HOLDING THEIR FIRE
By MICHAEL SNEED firstname.lastname@example.org March 28, 2013 8:04PM
2. Ruger P95 9MM semiautomatic handgun. 38 recovered. 4.0% of total.
Updated: May 1, 2013 2:52PM
Here’s a shocker: The Northern District of Illinois has a lousy record for federal gun law prosecutions, according to a study tracking federal data done by Syracuse University.
In fact, the districts that contain Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City ranked last in terms of federal gun law enforcement in 2012, according to the study.
◆ The flip side: U.S. attorney’s office spokesman Randall Samborn tells Sneed fewer federal gun prosecutions reflect a decision by federal prosecutors to weigh whether their case should be pursued in a state court — rather than a federal court — which could get a higher sentence for offenders.
◆ Translation: “We have a number of different methods of attacking gangs, guns, drugs and violent crime,” Samborn said. “We look at which court the defendant is likely to get a substantially greater sentence.”
◆ The upshot: “More cases that used to be brought federally are now staying in state courts because [they are] now able to get a sentence equally great or greater,” he says.
There ya go.Gads!
Pencils poised! Now comes word actor George Clooney, a much sought after numero uno guest, will not be attending the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner April 27 at the Washington Hilton! But not to worry: A very pregnant Kim Kardashian is still planning to hit the event, which will be attended by President Barack Obama.
The cardinal’s story. . .
Pew news: In this new era of papal simplicity serving the poor and forgotten, Pope Francis broke Easter precedent by washing the feet of prisoners at a detention facility.
◆ In New York: In a reflection on the new papal action, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who seems to be trailed by a fleet of PR people, celebrated mass Wednesday for prisoners at their jail.
◆ Cardinal George’s plan? “Cardinal George is not changing his Holy Week schedule to reflect what the pope is doing (a prison visit) and will stick with a traditional Easter week schedule,” said his spokesman, Colleen Dolan.
◆ The kicker: The cardinal already visits prisoners every Christmas at Cook County Jail. “He was prevented from doing so last Christmas because he was still undergoing chemotherapy cancer treatments, but he’s planning on going again this Christmas. The cardinal had his last cancer test just before he went to Rome, and the doctors were stunned they couldn’t find one cancer cell,” said Dolan. “He’s feeling great!”
The women’s room. . .
A mother/daughter prosecution team — comprised of Cook County Assistant State’s Attorneys Catherine Crowley and Christine Hake — found a way to celebrate Crowley’s retirement before she steps down this week: They prosecuted in tandem and won the case.
“They are quite a team,” said a Sneed source. “I think it’s the first time a mother/daughter team won working for the state’s attorney’s office.”
◆ Backshot: Crowley’s husband — and Hake’s father — is the legendary Terry Hake, the infamous federal mole in the Operation Greylord case, which netted crooked judges. Hake is now director of the Cook County Sheriff’s Office of Professional Review, and Crowley is retiring after 28 years.
A Mitt bit. . .
In case you are interested, former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife Ann celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary Thursday.
Hoop scoop. . .
Chicago Bulls star Taj Gibson celebrated his team’s improbable win over Miami Heat on Wednesday by hitting Gibson’s piano bar. Seated nearby was the Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane, who watched the Bulls game courtside earlier. Later, Gibson joined teammates Joakim Noah and Jimmy Butler at Studio Paris to continue the revelry.
Sneedlings. . .
Friday’s birthdays: Elle Macpherson, 50; Perry Farrell, 54, and Amy Sedaris, 52.