Imagine the delicious irony of a man who sponsored legislation to eliminate cash bail being upset because someone who attacked him was later released after posting only $1500 in cash bail. That just happened to gun-hating Illinois Democrat State Senator Elgie Sims of Chicago.
The incident took place in Springfield days ago where Sims owns a home he uses during the state’s legislative session. According to the now-offended Sen. Sims, the suspect threatened him with a gun during an apparent road rage incident after Sims told him he’d called 9-1-1. If true, Sims is lucky the man didn’t do more than threaten him.
But the truly delicious irony remains the Senator’s righteous indignation that his (alleged) attacker only had to post $1500 to get himself back out of jail and on the streets again. This righteous indignation coming from the very Senator who sponsored a new law to eliminate cash bail entirely.
From CWB Chicago:
An Illinois state senator who sponsored recently-signed legislation that will eliminate cash bail in the state by 2023 is outraged that a man who allegedly flashed a gun at him while driving only had to post $1,500 to get out of jail.
“By him being released on bail, he’s free to do this again,” Sen. Elgie Sims of Chicago told the State-Journal Register.
Yet just last month Sims tweeted, “money bond doesn’t guarantee public safety or someone’s appearance in court, it supports a system where freedom is based on the size of someone’s bank account. We’ve tried the failed tough on crime polices [sic] of the past.”
Money bond doesn’t guarantee public safety or someone’s appearance in court, it supports a system where freedom is based on the size of someone’s bank account. We’ve tried the failed tough on crime polices of the past, let’s #ReimaginePublicSafety #EquityandJustice #SignHB3653 https://t.co/l79slFKU53
— Elgie Sims (@ElgieSims) February 4, 2021
The legislation Sims sponsored in January will soon prohibit Illinois judges from setting any cash bail except when the defendant “poses a real and present threat” to safety.
Not only that, but the bill Sims sponsored to eliminate cash bail — which is now law in the Land of Lincoln — for all but the most heinous crimes replaced the Land of Lincoln’s “Affordable Bail” law that released those arrested and charged with crimes on bail not based on the seriousness of the charge, but on the defendant’s ability to pay.
So just to be clear, Senator Sims was perfectly happy to turn accused criminals loose and let them back on the streets to prey on average citizens. But when someone attacks him and gets out after posting relative chump change, that’s suddenly evidence of a real problem with the Illinois criminal justice system.
It’s funny how when the shoe is on the other foot, these high and mighty legislators, the people who crafter the laws under which we have to live, have a very different take on public safety when they’re personally affected.
“By him being released on bail, he’s free to do this again,” said Democrat Sen. Elgie Sims.
No kidding, Sherlock. Why do you think Illinois has added so many new gun owners in the last year?