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All charges dropped against cop in fatal crash (Chicago cop, drunk killed two)
Chicago Tribune ^ | June 4, 2010 | Matt Walberg

Posted on 06/04/2010 11:44:43 AM PDT by Second Amendment First

Edited on 06/04/2010 3:28:23 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

With a judge's earlier ruling that Chicago Police Officer John Ardelean had been arrested and detained without probable cause, Cook County prosecutors today dropped all charges against him in a crash that killed two people.

The 36-year-old officer was charged with drunken driving and reckless homicide after his SUV broadsided a car on Thanksgiving 2007.


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Ardeleanwalk612.jpgChicago Police Officer John Ardelean leaves the Cook County Criminal Courthouse today after drunk driving and reckless homicide charges against him were dropped in a crash that killed two people. (Michael Tercha/Chicago Tribune)
1 posted on 06/04/2010 11:44:43 AM PDT by Second Amendment First
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To: Second Amendment First

Chicago Way.


2 posted on 06/04/2010 11:45:51 AM PDT by library user
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To: Second Amendment First

The Chicago “Way”


3 posted on 06/04/2010 11:46:49 AM PDT by wac3rd (Gulf oil spews...Obama sues.)
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To: Second Amendment First

Sickening!


4 posted on 06/04/2010 11:47:11 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: Second Amendment First
Ah yes the Blue Code Of Silence strikes again.

CPD has officially covered up another murder by one of their own. Sleep well boys and girls.

Had this creep done this to my family I'd caption that picture "Dead Man Walking".

5 posted on 06/04/2010 11:47:13 AM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Second Amendment First

Typical corruption for the statist Chicago oligarchy.


6 posted on 06/04/2010 11:47:23 AM PDT by Sloth (Civil disobedience? I'm afraid only the uncivil kind is going to cut it this time.)
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To: Second Amendment First

I’m sure Obama is proud.


8 posted on 06/04/2010 11:48:23 AM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: Second Amendment First

I’m holding my breath for Obama to say this cop acted stupidly. Not.


9 posted on 06/04/2010 11:49:03 AM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: Lurker
Had this creep done this to my family I'd caption that picture "Dead Man Walking".

Exactly... Chicago's gun ban notwithstanding.

10 posted on 06/04/2010 11:49:08 AM PDT by Sloth (Civil disobedience? I'm afraid only the uncivil kind is going to cut it this time.)
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To: library user

You must be a mind reader. That is exactly what I was going to say. :-)


11 posted on 06/04/2010 11:49:13 AM PDT by Spunky (You are free to make choices, but not free from the consequences)
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To: Second Amendment First

This is dirty from the word “go” and any of our resident cop haters will tell you that I am NOT one of them. When the rubber hits the road, I defend the cop.

Not this time. This fothermucker deserved exactly what would have happened to any NON cop in the same case.


12 posted on 06/04/2010 11:49:53 AM PDT by Grunthor
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To: Second Amendment First
Free to drink and kill more citizens.
13 posted on 06/04/2010 11:51:06 AM PDT by Gabrial (The Whitehouse Nightmare will continue as long as the Nightmare is in the Whitehouse)
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To: library user

Violence begets violence.

Sometimes a family has to do what a family has to do.


14 posted on 06/04/2010 11:52:35 AM PDT by GeronL (Political Correctness Kills)
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To: wac3rd

“Do as I say, not as I do”. I would say it is the general state of the country, not just Chicago (although they are a poster child for corruption). Cops all over the country do this, they are above the law.


15 posted on 06/04/2010 11:53:51 AM PDT by mrsixpack36
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To: Second Amendment First

What ever happened to the Chicago cop who beat up the female bartender a couple of years ago? Nothing?


16 posted on 06/04/2010 11:57:36 AM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: Dayman

+1


17 posted on 06/04/2010 11:58:27 AM PDT by Niteranger68 (Boycott PA 12!)
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To: library user

Ya chicago way ...melding the mafia with government.


18 posted on 06/04/2010 11:59:07 AM PDT by dalebert
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To: Second Amendment First

This is not at all uncommon. The problem with the probable cause is that his fellow officers screwed up the case deliberately. They committed a crime and will get away with it. I have seen this personally too many times. They never follow procedure if they have the slightest chance of getting away with it.


19 posted on 06/04/2010 12:00:18 PM PDT by A Strict Constructionist (We are an Oligarchy now and worse if we fail. TeaParty On...)
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To: Second Amendment First

With due condolences to the family, perhaps someone should point out that thousands of American’s have been killed by drunken illegals over the years and we hear not a PEEP out of the victims or media about “racism” or the unfairness of it all...


