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Judge Defends Sending Accused NYPD Officer's Killer to Rehab Instead of Jail

October 23, 2015  | 

The Manhattan judge who pushed the sweetheart deal that let an accused cop killer go to drug rehab instead of prison defended his decision Wednesday — saying “I don’t get a crystal ball when I get a robe.”

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Edward McLaughlin said he recommended Tyrone Howard for the “diversion program” instead of jail because he believed that none of the suspect’s previous convictions involved violence.

The judge admitted that he was unaware that Howard had been linked to a 2009 shooting that left three people wounded.

“I have no idea about that. This is the first time I’m hearing about that,” said the judge, who called the death of Officer Randolph Holder “a great tragedy.”

McLaughlin recommended rehab for Howard in the place of jail over the objections of prosecutors, who wanted the perp to do six years behind bars after being nabbed yet again for peddling drugs last year, the New York Post reports.


Comments (9)

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alex @ 10/24/2015 7:11 AM

Tell that to his family

Tom Ret @ 10/24/2015 7:20 AM

Poetic justice would be if bozos like this judge, become the victim of their own dumb decisions instead of another officer who runs into this scrum bag.

Gerald Kern @ 10/24/2015 7:40 AM

Liberal scum like this idiot enable thugs and criminals and make the country unsafe. What does he mean, he didn't know this thug was involved in a shooting that injured three people. Is his computer not working? FIRE THE INCOMPETENT MORON!

JJ Golliday @ 10/24/2015 7:43 AM

WTF!!! Did it not occur to the Judge to ask about the suspect's past. Geeez.

OK @ 10/24/2015 10:01 AM

I sort of feel bad for this judge. He is being scape goated. Everyone from the District Attorneys up to the mayor was on board for this liberal sentencing practice. Now they are washing their hands and trying lay the blame soley at his feet.

Leonard Mather @ 10/24/2015 4:24 PM

The Judge's comment about "not getting a Crystal Ball" is a defective analogy. Crystal Balls are not needed in order to heed the recommendations of the prosecution. If the Perp found the sentence recommended by the prosecution to be egregiously incorrect, he would be free to pursue proper legal action with new evidence. Or. perhaps the Perp could make a plea for employing Tarot Cards for his sentence.

S.S. @ 10/26/2015 6:41 AM

That is such b.s. that judge needs to be prosecuted or be released and a lawsuit filed against that m.f. who killed Officer Holder. Instead all that p.os. does is sentece this maggot to drug rehab. These judges need to put themselves in the officer's shoes. What if this ahole gets released and kill me or my family. Then what... Goddamn judge you have blood on your hands and I hope this eats at you everyday....until you can no longer deny that you caused this asshole!

S.S. @ 10/26/2015 12:57 PM

OK are you serious? You feel sorry for this judge. It's his final decision that makes the difference. That's the dumbest thing I've heard today by far. Feel sorry for the judge. Oh please. ANYONE WITH COMMON SENSE SHOULD KNOW THIS. UNLESS YOU ARE THE JUDGE....OR A DUMMY WHO FEELS SORRY FOR THE JUDGE. WOW, dumbest thing I've ever heard of. How about feel sorry for the officer! You weakling.

[email protected] @ 10/26/2015 3:27 PM

This "judge" should be ousted ASAP. No crystal ball huh? How about the ability to read arrest reports? Or is that above his limited knowledge? This is what's wrong with our Justice System. Idiots in robes. Blues, Stay .

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