After hearing evidence that three young men urinated on a homeowner's property during a South Side binge, then forced their way into the home and assaulted a resident, Magisterial District Judge Ronald Costa today dismissed charges of burglary, criminal conspiracy and simple assault -- each of which appeared to have been vindicated by evidence -- against the perpetrators. He convicted two of the hoodlums of two summary offenses -- disorderly conduct (a charge grossly disproportionate to the reported conduct) and public drunkenness -- and dismissed all charges against the third defendant.
The article does not indicate whether the district attorney acquiesced in this injustice -- $150 and a few hours of community service for a home invasion -- or whether anyone in our system of justice (left, dispensing justice to the victim) offered any justification for this seemingly inexplicable result.
Someone should inquire on both fronts. The victim deserves better.
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