Skip to comments.MILLER: David Gregory gets off scot free
Posted on 01/12/2013 8:49:20 AM PST by marktwain
The attorney general for the District of Columbia, Irvin Nathan, announced Friday that he will not press charges against NBC News David Gregory nor any employee of the broadcast network for violating the citys gun laws. Violation of the city's firearms laws carry a maximum $1,000 fine and one year in jail.
Mr. Nathan wrote to an attorney representing Mr. Gregory and NBC News, Lee Levine of Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz, LLP, that, OAG has made this determination, despite the clarity of the violation of this important law, because under all of the circumstances here a prosecution would not promote public safety in the District of Columbia nor serve the best interests of the people of the District to whom this office owes its trust.
In the three-page letter, Mr. Nathan also wrote that no specific intent is required for this violation, and ignorance of the law or even confusion about it is no defense." He said, "We therefore did not rely in making our judgment on the feeble and unsatisfactory efforts that NBC made to determine whether or not it was lawful to possess, display and broadcast this large capacity magazine as a means of fostering the public policy debate.
The full text of the letter is at the bottom of this story.
The Meet the Press anchor ignored police guidance and held up an illegal 30-round rifle magazine in his D.C. studio during an interview on Dec. 23 with the National Rifle Associations Wayne LaPierre on gun-control laws.
The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) concluded the three-and-a-half week investigation into the allegations -- seen live on national TV -- without an arrest by turning over the facts to the Office of the Attorney General (OAG).
In 2012, the police arrested at least 105 people for charges
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...
This is how the regime makes known its desires. Break the law doing what we want you to do, and we will reward you.
There are, I guess, two sets of laws in this country. What a shameful display of judicial arrogance.
Selective enforcement of law. Remember the ACLU? It used to care about these things. But here, it’s a favorite of the leftist regime who broke the law.
Whenever a normal person breaks the law, even technically, he is arrested.
So is this the all clear to carry magazines in DC since the Attorney General for DC, Irvin Nathan, said:
“...a prosecution would not promote public safety in the District of Columbia nor serve the best interests of the people of the District to whom this office owes its trust.
He is admitting that it is an ineffective law that should not be enforced...
Just read that the Gregory’s are family friends with the DC Attorney General that declined to press charges.
The New America...one set of rules for me and quite another for thee.
So as long as you're doing that a crime has not been committed?
Put on a press pass and lock and load.
Now if Wayne had presented the magazine................
Or, once gregory produced the 30 rounder, Wayne could have seen the 30 and raised him a 50. Since gregory got off maybe the thing to do is stencil your “high capacity” magazines with “For Display Purposes Only” and everything is good to go.
Really not surprising that the “radical left wing extremists” skate on just about everything. Bill ayers said that 25 million may have to die before things get the way he envisioned it. Problem is, 25 mil on which side?
And in doing so unwittingly made LaPierre's point.
If they were true believers they would have arrested little Dave.
A token fine, a day in jail, something, anything would do that the mouthpiece media could have pointed at to prove that they are fair.
The city's Office of the Attorney General, which handles low-level crimes, said criminal charges wouldn't serve the public's best interests even though possession of the magazine - capable of holding up to 30 rounds of ammunition - was clearly against local gun laws.
"Influencing our judgment in this case, among other things, is our recognition that the intent of the temporary possession and short display of the magazine was to promote the First Amendment purpose of informing an ongoing public debate about firearms policy in the United States,
The essence of immorality is the tendency to make an exception of myself. ~Jane Addams
Thus, no, nay, not a scratch shall be imparted on the porcelain skin of princess D...
They are incapable of believing they are wrong.
It is their Achilles heel.
And once again the hypocrisy of invoking the First Amendment to justify violating the Second Amendment is second only to their continuing to collect thirty pieces of silver...
OMG... look how close he hods that you his face.... it could have gone off.
Normally I’d be happy they didn’t waste time and money enforcing stupid laws, even if it is inappropritely selective, corrupt, and smells of laws for thee but not for me. But imagine how much they already wasted investigating and positioning themselves for PR purposes. Might as well have made an example if you actually believe in the law.
“There is no doubt of the gravity of the illegal conduct in this matter, especially in a city and a nation that have been plagued by carnage from gun violence.”
That doesn’t follow. Unless you think there’s a connection between gun carnage and otherwise innocent people holding empty “large capacity ammunition feeding device[s].” Which there isn’t. Not that the law shouldn’t apply equally to those to whom it applies. But not “especially” because of anything.
Prosecutorial, not judicial.
They actually shot down that argument, basing the decision instead on it not being in the interest of public safety for some unspecified reason. Goes to show you they’re willing to restrict the first amendment, too, along with the second, fourth, fifth...
Prosecutorial is a better word.
Time to fire up the printers and start putting out press credentials for everyone. Apparently they work better than concealed carry permits.
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