Friday, March 28, 2014

Someone who’s not "David Gregory" convicted of stupid DC gun law violation

Mr. Witaschek’s court proceedings, which to date have spanned nearly two years and now appear likely to continue into the appellate stage.

the case centered on a single inert piece of ammunition, which rested on Mr. Witascheck’s desk in the District

the saboted lead balls have no powder or propellant attached, so are not “live…”

The primer on the shotgun shell had already been struck by the firing pin. Mr. Witaschek kept the misfired shell on his home office desk as a memento from a hunt.

Ultimately, Mr. Witaschek was sentenced to time served, a $50 fine, and is required to enroll with the Metropolitan Police Department’s firearm offenders’ registry within 48 hours.

So, David Gregory (and his associates) specifically asked if they could possess and show an illegal 30 round magazine on TV while filming in D.C., were told NO, did it anyway and face no repercussions for their clearly illegal act but a man with unusable ammunition components that he did not know were illegal has to spend 2 years and unknown dollars fighting this stupidity and is still convicted.

It was later determined by the Office of Attorney General, in no uncertain terms, that Gregory and NBC clearly violated D.C. laws by possessing the magazine. The MPD delivered a Warrant and supporting Affidavit to OAG, a document OAG has refused to provide to Legal Insurrection in response to our Freedom of Information Act request, and which we are now fighting in court (with the help of Judicial Watch) to obtain.

Notwithstanding this determination that Gregory and NBC News violated the law, the OAG opted not to prosecute Gregory or anyone at NBC because, among other things, “prosecution would not promote public safety in the District of Columbia nor serve the best interests of the people of the District to whom this office owes its trust.”

I wonder what could have caused the "book" to be thrown at Mr. Witaschek but Mr. Gregory gets completely off even though Gregory was warned what he was planning on doing was against the law but chose to do it anyway? It could not have had anything to do with Mr. Gregory's politics and public profile, could it? No, that is just crazy talk... 

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