20 posted on 06/04/2010 12:00:45 PM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: Second Amendment First

With due condolences to the family, perhaps someone should point out that thousands of American’s have been killed by drunken illegals over the years and we hear not a PEEP out of the victims or media about “racism” or the unfairness of it all...


21 posted on 06/04/2010 12:01:22 PM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: Second Amendment First
“Unfortunately, it was determined that there were insufficient grounds to appeal the ruling and without the ability to use the evidence that was suppressed, the State's Attorney's Office could not move forward with this case in the good faith that the law requires.”

This is where our legal system (we don't have a justice system) has gone off the rails and punishes the victims and their families twice.

If cops error in an arrest then the cops must be taken to task, fined, fired, whatever is appropriate, while KEEPING the evidence. The evidence is not bad but it is treated as such because of official misconduct or incompetence.

The pendulum has swung way too far towards the criminals.

Miranda is in need of a review but given the "get out of jail free card" to be exploited by trial attorneys it is doubtful their lawyer buddies in congress will change the law.

22 posted on 06/04/2010 12:01:25 PM PDT by Wurlitzer (Welcome to the new USSA (United Socialist States of Amerika))
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To: Second Amendment First

So, if you’re not drink it’s okay to kill someone with your car?


23 posted on 06/04/2010 12:01:50 PM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: Second Amendment First
Mayra Lagunas' sister, Victoria Lagunas, said she believed the family was denied justice because of racism.

There's no need to use the race card. The cop gets off in this situation, no matter who the victim is.

25 posted on 06/04/2010 12:03:14 PM PDT by TankerKC (R.I.P. Spc Trevor A. Win'E American Hero)
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To: Sloth

Exactly... Chicago’s gun ban notwithstanding.
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tie him to a chair and just keep pouring vodka into him until he’s comatose...


26 posted on 06/04/2010 12:03:35 PM PDT by Neidermeyer
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To: Second Amendment First

Must be nice. Joe six-pack would’ve been rotting in jail forever.


27 posted on 06/04/2010 12:06:13 PM PDT by b4its2late (Why does a slight tax increase cost you $200 and a substantial tax cut save you 30 cents?)
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To: A Strict Constructionist
This is not at all uncommon.

Unfortunately correct and it isn't always cops that walk. I knew a guy who killed an elderly pedestrian years ago while drinking. He spent one night in jail and got a good lawyer and ended up with probation. I know another guy who has been arrested for drunk driving at least 8 different times.

Several years ago a local off duty cop was in an accident while drinking. He lost his job and got probation.
28 posted on 06/04/2010 12:07:36 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Second Amendment First

The prosecutors lied to the family and the judge must be corrupt. At some point some victim of a corrupt judge will be a target of street justice and I for one will be neither shocked or surprised.


29 posted on 06/04/2010 12:09:34 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: library user

Sickening.


30 posted on 06/04/2010 12:11:26 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Second Amendment First
This is not limited to Chicago. In the small rural town in which I live a teenage boy who's father happened to be a police officer and who's mother was a prominent attorney, plowed through the town square, damaged several cars, did $13,000 in damage to grounds and was found a couple blocks away passed out in the middle of an intersection. He was hauled by ambulance to the local hospital, where he was described as being severely inebriated, but otherwise unharmed. He was charged with multiple offenses. Well, low and behold, before the case came to trial, the result of his blood tests “mysteriously” were lost, oddly enough both the prosecuting attorneys copy and the hospitals disappeared. By the time it was over, all charges against him were dropped accept one minor traffic violation for “failure to maintain control”.
31 posted on 06/04/2010 12:14:12 PM PDT by apillar
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To: ozzymandus
What ever happened to the Chicago cop who beat up the female bartender a couple of years ago? Nothing?

He was convicted and got two years probation. He was booted off the force by the civilian oversight board, but he's suing, saying that it was improper for them to do that. Even if he wins, though, the felony conviction prevents him from getting his job back.

32 posted on 06/04/2010 12:14:48 PM PDT by Bubba Ho-Tep ("More weight!"--Giles Corey)
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To: Second Amendment First

“A police supervisor at the district later ordered Ardelean to submit to a Breathalyzer, but Judge Thomas Gainer Jr. ruled in April that police had no probable cause arrest and detain him,let along force him to take the test, which did not show he was drunk”

I don’t know the case but it would seem that if he took a Breathalyzer and passed, that test should be much better proof than a very subjective “ he had bloodshot eyes and I smelled alcohol”. Am I missing something?


33 posted on 06/04/2010 12:14:51 PM PDT by Cyman
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To: cripplecreek

Well, in a society like that which we have become, isn’t that a natural response?

