Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Illinois State's Attorney Blames Judge For Light Sentences To Two Men Who Hunted For And Struck Bicyclists
State's Attorney Anita Alvarez has tonight responded to pressure from Chicago's bicycling community to explain why two men who intentionally hunted for and struck bicyclists with their car were given seemingly light sentences. According to the Active Transportation Alliance, which initiated a letter writing campaign to compel Ms. Alvarez's office to justify the sentences, the state's attorney's office has revealed that "the prosecutor had requested that the two men have harsher penalties, but ultimately it was Judge Carol Kipperman’s decision to give Reza 10 days in jail with two years of probation and Fabian two years of probation." Apparently, Ms. Alvarez has agreed to discuss the matter further with representatives of the Alliance.