Progressive urban centers like New York City have made sure to get their anarcho-tyranny fix in during the Wuhan Virus pandemic.
In the latest chapter of failed “criminal justice” reform, a 29-year-old man, Daniel Vargas, was released last month by Governor Andrew Cuomo in order to prevent the spread of the virus in New York jails.
And in unsurprising fashion, Vargas beat and robbed a 62-year-old-man.
Of the 1,100 prisoners that Cuomo released last month, Vargas was among the most dangerous. The New York Post highlighted that he had “dozen-plus priors included assault, robbery weapons possessions and burglary.”
Now Vargas is being held on $50,000 bail on fresh charges of robbery, grand larceny and assault. He allegedly assauled an elderly man leaving a bodega with a cane in The Bronx right after 8 a.m. on April 7.
According to charges, Vargas wanted to get his hands on the man’s money, the proceeded to beat him when he refused. In the end, Vargas was able to run off with $80.
The old man won’t accept his cash, because he fears the money might be contaminated with the Wuhan Virus.
“Wherever we can get people out of jails, out of prisons, now, we are,” Cuomo declared while announcing the releases, noting that he was getting people out of jail “because they violated parole for non-serious reasons.”
Although there could be a case for releasing elderly prisoners and criminals with exclusively non-violent offenses, it makes no sense to release convicts with a dangerous history of priors.
But for the iconoclastic Left, the entire country is a massive laboratory for them to experiment on, consequences be damned.
Supreme Court Overturns NY Cuomo’s Coronavirus Restrictions on Houses of Worship
Religious freedom restored.
The US Supreme Court has overturned New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s coronavirus restrictions on houses of worship, preventing the state from enforcing limits on attendance at religious services.
The decision was reached by a 5-4 ruling on Wednesday night, with recently-confirmed Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett proving to be a decisive vote on overruling the restrictions. Bush administration appointee John Roberts joined progressive judges in voting to allow Cuomo to restrict attendance at religious services.
The ruling justices issued a majority opinion which identified the religious restrictions as a violation of the First Amendment not otherwise applied to “essential” businesses.
Cuomo’s 10 and 25-person occupancy restrictions were decided to “single out houses of worship for especially harsh treatment,” with justices pointing to a lack of restrictions on other institutions. Catholics of the Diocese of Brooklyn and Orthodox Jews had united in a lawsuit challenging the restrictions, which New York has recently sought to walk back of its own accord. Andrew Cuomo had applied no such restrictions to arbitrary businesses allowed to open, such as acupuncture and nail salons. Meanwhile, religious organizations have been required to turn away worshipers at their doors.
It’s not up to governors to dictate to American citizens whether or not they can attend religious services. Some things are simply best determined by personal conscience, as opposed to governmental mandates.
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