Liberty and Prosperity members Seth Grossman and Mark Hutchinson joined Atlantic County Sheriff Frank Balles, NJ 2d Amendment Society leader Frank Fiamingo, rally organizers Andrew Tanzczyk, Richard Gibbons, and James ?Paul today on the steps of the Atlantic County Criminal Courthouse in Mays Landing. ? About a dozen others also attended. Organizers Tanzczyk, Gibbons, and Paul are members of the the Tea Party of Middlesex County found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/MidCoTeaParty/
Shaneen is a 27 year old African-American ?mother of two who resides in Philadelphia.? She is employed as a medical technician.?? She has no criminal record and is licensed to carry a handgun in? Pennsylvania.?? Last year, during a routine traffic stop in Atlantic County, Shaneen volunteered to the officer that she had the weapon and showed her permit as required by Pennsylvania law.?? Because New Jersey does not recognize out-of-state permits, Shaneen? is now under criminal ?indictment for a felony that carries a minimum mandatory 3.5 years in State prison.??? See http://www.philly.com/philly/news/Philly_mom_faces_jail_due_to_New_Jerseys_strict_gun_laws.html?c=r
New Jersey has a ?Pretrial Intervention? (PTI) program that allows persons with no prior offenses to avoid prosecution by agreeing to an extensive background check, voluntary probation, supervision, and drug-testing, and community service.
Although the Pretrial Intervention administrator approved Shaneen for entry into Atlantic County?s PTI program, Superior Court Judge Michael Donio denied her application.
Last May, Judge Donio approved Baltimore Raven running back Ray Rice for that same PTI program.? This allowed Rice to avoid prosecution for beating his then-fianc?e unconscious during an argument and confrontation.?? ?Rice was caught on videotape dragging her out of an elevator in the Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City.? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2563240/Shocking-video-footage-shows-Baltimore-Ravens-running-Ray-Rice-drag-girlfriend-Atlantic-City-casino-elevator-legs.html,
The problem of good law abiding citizens facing serious felony charges and today’s rally were reported by the Press of Atlantic City today at:? http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/crime/state-gun-laws-come-under-scrutiny-in-atlantic-county-court/article_4178489c-288f-11e4-9bf5-001a4bcf887a.html
Judge Michael Donio of Hammonton was appointed??by Republican Governor Christie Todd Whitman ?in 1995 with the approval of Republican State Senator William Gormley of Atlantic County.??Donio?received tenure seven years later in 2002, and is eligible to remain on the court until 2023 when he reaches mandatory retirement age of 70.
What can we do?
Republican Governor Chris Christie can pardon Shaneen and dismiss the charges any time.
The Legislature with the support of Governor Christie can change the law giving Judge Donio to avoid the mandatory jail sentence.? (This would probably not help, since Judge Donio already has the power to achieve the same result by approving Shaneen for the Pretrial Intervention Program).
The Legislature with the support of Governor Christie can change our gun laws retroactively to recogtnize and respect out of state? gun permits.
Read about the Trial of William Penn and act accordingly if called to jury duty for Shaneen?s trial.?? At one time, every 8th Grade student in America knew and understood the Trial of William Penn and Bushels Case. ? Tell every adult in Atlantic County to read ?http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bushel’s Case?and talk about it. ? Then read about the trial of John Peter Zenger which was also once known by every American schoolchild.
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