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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Gory Prince George's: another murder, related stories

(Posted 14 Feb 2006)
  • Questions of Honor...
    ...and shame.
    • National Review, 14 Feb 2006 (by Rich Lowry, NR Editor).
    . . . A report in the New York Times identifies a rise in urban violent crime attributable to "petty disputes that hardly seem the stuff of fist-fights, much less gunfire or stabbings." . . . The Times reports that murder suspects explain their crimes as a response to being "disrespected" or subjected to "mean mugging" — literally being looked at the wrong way. . . .
    [. . .]
    Culture is enduring, but needn't be a death trap. Two factors can suppress the worst effects of this cultural tendency. The first is fathers. Unsurprisingly, a researcher in Milwaukee found that young murderers are often sons of teenage mothers. Without a father, boys will tend to have fragile egos and no impulse control. Throw in a blighted community and easy access to guns, and mayhem results.

    The second is good government. Urban expert Fred Siegel says that many cities are "like a pressure cooker — if you don't manage it right, it will blow up." In New York City, where Mayor Michael Bloomberg has preserved the intense policing practices of Rudy Giuliani, violent crime has continued to decline. The rise in murders is taking place in poorly governed urban areas like Milwaukee, St. Louis ,and Prince George's County, Md., outside of Washington, D.C.

    The backdrop to all of this is the spectacular irrelevance of the civil-rights movement. The coverage of Coretta Scott King's funeral focused on whether it was seemly for the Rev. Joseph Lowery, a civil-rights pioneer, to take shots at President Bush over his Iraq policy. The real story is the failure of the civil-rights movement to create a new generation of leaders willing to address today's threats to urban America.
  • PG Man Gets Stiff Sentence for Killing Federal Informant.
  • A judge sentenced James Irby, III to 38 years in prison Monday for the 2003 murder of a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives informant.

    Prosecutors said Irby stabbed the victim 174 times, and pumped three bullets into him, after the informant snitched on him to the feds. Irby also torched the informant's District Heights apartment, with the fire destroying most of the building and forcing residents out in the dead of night.
    A District Heights man who was convicted by a federal jury of murdering an informant was sentenced yesterday to 38 years in prison, Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said.

    In federal court in Greenbelt, U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow also sentenced James A. Irby III, 29, to five years of supervised release and ordered him to pay $4,745 for the victim's funeral expenses. . . . Irby also was convicted of arson and using a handgun in a crime of violence.; .
  • Lawmakers, police seek to combat violence.
  • Citing a rise in spousal abuse, Maryland law enforcement officials and legislators have joined together to stop the violence in Prince George's and Montgomery counties.

    In Prince George's County, U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer, D, secured a $200,000 grant to bolster police technology to help officers serve more protective orders and act more quickly based on existing orders.
    [. . .]
    Prince George's County Sheriff Michael Jackson said the federal grant will reduce police response times because it allows officers to access data they previously would have had to call others to obtain. The federal funds are designated for the county's Domestic Violence Unit.
    [Remainder of story about Montgomery County].

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