The police, conventional wisdom is that they are “to serve and protect”. Well, how much faith do you have that police can protect you from the criminally dangerous in today’s society? Frankly, it’s become obvious to many Americans today, that the only person that can defend you, is you.

This realization, might just be strong enough, where something gets done about it. Let’s hope so.


34 posted on 06/04/2010 12:16:26 PM PDT by Professional
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To: Bubba Ho-Tep

Amazing. I figured he got off scot-free.


35 posted on 06/04/2010 12:16:26 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: Lurker

Meanwhile Chicago has a $10,000 fine for any driver (sober or not) who hits (not necessarily even KILLS) a highway construction worker. And that does not prohibit further lawsuit and insurance settlements.


36 posted on 06/04/2010 12:17:41 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Throw the bums out in 2010.)
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To: Cyman

Blowing under the limit does not clear you of all charges. Blowing over the limit will help them to convict you.


37 posted on 06/04/2010 12:18:58 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Throw the bums out in 2010.)
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To: Second Amendment First

And yet....

when MADD uses this case (and thousands more just like it) to illustrate the need to SIMPLY ENFORCE the DWI laws, they are called do-gooders and nanny staters who want to return to Prohibition.


38 posted on 06/04/2010 12:21:25 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (PALIN/MCCAIN IN 2012 - barf alert? sarc tag? -- can't decide)
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To: SeaHawkFan

“The prosecutors lied to the family and the judge must be corrupt. At some point some victim of a corrupt judge will be a target of street justice and I for one will be neither shocked or surprised.”

Probably already has happened, you just don’t hear about it since the ruling elite DO NOT want that type of thing publicized. But I am surprised that more “street justice” has not gone on. Things are changing though and that should worry everybody, the respect for the legal system in this country is going down rapidly. There is a tipping point on this kind of thing and once it’s reached it will make the Rodney King riots look like a walk in the park. Not good for anybody at that point.


39 posted on 06/04/2010 12:23:48 PM PDT by trapped_in_LA
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To: Professional

No its not a natural response, its the response of a moron who will in the end hurt us all.


40 posted on 06/04/2010 12:24:26 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Grunthor

being a ‘non-cop’ and having had the breathalyzer thing shoved in my face and forced to comply on the ‘guilty if ya refuse’ clause , i can see nothing less than conspiracy between all these cops and associated ‘law’ enforcement...


41 posted on 06/04/2010 12:27:27 PM PDT by Gilbo_3 (Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
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To: thefactor

You MUST know this guy eh?


42 posted on 06/04/2010 12:28:18 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Second Amendment First

It’s more than just cops IMHO. We’re rapidly morphing into a Party controlled state - if you’re a Party member (cop, govt. worker, politician, SEIU member) you get one standard of justice. If none of the above, tough luck sucker.


43 posted on 06/04/2010 12:32:03 PM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Cyman
The Breathalyzer test administered eight hours after the crash showed Ardelean was well below that level at the time.
44 posted on 06/04/2010 12:34:19 PM PDT by free me (Sarah Palin 2012? You Betcha!)
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To: cripplecreek

Oh, in a society where words are crimes, I agree with you entirely.


45 posted on 06/04/2010 12:34:32 PM PDT by Professional
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To: Second Amendment First
Chicago! Chicago! My kind of town!

I grew up there. When I hear people talk about what a great town Chicago is, I can only shake my head. After graduating from college, I couldn't get out of there fast enough.

46 posted on 06/04/2010 12:36:03 PM PDT by Rum Tum Tugger
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To: Gilbo_3

Heck, in Arizona I blew a zero. I was arrested for DUI, had my car towed for $600 and spent 24 hours in jail.

The cop wrote in the police report that he saw my eye twitch.

Found out later that the guy that owns the towing company was the cops brother in law.

So that is grand-theft and kidnapping, by the cops.


47 posted on 06/04/2010 12:37:07 PM PDT by FoxPro (Out side of a dog, books are mans best friend. Inside of a dog, it is to dark to read.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

big difference between ‘checkpoints’ and killing somebody...


48 posted on 06/04/2010 12:37:28 PM PDT by Gilbo_3 (Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
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To: Professional

You are aware that there are people sitting in a Michigan jail for saying far less than that about killing police. (hutaree militia) and yes their plot to kill police was little more than a stupid offhand comment.

If its worth it to defend stupidity that could cause us to lose FR then be my guest but stupid is stupid reguardless of legality.


49 posted on 06/04/2010 12:39:20 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Gilbo_3

You’re right. So thank God for checkpoints.

Lots of people still breathing because of ‘em.


50 posted on 06/04/2010 12:39:30 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (PALIN/MCCAIN IN 2012 - barf alert? sarc tag? -- can't decide)
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