Wednesday, June 18, 2008
"Commander Tough Glove" Offers An Amusing Anecdote
The high-ranking police officer I call "Commander Tough Glove" sent me an email about my recent blog post about petty "slap on the wrist" sentences for drug dealing...
...saying it gave him a "good laugh" and it's "great when people discover for the first time how the justice system treats the people who hold it in contempt."
Tough Glove then adds the following.
Several years ago, one of the most notorious gang members of the late 1990s was a young man named Isaac Hodge. He was forever on the edge of major incidents (shootings, murders, etc.) but we were never able to get him charged, often due to the way gangs keep people from cooperating in our investigations.
The police were finally able to get him dirty with a quantity of crack cocaine and he was convicted of a FELONY. The judge gave him the usual extended sentence and probation, but to show how serious he was the judge ordered Hodge to take his mother to dinner and spend at least $40, and to bring the receipt to court to prove he had done so.