by John Hoff
Deontray Vershon Tate graced the pages of this blog in July of 2013, in a story about a triple shooting that injured a four-year-old boy in the lower leg; so badly the little boy required surgery to realign the bones. The argument that led to the triple shooting was revenge for a fight between two women.
Recently, according to a widely-disseminated press release from the office of the Hennepin County District Attorney, (regurgitated at a mainstream media outlet near you!) Mr. Tate had the misfortune to appear before Honorable Judge Fred Karasov.
Regular readers will well remember the name of this judge from...
...the tragic murder of Thomas "Good Samaritan" Sonnenberg. Honorable Judge Karasov had the misfortune of being the judge who released accused killer Devon Derrick Parker a few days before. Parker was supposed to be receiving a prison sentence on the very day he murdered Sonnenberg, allegedly. Compounding the tragedy is the fact Karasov didn't have a reputation of being "soft on crime." This release of Parker didn't point to something wrong with Karasov, but something wrong with the system.
Many a man would be broken by something like this. Some judges might have said to themselves, "I will never touch a criminal case again, not after this. I'm going to find a nice, safe administrative law judge position and rule on how many blueberries can be stuffed in a handmade wicker basket before safe and sanitary shipment," or words to that effect. Many a human being would be broken by what happened, and understandably so.
But Karasov, who has some background with the JAG, is made of much sterner stuff. (And believe me, readers, if I were writing in the sarcasm font you'd see the words "sarcasm font," and you aren't, except for my statement I am NOT typing in the sarcasm font)
After what must have been some soul-searching and "shaking it off," Karasov went right back to the bloody helm and kept steering our ship of justice. When Deontray Vershon Tate came before Karasov, the boom was lowered. A press release from the Hennepin County DA describes what happened:
This is the point where I call things as I see 'em, and some 3,000 page views a day tell me readers come here exactly for that, so here goes:
This press release is obviously politically engineered with an eye toward rehabilitating the reputation of Judge Karasov in light of (what can only be called) a mishap with the release of Derrick Parker. But such a tactic behind such a press release is justifiable, and this blog supports it. Judge Fred Karasov is a good judge and if there are hard lessons to be drawn from the release of Parker, then Karasov has appropriately drawn those lessons, IMHO.
One can hope it won't be ONLY Honorable Judge Karasov that draws the lessons, but the entire Hennepin County bench.
For now, we have an epidemic of North Minneapolis gun violence and senseless shootings that kill and injure innocent children. The people who commit these crimes are mostly beyond redemption and the best thing, unfortunately, is to put them away until they are too old and decrepit to commit more crimes, and to keep them from making babies to be raised without paternal support.
God bless Honorable Judge Fred Karasov. It is the official editorial position of Johnny Northside that Hennepin County needs about a dozen like him.