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We, the family and friends of innocent police officers and civilians who have been maliciously prosecuted and imprisioned by Jeanine Pirro, believe it is our moral obligation and responsibility to keep her from doing to the justice system and the Courts of New York State what she has done in Westchester County, New York. WE ARE DETERMINED TO STOPIRRO!!!!!!!

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

No one should have been giggling at the funeral of officer Enchauteguiā€™s; least of all Jeannine Pirro.


Justice can't be blind to past crimes
Bill Hammond, New York Daily News

ALBANY - Here's a little known but dismaying fact about the slaying of NYPD Officer Daniel Enchautegui: The accused triggerman, Steven Armento, should have been sitting in jail instead of stalking the streets of Pelham Bay with a loaded .357.
Armento had pleaded guilty to assault and animal cruelty charges only a few months before, admitting that he had sicced his pit bull on a Yonkers neighbor's dog, then punched the neighbor for trying to pull the dogs apart.
Given his history of 13 arrests and three prison terms, a rational justice system would have locked this thug away for as long as the law allowed - which, in this case, was a year.
But a pair of judges in Yonkers City Court ignored his novel-length rap sheet and treated the case as a routine misdemeanor. Armento skated away from his sentencing in August with a conditional discharge and $500 in fines. The judges might as well have thrown in a free car wash.
Westchester County District Attorney Jeanine Pirro's office made only a perfunctory pitch for jail time. Transcripts of the court hearings show that Pirro's assistants put up no real fight as the judges went easy on a chronic criminal.
And so Armento was a free man early on Dec. 11 when, according to police, he put a hollow-point bullet in Enchautegui's heart while fleeing a burglary.
The primary blame for Armento's nonpunishment lies at the feet of the two Yonkers judges: Arthur Doran, who offered Armento leniency in return for his guilty plea in April, and Thomas Daly, who followed through with the ludicrously light sentence in August. Doran and Daly probably never dreamed that a small-time thug with no previous record of violence would soon stand accused of first-degree murder. But it didn't take a psychic to foresee more arrests in Armento's future. Not including the 5-1/2 years in prison, he has averaged one collar for every 20 months of his adult life.

Pirro's operation didn't exactly cover itself in glory, either. Judges have the final say on sentencing, but prosecutors have a duty to raise hell when a menace to society gets a free pass. At the very least, they could have rehashed the details of Armento's 12 previous arrests - for drug possession, weapon possession, grand larceny, etc. - to remind the judges of exactly whom they were dealing with.

The tragic death of Enchautegui - along with the killing of Officer Dillon Stewart on Nov. 28 and the shootings of nine other officers since June - inspired the Daily News' campaign to beef up penalties for violence against police and for gun trafficking. In the past, Gov. Pataki also has proposed a "three strikes" law that would impose longer sentences on chronic misdemeanor offenders such as Armento.

But the toughest laws in the world won't make any difference unless officials take the trouble to enforce them vigorously. Originally published on December 20, 2005

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