I Call Their Bluff

22 12 2016



Calm down.

Here’s what’s going on.

In the 2014 legislative session, there was an omnibus piece of state legislation that was something of an overhaul of many criminal statutes.  It passed, and Nixon signed it.  The catch was that the changes take effect on January 1, 2017.  If you read the online book of state laws, you’ll see in many places two different versions of a given law numbered xxx.yyy, an “Until December 31, 2016” version and an “Effective January 1, 2017” version.  For instance, the “Until 12/31/16” version of 572.030 and the “Effective 1/1/17” version of 572.030.

For the most part, the mass changes in state laws effective at the stroke of midnight will make the laws a little more lenient.

However, one of the ways it toughens up is in the way it defines the lesser seriousness versions of the crime of assault.  In the outgoing system, there is third degree assault.  In the incoming system, there is third degree assault and fourth degree assault.  The sorts of behaviors that were entirely within the realm of three have now been split into three and four, and furthermore, as you can read, there are more paths for a given kind of behavior in that universe to be classified as a felony rather than a misdemeanor.

The Hazelwood School District administration has, on its website only, sent an open letter to the parents of students in the district that, in light of the ways the assault laws are about to change, that they and their Paul Blart school security could/might/maybe/we’ll see/let me sleep on it/don’t call us we’ll call you/if-is-a-big-word refer the more serious and vicious student fights on campus to the cops and McCulloch’s office, and the end result is that the yoots/dindus might face a felony rap.

Here’s the thing.

I think they’re bluffing.

They’re not bluffing about the impending changes in the state law.  Those are real, as you can read.

What I think they’re bluffing about is that they’re seriously going to refer the infractions to the cops/McCulloch.

These days, it is the propensity of the administrations of school districts whose student bodies are at least significantly black to clam up when these things happen, not to refer offenses up to the official CJ system.  Because MUH DISPUT IMPAK, school-to-prison pipeline, incarceration gap, black lies matter.

I think that the admins at Hazelwood are hoping that most people miss that, and if they huff and puff and bluff in such a way as to involve the word “felony,” it will deter some of the bellcurvosity at their schools.




4 responses

24 12 2016

Missouri must be taking after Illinois which is loosening the current legal standard for what constitutes felony theft/shop-lifting from one prior charge and a prison stint to ten prior charges and a prison stint. They already upped the ante from I believe it was $100 of stolen property/merchandise equals a felony to now no less than a $1000 is felony theft/shop-lifting. I read the story half-hardheartedly, because I knew that this is targeted to the Orcs/goblins, but that is the gist of it. In Missouri, I guess the studindus can not be held to evil YT’s standards.

25 12 2016

I think 100 or 1,000 without the use of the threat of bodily harm is far too low for baring someone for life from polite society. I would not care to defend that law in public, and while I’m no fan of the incoming state’s attorney of Cook County, she may be right on this one.

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