Remember when Obama lied and said that he was going to let illegals slide so he could concentrate on deporting illegal aliens who commit crimes. Evidently killing someone just doesn’t measure up. Eswin Mejia was drunk when he struck and killed 21 year old Sarah Root and he was promptly arrested. This is where it gets weird and then weirder. The local judge placed him on a bond of $50,000 of which he only had to put up 10%. It was determined that he was not a flight risk despite the fact that he had an outstanding warrant that he ignored and missed two court dates for.
Then to really screw it up, the Obama caliphate stepped in and made it worse. Dawn Turnbull, the accident investigator in Omaha contacted ICE on multiple occasions and they refused to put a detainer on Mejia to keep him from fleeing. They refused. As soon as Mejia was released, he went into hiding.
Here is the explanation that ICE made in a public statement:
At the time of his January 2016 arrest in Omaha on local criminal charges, Eswin Mejia, 19, of Honduras, did not meet ICE’s enforcement priorities, as stated by the Nov. 20, 2014 civil enforcement memo issued by Secretary Johnson, because he had no prior significant misdemeanor or felony conviction record. As such, ICE did not lodge a detainer. Mejia is scheduled to go before an immigration judge on March 23, 2017, and it will be up to the immigration courts under the Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) to determine whether he has a legal basis to remain in the U.S.
Okay, so killing someone is fine as long as you never killed or maimed anyone before?
Here is the breakdown of the local and federal authorities having a Debbie Wasserman Schultz moment:
- Mejia, who was listed on his jail booking sheet as from Honduras and not a U.S. citizen, was graded a low risk to flee by Douglas County pretrial release officials, despite the fact that he had a warrant and twice had failed to appear in court. On a scale of 1 to 7 — the higher the number, the more risk of fleeing — the county’s pretrial release staff graded Mejia a 2.
- On Feb. 4, Douglas County Judge Jeff Marcuzzo set Mejia’s bail at 10 percent of $50,000 — meaning that Mejia had to post $5,000 cash to be released. The newspaper’s review of 10 motor vehicle homicide cases filed in Nebraska over the past two years showed that five judges set the same bail amount. Five other judges set higher bail amounts — 10 percent of $75,000, $250,000 (twice) and $500,000 (twice). All of the other defendants were U.S. citizens.
- It’s not clear whether the judge was informed of Mejia’s immigration status. Deputy Omaha Police Chief Dave Baker said late Friday that an accident investigator informed Deputy Douglas County Attorney Matt Kuhse of Mejia’s ICE status before Mejia was released from Nebraska Medical Center.
- In considering bail, a transcript shows, Marcuzzo did not give prosecutors a chance to state their position — something every judge typically does.
- After not receiving a chance to speak about bail, Deputy Douglas County Attorney David Wear did not interrupt Judge Marcuzzo. Nor did anyone object after the judge set bail at 10 percent of $50,000.
- Root’s father called Omaha Police accident investigator Dawn Turnbull concerned about Mejia’s bail amount.
- Turnbull repeatedly called ICE about detaining Mejia “due to bond amount and elevated flight risk,” Baker said. Eventually, Baker said, “her request is denied.” She and her lieutenant tried to call an ICE supervisor. The call was never returned, Baker said.
The judge refused to allow the prosecutor to ask for higher bail and wouldn’t even let the prosecutor give a reason why it was necessary.
Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine told the World Herald:
The judge just went, ‘Bam, here’s the bond.’ He’s running the show in terms of how the hearing’s conducted. We weren’t given an opportunity to speak. In some ways, I wish our person would have just stopped the proceeding and said, ‘We think that’s an insufficient bond,’ but that didn’t happen. No one’s saying that people need to be profiled. But when we have someone who has been arrested for a serious crime — and they’re not here legally — they have every reason in the world to flee… There has to be a common-sense communication between the feds and the state… For him to be able to evade prosecution is tremendously frustrating to us. And I know that’s true for [Sarah Root’s] family and for police as well.
Sarah Root had just graduated college with a 4.0 average. (That’s a perfect score for you liberals out there) Ironically, she majored in crime investigation.