3 Jan

Two systems of justice…David Gregory walks free while Iraq vet was jailed

Emily Miller @ The Washington Times:

It’s been more than a week since police in Washington, D.C., opened an investigation into NBC’s David Gregory’s possession of a “high-capacity magazine” that’s prohibited in the District on on national TV. Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier’s spokesman refused Monday to respond to whether Mr. Gregory had even been interviewed yet. This is a rather curious departure for a city that has been ruthless in enforcing this particular firearms statute against law-abiding citizens who made an honest mistake.

In July, The Washington Times highlighted the plight of former Army Spc. Adam Meckler, who was arrested and jailed for having a few long-forgotten rounds of ordinary ammunition — but no gun — in his backpack in Washington. Mr. Meckler, a veteran of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, says he had no idea it was illegal to possess unregistered ammunition in the city. He violated the same section of D.C. law as Mr. Gregory allegedly did, and both offenses carry the same maximum penalty of a $1,000 fine and a year in jail.

Mr. Meckler was charged with the crime and was forced to accept a plea deal to avoid the cost and time of a protracted legal fight. The indefensible nature of Mr. Meckler’s case led directly to a new law passed by the D.C. Council in December that allows prosecutors to file civil instead of criminal charges, but only if the accused was unaware of the city’s laws.

That exemption probably wouldn’t apply to Mr. Gregory, who held up a 30-round rifle magazine on his show on Dec. 23 to make his point about the need to ban them. NBC asked the police in advance for permission to bring the contraband into Washington for the interview with National Rifle Association’s Wayne LaPierre, but it was not granted.

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Curt served in the Marine Corps for four years and has been a law enforcement officer in Los Angeles for the last 20 years.

5 Responses to Two systems of justice…David Gregory walks free while Iraq vet was jailed

  1. Nan G says: 1

    I don’t know about Army Spc. Adam Meckler’s case except what is posted here.
    But in CA merely forgetting a gun or ammo in a bag at an airport leads to revocation of all gun permits.
    In the entire family traveling together.
    Other reasons CA revokes gun permits:
    DUI
    Protective order
    Domestic violence
    Weapons violation
    Felony
    Assault
    Mental
    Sexual assault
    Drugs
    Warrant
    Harrassment
    Interfering with arrest
    Brandishing
    And there are others, too.

    Seems sometimes like the CA police are just looking for guns to confiscate and permits to revoke.

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  2. Scott in Oklahoma says: 2

    Unregistered ammo? What? And the DC Police refuse to give NBC perrmission for the magazine, so NBC says “hey, we’re big time TV, we don’t have to follow no stinkin’ law…”

    It’s no surprise the DCPD hasn’t acted, the whole city has a culture of corruption… crack ho’ for a mayor who gets re-elected after serving in prison, yeah he’s a role model. Our capital is an embarassment to our country, top to bottom.

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  3. jorge says: 3

    Nan G…

    You forgot about ‘Pistol Packin’ Don Perata (D. ex-state senator, Alameda). When he “forgot” the loaded handgun in his carryon bag, it was explained away that because he was working so hard to destroy everything good in CA, he didn’t have time to remember trival things. Result.. no charges, no revocation of permit (yes he is CCW), no anything if you have a ‘D’ behind your name.

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  4. mathman says: 4

    One law for thee, and another law for me.
    Whee!
    Isn’t it fun to be a privileged class?
    And here I thought we rebelled against the British Empire to get away from the priviliges extended to members of particular classes!
    Oh, and Gregory gets guns in HIS school, but does not want them in OURS.
    It must be really nice to have a “get out of jail free” card!

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  5. this is not right, it has to level, the GOVERNMENT MEDIA GET FAVORS,
    AND THE MILITARY GET THE PRISON,
    I sure hope he’s not there as we speak,
    what kind of way to treat a IRAQ WARRIOR, IS UNACCEPTABLE,
    how lower can the fall, they reach the bottum already in 4 years,
    is the FBI SOLD TO THEM, FOR DISREGARDING SUCH AN UNJUST ACTION.
    DAVID GREGORY YOU HAVE BEEN DECLARE A FELON
    THAT IS LIKE THE OTHER FELON FOR A LIFE LABEL
    THEN WHO IS PROTECTING THE PEOPLE ,MORE THOSE WHO COME BACK FROM THE WAR,
    AS IF IT WAS A NORMAL PLACE TO HAVE BEEN, THAT’S THE MINDSET OF THIS GOVERNMENT
    SHAME

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