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Tuesday, August 13, 2013
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Fair Coverage?
Guest: Christopher Varner
"Many on the left say police and prosecutors are going after black Americans and are putting non-violent offenders of all colors in prison in a cruel and unjust way. New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof wrote about a Tennessee man named Edward Young, who was recently sentenced to 15 years in a federal prison for violating the 'career criminal' statute. Kristof called the sentence an outrage, saying police found 'forgotten shotgun shells as well as some stolen goods' in Young's home. But here's the truth about Edward Young: He has a rap sheet that includes 22 felony charges, 11 of which are classified as 'violent.' Young was facing three state counts of felony burglary for crimes committed in 2011, and authorities say Young brought his 14-year-old son with him while he was committing some of the crimes. Somehow Nicholas Kristof didn't mention any of that, so a reader is left to believe that the U.S. government put a caring father away for 15 years simply because he had a few shotgun shells in his possession. That's totally bogus, and that kind of propaganda is all over the place. The left is hell-bent on portraying the system as corrupt and racist; it wants Americans to believe that the prisons are full of non-violent offenders. Talking Points understands that no justice system is perfect and there is some unfairness in the U.S. criminal code, but the truth is that crime in this country has dropped dramatically, partially because of harsh punishment for career criminals. Edward Young is a career criminal and, worse, he is corrupting his 14-year-old son. And Nicholas Kristof wants us to feel sorry for this guy? Good grief!"

To get Edward Young's side of the story, The Factor welcomed Young's attorney Christopher Varner. "It is highly unlikely," Varner said, "that any of the state charges would have equaled the 15 years he received in the federal system. He pleaded guilty because all the government had to prove is that he had the shotgun shells and he knew he had the shotgun shells, not that he knew that was illegal. Very simply stated, the state prison time almost certainly would have been far less than the 15 years in federal prison. He's never even been accused of a firearms violation, he has never been armed." The Factor reiterated that Young got his just desserts: "He was going to go down on the burglary charges. You know he did it, I know he did it, everybody knows he did it. And the guy has 22 beefs on his rap sheet already!"
Stop and Frisk
Guest: Defense Attorney Jeffrey Lichtman
Federal Judge Shira Sheindlin has ruled that New York City's 'stop-and-frisk' policy, often credited with the city's precipitous drop in crime, is not constitutional. Criminal defense attorney Jeffrey Lichtman entered the No Spin Zone and defended the judge's ruling. "For every 69 times a police officer stops a target who he believes has a gun," Lichtman said, "he finds one gun. Only 5% of all the stops made result in an arrest, so it doesn't really impact the crime rate, and 80% of the people they are stopping are black or Hispanic." The Factor challenged Lichtman with pure, unadulterated facts: "You're desperately wrong. Chicago doesn't have stop-and-frisk and their murder rate is 19 per 100,000 population. New York City's murder rate is 5 per 100,000. In cities that use stop-and-frisk like New York, the murder rate is much lower."
Brutal Bus Beating
Guest: Criminal Defense attorney Eric Schwartzreich
The three black teens who savagely beat a younger white classmate on a Florida school bus were in court Tuesday. Prosecutors are asking for only nine months probation for at least two of the teens, a punishment The Factor discussed with defense attorney Eric Schwartzreich. "Society is judged by the way we treat our children," Schwartzreich stated, "and prosecutors have chosen to charge these teens as juveniles. They could have put them in the adult court system, which is punitive, but the purpose of the juvenile system is to rehabilitate. This was a heinous and atrocious act, but they are still children!" The Factor contended that the teens are getting off easy: "I would have given them probation until they're 18. The system is meant to protect people and these three almost killed a 13-year-old. Are you telling me that nine months probation would be okay with you if your kid was almost beaten to death?"
Voter ID Law
Guests: Monica Crowley & Alan Colmes
North Carolina has passed a law requiring citizens to present a photo ID before voting, raising strenuous objections from many liberal groups. Monica Crowley and Alan Colmes weighed in on the ID requirement. "North Carolina wants to narrow the kind of ID you can show," Colmes complained. "They are saying they will allow only one form of ID and they are addressing a problem that doesn't exist. This is being done to stop Democratic voters!" Crowley, however, argued that the new law makes perfect sense. "If it's okay to require photo ID to board an airplane or buy cigarettes, why is it not okay for the most sacred act of the republic, which is voting? States that have this voter ID law make it incredibly easy to get a free ID." The Factor ridiculed Colmes' assertion, saying, "This is absurd, you're telling me that some people in North Carolina can't get to the Department of Motor Vehicles!"
Three Hot Legal Stories
Guests: Kimberly Guilfoyle & Lis Wiehl
Legal analysts Lis Wiehl and Kimberly Guilfoyle began with the judge's ruling that New York City's "stop-and-frisk" policy violates the Constitution. "It doesn't make any sense," Wiehl declared. "The plaintiffs have not proven this is unconstitutional and the police say this judge has not liked cops for a long time." Guilfoyle turned to California and a new law that affects transgendered students. "Kids from kindergarten through 12th grade," she reported, "can go in and say that even though I'm listed as a boy, I want to be with the girls. Officials can't say, 'I don't believe you,' it's just how you self-identify." Finally, Wiehl reported on celebrity chef Paula Deen, who got good news when a racial discrimination case against her was dismissed. "The judge said to the plaintiff, 'You're white and you're filing a racial discrimination suit against Paula Deen, who is also white.' The judge said that part of the lawsuit is out, but left the sexual discrimination and hostile work environment portions of the case. There will be a settlement."
2016
Guest: Charles Krauthammer
The Factor welcomed Charles Krauthammer, who opined on the notion that Hillary Clinton is a lock to succeed President Obama. "She's not exactly invincible," Dr. K said. "The Republicans have a strong argument by pointing out that the country hasn't really done very well under Obama. And they have very attractive Senators like Marco Rubio and Rand Paul, they've got dynamic governors like Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, and Bobby Jindal, and there's Congressman Paul Ryan. Imagine a field of people of that quality in debates and compare that to the debates last time around. There is no guarantee at all that Hillary Clinton is going to win." Playing devil's advocate, The Factor reminded Krauthammer that Clinton will be a formidable candidate, saying, "She'll solidify the party behind her and she'll have a ton of money."
Ashton's Advice
Your kids would do well to heed the words of actor Ashton Kutcher, who extolled the virtue of hard and honest work as the keys to success in America.
Factor Words of the Day
Viewers sound off
Tim Fagerstrom, Ashville, NY: "Mr. O, incarceration costs about $40,000 a year per prisoner. Wouldn't that money be better spent on rehabilitation?"

Lawrence Gray, Kings Park, NY: "As an Assistant DA in the Bronx, I can tell you that drug dealing is a violent crime!"

Charlie Mae, St. Cloud, MN: "Jason the surfer dude on food stamps is a prime example of a person without pride or self respect. And our country is turning out millions of them."

Trudy Searle, Newburyport, MA: "Bill, I'm so glad you called Jason a parasite."
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