recall for decades >Jeff

  5. JB says:

    criminals killing criminals. no one cares.

  6. smitty says:

    If this has any connection to Mexican drug cartels and such, it serves as more evidence that it’s time to put an end to the War on *some* Drugs.

    There could be another possibility too. That a person or persons mistreated by the criminal justice system may be out to settle old scores.

    While it’s called a criminal justice system, in many case it’s merely a criminal system which lacks justice, at least as the Founders understood justice.

    History records examples of people rising up to violently challenge corrupt judicial systems. Generally, the American system, state as well as federal, is extremely corrupt.

    The massive numbers of laws (something not expected or envisioned by the Founders) have required a sort of mass-production approach to criminal justice called plea bargaining. The result is massive injustice and mass-incarceration.

    Plea bargaining didn’t even exist in the Founding era. Had the British practiced plea bargaining, Jefferson would certainly have included it in the list of grievances in the Declaration of Independence.

    Prosecutors often intimidate defendants into guilty pleas by means including-but not limited to-stacking multiple bogus charges; indicting or threatening to indict loved ones or friends; threatening draconian sentences if a trial is insisted upon while offering much-reduced sentencing by accepting a plea bargain.

    In addition to exerting pressure to plead guilty, the bogus charges and threats to indict give the prosecutor something to offer in exchange for the guilty plea (dismissal of some charges).

    Judges exert pressure by denial of all or almost all pre-trial motions, regardless of merit. Judges also help to break a defendant by approval of prosecutorial misbehavior.
    Defendants that can’t afford bail face the pressure of rotting in jail for long periods just waiting for trial. For those having not experienced being caged, it is a form of torture, very helpful in pressuring defendants to take a plea bargain.

    The American ‘justice’ system is such that felonies are nearly exclusively applied to the rabble, the rich and/or well-connected being practically immune (note that there have been zero prosecutions of the high-level bankers and Wall Street types responsible for the recent financial shenanigans that nearly caused worldwide economic collapse).

    High level government functionaries are nearly completely immune to the rule of law being applied to them for their criminal behaviors. Especially presidents, since Nixon escaped being prosecuted for his crimes, there has been no serious effort to hold the occupants of high office accountable. Each incoming president quashes any effort to investigate and prosecute the previous president for criminal behaviors, fully expecting his successor to do likewise.

    Obviously we’ve lost rule of law and its replacement is rule of men.

    Particularly galling is the ruthless application of accountability of even the silliest of laws to the rabble, as well as the merciless draconian sentences handed out to the rabble upon conviction.

    If there was anything near to equal application of the law, there would have been an effort to prosecute in the case of MSM celebrity David Gregory’s waving a high-capacity rifle magazine on national television, in D.C., knowingly in clear violation of a D.C. law, after he had been officially advised by authorities not to do so. Naturally, accountability would not be appropriate in his case, as he is sort of a member of the higher echelon, accountability being reserved only for the rabble…

    There are two very good books well worth reading in order to understand the state of criminal justice in America:

    With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful by Glenn Greenwald

    Three Felonies A Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent by Harvey Silverglate

  7. Samuel Adams says:

    Let’s face it. The justice system in Amerika is broken. There is no such thing as the rule of law and especially not equal protection under the law.

    With all the unjust laws currently on the books, heck slowing the system down might have a positive effect.

  8. thebronze says:

    I’m reading “Unintended Consequences” by John Ross right now. Sounds kind of like that.

    My guess is this is linked to Mexican DTO’s, but we’ll see.

  9. Elisheva says:

    “Justice system” is a contradiction in terms. Justice must be individual, any systematic application of law is not just. So, although I certainly do not approve of the murder of anyone, including corrupt DAs (and they are all corrupt insofar as they play the game). I also do not consider anyone innocent except the wife of the DA. These people perpetrate injustice on a daily basis, with ridiculous and indefensible charges, capricious charges,stacking of charges in order to obtain guilty pleas to lesser charges, the lack of speedy trials, indefinite incarceration. Sooner of later, the system is bound to fall to anarchy, because it has become so anyway. It is certainly not about getting dangerous criminals off the streets. It is a lawless system in which only the lawyers gain anything.

    • Mark Matis says:

      I would only note that, along with their 2 AM raid firing a flash-bang into a residence, their standard for collateral deaths has been “If they weren’t associating with criminals, they would not have been harmed.” If the DA was corrupt as so many seem to be, I feel no sorrow for his wife’s death. He looked the other way too many times in similar situations. Until the traitors in this country feel the full results of their treason, they shall continue unabated.