South Carolina’s “Thug Life” Judges
In a recent post, we questioned why a gang-banging violent black criminal with multiple recent arrests was allowed to go free in Columbia, S.C. while his charges were pending. It’s a question worth asking (and answering), because this gang-banger and one of his “thug life” buddies celebrated their freedom earlier this month by murdering a 33-year-old white woman – a single mother of four children.
Today, we got an answer …
Alison Lee, black circuit court judge, consolidated bail for 18-year-old hoodlum Lorenzo Bernard Young back in January – permitting him to walk the streets while he faced a host of serious criminal charges.
According to The (Columbia, S.C.) State newspaper:
On Jan. 22, Circuit Court Judge Alison Lee set a surety bond of $175,000 on Young for charges of first degree burglary, possession of a weapon during violent crime, criminal conspiracy, three counts of armed robbery, kidnapping and assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature …
… over a prosecutor’s objections, Young’s lawyer stood before Judge Alison Lee and asked that Young’s bond be revisited and Young be let out. Lee consolidated his bonds on all offenses, which then totaled $240,000, and then reduced them to $175,000.
How convenient …
Lee, incidentally, was nominated by U.S. President Barack Obama for a seat on the U.S. District Court on June 26 – five days before 33-year-old Kelly L. Hunnewell was murdered by the hoodlum Lee set free.
At the time Obama praised Lee for demonstrating “the talent, expertise and fair-mindedness Americans expect and deserve from their judicial system” and said he was confident she would “apply the law with the utmost impartiality and integrity.”
Hunnewell leaves behind four children – aged 5 to 13.
Wonder what they think of Lee’s “fair-mindedness” and “integrity.”
Lee isn’t the only circuit court judge in South Carolina giving gang bangers a hall pass. DeAndre Benjamin – wife of Columbia, S.C. mayor Steve Benjamin – is also listed in The State story as having approved bond for the other violent criminal involved in the Hunnewell murder.