Thursday, April 17, 2014

TRIBUNE: Another Woman Accused Rape, Robbery Suspect Of Sexual Assault in December

Marcus Lynch, the man charged with raping and robbing a woman in a Boystown alley Monday afternoon, was accused of sexual assaulting another woman in December, but prosecutors did not file charges, the Chicago Tribune reports:
[P]rosecutors acknowledged that another woman had come forward in December alleging Lynch had sexually assaulted her. But prosecutors decided that they did not have enough evidence to convict Lynch, said Sally Daly, spokeswoman for the Cook County state's attorney's office.
“It was a different case with different circumstances, and there was insufficient evidence to pursue charges,” Daly said.
That development was nonchalantly added to the Tribune story during a Wednesday evening re-write.
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10 comments:

  1. That's just disgusting. But it sure sounds like the practices described in the Chicago Magazine article a week ago. Not pursuing crimes because the city doesn't want them to count toward the total crime statistics, wrongly classifying crimes, etc. He got away with (allegedly) sexually assaulting someone in December, and because he saw the city didn't do anything about it, so OF COURSE he decided to try it again. I can't wait to see how the city handles this case. I really hope that he gets put away for a long damn time, but I have such little faith in this city/state that I'm doubting he'll get more than a brief stint in jail, if anything. And then who's going to explain when he does this a THIRD TIME?

    Criminals continue committing crimes because there are no (or minimal) consequences. And until this willfully ignorant city and state, and our willfully ignorant "leaders" admit that, then innocent, law-abiding citizens will continue to be under siege. Truly disgusting and reprehensible.

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    1. Sarah, "innocent law-abiding citizens" deserve what they get in terms of leaders when only 10 to 15% turn out to vote. That is the unreported crime both in this city and state as well as in the country. We sit on our fat behinds on election days and then complain about our leaders who get elected. People need to become engaged in the political process, make informed decisions and vote.

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    2. Does the prosecutor's decision not to prosecute affect the CPD reported crime stats? Crimes are reported well before the State's Attorney's office decides whether to prosecute, and even complaints filed in court precede the filing of formal charges by weeks or months.

      I wouldn't worry about the State's Attorney's office. In my experience, prosecutors generally error on the size of overzealousness. If they didn't think they had a case, I would assume they did not.

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    3. Yes, the CCSA refuses to allow felony charges routinely. They only want to prosecute cases they are 100% sure they will win. See, they need to keep their #s up for their boss who runs for election and wants to be able to point to a great conviction rate. This is a perfect example of the "catch and release" program we have going on in Cook County: Cops catch the bad guys and either the ASAs refuse to prosecute or the judge throws it out because the ASAs do such a lousy job of presenting the case. Go sit in a courtroom and watch this joke of a judicial system. You'll walk away appalled.

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    4. ASA's (prosecutors) are not overzealous in their pursuit of justice.
      In major cases, they proceed only if they reasonably believe that they will win the case. It's all about numbers. It's not about whether or not the offender has been identified. It's about winning. Stats.
      Downstate, police officers may arrest offenders based upon probable cause. In Cook County (and other metro counties), police must obtain felony approval first.

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  2. I was wondering why no bail was granted to a guy without any prior convictions; clearly the DA knew he should be in prison.

    Everyone's worried about statistics but nobody is worried about the citizens. The 'City that Works' has been destroyed by corrupt government. A media that actually investigates and reports would help, but we don't have that either.

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    1. EXACTLY. What the numb nut politicians dont seem to get, is that by simply protecting the citizens (by having enough police), the stats take care of themselves because many crimes will simply not happen to begin with.

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    2. right on all accounts.

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  3. I'm wondering if this scumbag had ever set foot in the Center on Halsted? Something must have enticed him to migrate up to our area from the lovely Back of the Yards neighborhood.

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  4. Those clown car ridiculous lies and cover-ups (on police count, why the beach was closed, all the wildings, the Center on Halsted shenanigans, etc...) was exactly why I got the eff out of Lakeview after 8 years of being at Southport and Belmont. I miss it dearly, but, I don't miss the threat of crime or being a random victim. Good luck to all and stay safe. Keep up the great work CWB!!!

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