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Sunday, March 02, 2003

Who Should Go To Jail ?

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> [Original Message]
> From:
> To:
> Date: 3/1/03 6:28:22 PM
> Subject: [ALERT] Protect Your Family - Go To Jail?
> This CONSERVATIVE ALERT prepared for Teri Backerman:
> ISSUE: Who should go to jail --
home invaders, or home owners?
> According to the New York Times, Mr. Ronald Dixon of Brooklyn,
> NY, "was upstairs, in bed, when he heard a noise in the
> hallway. Half asleep, he opened his eyes and saw a man at the
> top of the stairs heading toward the bedroom of Mr. Dixon's
> 2-year-old son, Kyle. That was enough for the father. He
> grabbed a 9-millimeter pistol that he kept in a closet,
> walked toward the man and asked what he was doing there. This
> man, Mr. Dixon said, ran at him, screaming. That's when he
> pulled the trigger. He shot the intruder twice, wounding him
> seriously but not mortally."
> Now, 27-year-old Mr. Dixon is your basic "straight arrow," a
> Navy veteran who works two jobs -- 80 hours a week -- as a
> computer specialist to provide for his family, including two
> small children. The man accused of being the intruder, Ivan
> Thompson, 40, is a career criminal with a long record of
> burglaries and other crimes. If convicted this time, he
> could be locked away for a long, long time.
> Case closed, right? Not quite.
> Mr. Dixon had purchased his gun legally when he lived in
> Florida. He had just recently moved to Brooklyn, and was smack
> dab in the middle of running through all the hoops and jumping
> through all the rings -- and there are a LOT of them -- to get
> his gun registered in New York.
> But the registration process wasn't yet complete when he used
> his gun to defend his family. And Mr. Dixon lives in a borough
> whose district attorney, Charles J. Hynes, "considers the
> prosecution of illegal-gun charges a supreme virtue. Mr. Hynes
> wants Mr. Dixon to do jail time... If convicted of the
> misdemeanor charge against him, Mr. Dixon could get as much as
> a year. Mr. Hynes is offering a plea bargain that would
> involve four weekends, tops, on Rikers Island."
> You read that right. Mr. Dixon is facing up to a year on RIKERS
> ISLAND if he doesn't accept the "plea bargain" from District
> Attorney Hynes and plead GUILTY on a gun possession charge, for
> a gun he had purchased legally and was in the process of making
> legal in New York. And if he's found guilty, his permanent
> record could keep him from obtaining work in his field.
> We just don't think that's right.
> ACTION ITEM: The Brooklyn DA is elected to that position, from
> what we understand. As an elected official, he is obligated to
> listen to what voters have to say. So, we've set up a way for
> you to easily communicate with him.
> Go to the site below to send an editable pre-written message to
> DA Charles J. Hynes, letting him know what you think of
> prosecuting upstanding law-abiding citizens who try to protect
> their families:
> Or give Mr. Hynes a call at 718-250-2000
(718-250-2025 after hours and weekends).
> NOTE: This isn't a "gun control" issue; this is a
Be sure to forward this email to everyone you
> know who wants to see *real* justice prevail in this case.
Thank you!
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