Skip to comments.IL:Edward Hambrick freed from jail after gun law ruled unconstitutional
Posted on 09/21/2013 6:59:59 PM PDT by marktwain
Edward Hambrick also enjoyed choosing his own clothing Wednesday, something he could not do in 14 months at the Cook County Jail. He was locked up longer than some convicted of violent crimes, though authorities said the 40-year-old computer programmer's record is completely clean. He was among four defendants freed from the jail overnight.
State's Attorney Anita Alvarez dropped gun possession charges against 103 defendants Tuesday. The Illinois Supreme Court last week ruled the gun possession charges they all faced were based on a law that is unconstitutional.
"Everything is pretty much destroyed," Hambrick said of being locked up. "But that's -- I can rebuild the financial stuff and make arrangements to make payments on my debt. But one thing I can't recover is the time I spent in jail."
The unanimous State Supreme Court ruling that freed Hambrick essentially agreed with a Second Amendment argument he'd been making since July 2, 2011, the night Chicago Police pulled him over near 79th and Ashland because he was allegedly not using a seatbelt. Hambrick told them he had a firearm. When they took his chrome .45 caliber Taurus handgun, he admits becoming belligerent and lecturing the cops on his rights as an American citizen. Later, when he tried to file criminal charges against the arresting officers and the Circuit Court Judge hearing his case, the judge revoked Hambrick's bond and ordered a psychiatric evaluation. He was found to be sane, but as his case bounced through three courtrooms, no new bond was ever set. Hambrick's mug shot from 26 months ago indicates he lost a lot of weight while in Jail, refusing even to consider pleading guilty to any charge, despite pressure from some in his family.
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This guy obviously needs to sue Rahm et. al.
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Looks like he was trying to do so from jail. Might be a lot easier now:
Justice would be the judge, the DA, and the cops spending 14 months in jail.
Just think how much attention this case would have gotten if he had been put in jail for protesting the war in Iraq.
Yes, that is the advantage that “Progressives” have in owning the MSM.
To bad the taxpayers will be the real loosers instead of the individuals who wrecked this mans life. Judge needs to spend 14 months in the physic ward as his punishment.
1000mg of Thorazine 3 times a day with electro shock for good measure.
What about all the other people who have spent time behind
bars and had their lives ruined because they too were convicted of breaking this law....If the law is unconstitutional now it was most certainly not constitutional at the time it was used to bludgeon those
people into submission.
I agree. Illlinois released 103 that were currently in jail.
There are probably many more.
A black man illegally incarcerated? Where is Jesse and Sharpton? Where’s Holder? If Obama had a son he would look like him! That could have been Obama twenty years ago!
...he admits becoming belligerent and lecturing the cops on his rights as an American citizen...
I would like to see that happen a little more often.
“A black man illegally incarcerated? Where is Jesse and Sharpton? Wheres Holder? If Obama had a son he would look like him! That could have been Obama twenty years ago!”
Enough black citizens like Edward Hambrick helping enforce constitutional rights for all, and we can make real progress in race relations.
Maybe we can avoid CWII that many talk about.
He definitely needs to sue the sons of bi7ch’s who passed and Unconstitutional law and the half assed Governor who signed it.
Illinois owes this man and the others.
Undeniably good point.
The really tragic thing about situations like this is the people that put someone through this illegal, unconstitutional hell face NO equitable consequences
“everything is pretty much destroyed.”
This is largely the goal of the persecutors. The government will see this as a victory in that they destroyed several lives over guns.
That war will be between the left and the Right: Color not-withstanding.
No. This, as you say, was a black MAN.
Something Obama has never been, never will be.