Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Gregory Gun Crime Goes to the DA

D.C. attorney general’s office to investigate display of ammunition magazine on TV

The decision on whether anyone should be prosecuted after “Meet the Press” host David Gregory appeared to hold a high-capacity ammunition magazine on national television now belongs to the District’s Office of the Attorney General, authorities said Tuesday.

In an e-mail, a spokeswoman for D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said her department has “completed the investigation into this matter, and the case has been presented to the OAG for a determination of the prosecutorial merit of the case.”
The “Meet the Press” host is under investigation by D.C. police for displaying what appeared to be a high-capacity ammunition clip in an interview with the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre on Sunday.

Possessing a magazine capable of holding 10 or more rounds of ammunition, even if empty, is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

The question of how to proceed now rests with the office of Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan, which oversees prosecutions of some low-level offenses. A spokesman for Nathan said the office would not comment until a decision was made.
It's so much that I want David Gregory prosecuted, found guilty, and sentenced to something humiliating, although that would be kind of sweet too, but that I don't think anyone should be prosecuted for this "crime".
NRA President David Keene told CNN last month that he did not think Gregory should be prosecuted, saying the incident shows “in a very graphic way, perhaps not intentionally, but in a graphic way just how silly some of these laws are.”
I don't like it that a black Iraq and Afghanistan veteran was arrested because he had inadvertently left a couple of cartridges in his back pack, and was forced to plead guilty, get the criminal conviction on his record, pay a fine, and potentially suffer career repercussions.  If he deserves punishment for unknowing violation of the law, Gregory does for the knowing violation.

The Ace of Spades is not confident that the D.A. will see his way clear to prosecuting this heinous crime:

DC Attorney General Now Investigating How To Not Prosecute David Gregory While Writing Opinion That Has Absolutely No Exceptions For Anyone Not Named David Gregory

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