Now, some are critical of our “insinuation that Speaker DeLeo is somehow involved with the Mafia,” and we’ve taking some abuse for “going there on an Italian-American, which is racist.” To which we counter as follows:
- George Takei might have had Charlie in his own strike force, but we got Sicilians in our own family. So we should get the Chris Rock exemption for bagging on Guidos here.
- Last time we checked, Italian was not a race. The biological term “race” hinges on some degree of genetic distinction.
- Our understanding is that when DeLeo meets made guys, they introduce him as “a friend of mine” and not “a friend of ours.” It’s unlikely an organization with the traditions of LCN would “make” someone in such a disreputable profession, after all.
But even if you take DeLeo at his word, and believe that he’s really trying to reduce crime with the latest inane gun bill from the only New England state with rising violent crime levels, another news story catches our attention. This one illustrates what’s been happening when the pols have been obsessing and stressing about the guns held by folks other than DeLeo’s criminal associates. The Boston Herald’s editorial page:
With his guilty plea yesterday to a charge of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of his girlfriend the despicable Jared Remy will soon disappear from public view and for that we should all count our blessings.
But taken together Remy’s sickening crime and his history of kid-glove treatment by the courts exposed flaws in the state’s criminal justice system, awareness of which must not be allowed to disappear along with him.
Jared Remy illustrates the key fact about Massachusetts: it is a government of men, not of laws. One’s class and connections — Remy is the pampered son of a wealthy and beloved former Red Sox 2nd baseman, and current color commentator — is more important to his treatment in the courts than what he does, in a fairly direct repudiation of American (and small-r republican, for that matter) values and a reversion to the ancient Hammurabic principle of “different spanks for different ranks.”
If a nobleman put out the eye of another nobleman, his eye shall be put out. If he break another nobleman’s bone, his bone shall be broken.
If he put out the eye of a commoner, or break the bone of a commoner, he shall pay one [silver] mina.
If he put out the eye of a man’s slave, or break the bone of a man’s slave, he shall pay one-half of its value.
This is not Massachusetts law as codified, and that’s what is the break with Hammurabi; but it is Massachusetts law as practiced.
Remy, in fact, is a career violent criminal who has been in and out (mostly, as we’ll see, out) of the courts over 20 times, for assaulting, beating or otherwise injuring at least five women and one man over the years, each one more seriously than the last, and because of his connections, his famous dad, the hero-worship of Red Sox fans, you name it, he’s been given a free ride every time — and the helpless women have been abandoned by the system. He also led a gang that beat a 15-year-old-boy brain-damaged in 1997. The boy died seven years later. Because of his father’s celebrity, Jared Remy was never charged in the violent assault.
He was given a job at Fenway Park (as corruption-sated Bay Staters joke, “after a nationwide search”), which he didn’t lose for stealing a box of World Series jackets in 2007, but did lose in 2009 for dealing steroids at the Park. And he never saw a cell over that one, either, because Do You Know Who I Am.
He has a brother and a sister who are also worthless oxygen thieves, too. The brother, Jordan, admitted stalking and indecently assaulting a woman in 2010 after she resisted his advances in a bar in 2010, and his case was broomed. The daughter, Jenna, admitted breaking into an ex’s home and assaulting the cops who caught her red-handed (and had to pepper-spray her) in 2013, and her case was broomed. (And note that in the last of the stories — which is chronologically the first — about Jenna, the reporter hid the fact she was Jerry Remy’s daughter. A decision he defends in the comments. Celeb power > Lapdog journalism).
And Jerry, the father? His response to his son’s murder of Jennifer Martel has been to deploy his wealth and celebrity in a custody battle for Martel’s daughter, left motherless by the rancid way Jerry raised his lawless family.
In fact, Jared Remy was booked in for assaulting his murder victim about 24 hours before he murdered her, but DA Marian Ryan greased the skids for his release, even as his victim pleaded that she’d be killed. And while “assault” means multiple things
She was. Ryan did the Massachusetts thing: made a mealy-mouthed “expression of concern” speech, and threw one of her assistants under the bus. “That person is no longer employed here.”
Remy, of course, had a long history of violence against women and had been arrested shortly before Martel’s murder on a domestic violence charge only to be released on his own dubious personal recognizance. The office of Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan mishandled the case, and back at their Waltham condo the next night the gargantuan Remy attacked Martel, stabbing her to death.
A botch like this needs an investigation, but in Massachusetts, wrongdoers (in this case, Ryan) investigate themselves. What a surprise it was when she found nothing wrong with herself!
An independent review of the decision by the DA’s office not to seek bail or a dangerousness hearing after the earlier attack on Martel found the office failed to give sufficient weight to Remy’s history of domestic abuse — while giving “excessive consideration” to Martel’s decision not to extend an emergency restraining order the next day. At the time of the incident Ryan infamously defended that decision by arguing that “a victim is not well served and empowered when we seek to impose our will [on her].”
Yes, and she’s “not well served and empowered” when we seek to impose her will to live on her wannabe murderer, if the knife man is a celebrity or a celeb’s kid, apparently. If you’re asking, “What planet is Ryan on to say this?” you are fortunate enough to be outside the orbit of the Derp Star, Massachusetts.
We called it a distressing pile of psychobabble then — and our view hasn’t changed.
You would think MA politicians — and Ryan is a politician to the marrow of her self-serving bones — would wise up when they lose the journalists at the Boston Herald. We mean, it’s not like journalists are practical, sensible or insightful: they’re just trying to tell stories that change the world, for the benefit of the insiders and, well, the people like Jared Remy’s family. The same paper had numerous fanboy and -girl bleats that it’s not the parents’ fault the kid is a bum.
Maybe it isn’t. But Jared Remy’s mother, the wife of the beloved sportscaster, called her son’s victim to deter her from calling the police — the same reason Jared would murder her in less than 24 hours.
But hey, the guns made him do it. With a knife.
How ’bout them Sox? Jerry Remy will be announcing for them tonight. And he still has two violent, lawless, spoiled kids who have yet to make their bones. We blame crap parenting and the widespread availability of firearms, but mostly crap parenting.