Cops at the scene of Vinent-Barcia’s alleged murder of his girlfriend in 2018. Credit/Robert Miller
A judge in New York unbelievably ordered the release of a career criminal charged with brutally stabbing his girlfriend to death, an attack captured on video, because he might contract COVID-19 while in prison.
Via the New York Post:
State Supreme Court Justice Mark Dwyer freed Pedro Vinent-Barcia, 63, and 15 other inmates after the Legal Aid Society filed a petition arguing that their detention exposed them to serious medical harm in the midst of a pandemic sweeping through city jails.
Prosecutors objected, citing the brutality of the crime and the defendant’s criminal record. …
The gruesome attack was captured on surveillance video and witnessed by numerous bystanders, according to court papers.
After cops nabbed him, he allegedly asked, “Is she dead? I hope so.”
Given that he allegedly told the police he hoped his girfriend he was dead, and his criminal past, this seems outrageous.
Would the suspect be potentially exposed to the coronavirus while awaiting trial? Possibly.
But given the nature of the crime, that it was caught on video and witnessed by numerous bystanders to release this man is a travesty.
This judge should be ashamed of himself as he has released a dangerous person back onto the street of New York City.
This kind of thing plus the horrible coronavirus outbreak could be the end of New York City and other big cities run by leftists as we know them:
Via Joel Kotkin at Tablet:
Yet today, New York faces a looming existential crisis brought on by the coronavirus. It suffers the largest outbreak of infection by far, accounting for the largest numbers of both cases and deaths outside of Wuhan and Milan. New York is home to nearly half of the coronavirus cases in the United States, and a majority of deaths.
What’s particularly ominous for New York’s future is that the best way to slow the spread of the virus—social distancing—works against the very things that make Gotham so appealing. The very pleasures and crowded realities of urban life, such as mass transit, are particularly susceptible to pandemics. As New Yorkers are told to avoid crowded subways, subway traffic is down 60% and commuter train traffic by as much as 90%.
Cities like New York pay a price for being both dense and cosmopolitan. As a new study from Heartland Forward reveals, the prime determinants of high rates of infection include such things as density, percentage of foreign residents, age, presence of global supply chains, and reliance on tourism and hospitality. Globally, the vast majority of cases occur in places that are both densely populated and connected to the global economy. Half of all COVID-19 cases in Spain, for example, have occurred in Madrid, while the Lombardy region in Italy, which includes the city of Milan, accounts for roughly half of all cases in the country and over 60% of the deaths. …
The suburbs and rural parts of the country have been hit by the coronavirus less hard than more densely populated areas.
Under Rudy Giuliani, the city overcame the violence and disorder that made it seem utterly ungovernable in the 1970s. By being willing to take on public employees, advocacy groups, and the media, Giuliani helped make the city a safer and somewhat more efficient place; a net positive to most New Yorkers.
Michael Bloomberg, Giuliani’s mayoral successor, built on these achievements, but with a distinctly more elitist focus: Bloomberg’s vision was of a “luxury city” concentrated in Manhattan and fashionable parts of Brownstone Brooklyn—a city for billionaires like himself. …
Bloomberg’s successor, Bill de Blasio, who ran against the notion of “two New Yorks,” ultimately managed to only accelerate the city’s social unraveling. De Blasio’s policies on policing, notably bail reform, have engendered a noticeable rise in crime, including on the subways. If the virus doesn’t get you on your evening commute, it’s possible that a mugger will.
Because of leftists like De Blasio and Cuomo New York City was already declining.
More people fled the greater New York City region than any other big city to move to places like Texas that offer greater freedoms and opportunities.
The coronavirus crisis will likely accelerate that trend.
Unless politicians in that city and state see the writing on the wall, and reverse course quickly, their city and state is doomed to more decay and outflow of people.
But what are the odds of that happening?
This was originally published at The Federalist Papers and was reprinted with permission.
*This article may not be reprinted without expressed permission from The Federalist Papers.
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