Former ICE director says he would ‘rather put an illegal alien in jail for DUI than white collar bank fraud’

The former director of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has suggested he would rather use resources to tackle illegal immigrants drink drivingthan jail people for bank fraud.

In an interview with Fox NewsTom Homan, who was the director of ICE between January 2017 and June 2018 said: “I mean are you kidding me? 10,000 people per year die from DUIs (Driving under the influence of alcohol). 28 people a day die from DUIs.

“I’d rather put an illegal alien in jail for DUI than white collar bank fraud. It isn’t about if it’s a felony or misdemeanour, it’s about is it a public safety threat, and it’s threatening the American citizens.”

It was not clear whether he meant he would rather jail illegal immigrants who were caught drink driving over anybody committing “white collar bank fraud”, or whether he was referring to illegal immigrants who were somehow managing to commit “white collar bank fraud” – of which there are likely to be very few.

Mr Homan’s comments were met with outrage. Many on Twitter pointed out he was presenting a false dichotomy as arresting people for drink driving and arresting people for bank fraud is not an either/or situation and both are possible.

Instead it was suggested the remarks revealed Mr Homan’s prejudices and several people accused him of racism.

Others pointed out it was not the job of a law enforcement officer “to determine which laws are not worth enforcing”.

Last year Mr Homan defended the Trump administration’s policy of separating parents and children at the US-Mexico border when they had entered the country illegally.

“Those who choose to come between the ports of entry are committing a crime,” Mr Homan said, according to Time magazine.

“Children and parents get separated every day across this country when a parent is charged with a criminal offence. It’s sad to see children cry when you take a parent out of a home, but because it’s sad, doesn’t mean that we ignore the law.”

He added: “You can like or love this president, but no president has done more for border security and public safety than this president. You cannot deny that.”

According to Forbes the cost of white collar crimes in America is over $500bn a year. https://news.yahoo.com/former-ice-director-says-rather-122435359.html;_ylt=AwrXgSPVcZ9cfHkA3Y_QtDMD;_ylu=X3oDMTByMjR0MTVzBGNvbG8DZ3ExBHBvcwM3BHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzcg–

Todd Helton cited on DUI charge, enters treatment center

Todd Helton cited on DUI charge, enters treatment center
(David Zalubowski | The Associated Press) Retired Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton, left, jokes with former teammate and third baseman Vinny Castilla as they watch batting practice during picture day for the Rockies before a baseball game against the Miami Marlins Saturday, June 23, 2018, in Denver.

Knoxville, Tenn. • Former All-Star first baseman Todd Helton has received a misdemeanor citation on a charge of driving under the influence after getting involved in a one-car accident.

Helton’s lawyer says the former Colorado Rockies star has entered a residential treatment program.

“He realizes there are parts of his behavior that need to change, and he is focused on doing just that,” Stephen Ross Johnson said in a statement.

According to a Knox County sheriff’s report, Helton’s car struck a telephone pole March 18 before 6 p.m. Officers said Helton indicated he had taken an Ambien at about 2 p.m. One officer saw a cup in Helton’s car that “had the odor of an alcoholic beverage.”

Officers said they were unable to conduct field sobriety tests or interview Helton in depth on the scene because he was being transported to a hospital for further evaluation. They said that “due to the totality of the circumstances, and due to the arrestee needing immediate medical treatment away from the scene,” Helton was given a misdemeanor citation “in lieu of custodial arrest.”

Johnson said Helton required emergency medical care but wasn’t seriously injured. Officers said Helton voluntarily gave blood for chemical testing while at the hospital.

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Helton, 45, retired in 2013 after spending his entire 17-year playing career with the Rockies. The five-time All-Star remains Colorado’s career leader in numerous hitting categories, including hits (2,519), homers (369), runs (1,401), RBIs (1,406) and total bases (4,292).

He had a DUI arrest in Colorado in 2013. https://www.sltrib.com/sports/2019/03/26/todd-helton-cited-dui/

Taiwan mulls death penalty for drunk driving

Currently the maximum sentence in Taiwan for causing a death while drunk behind the wheel is 10 years

Taiwan plans to ramp up punishments for those who cause a fatal accident while drunk driving, including the death penalty for the most egregious cases, sparking an outcry from abolition and rights groups.

The cabinet on Thursday approved a draft amendment to the Criminal Code that would make death by drunk driving an indictable murder offence, potentially punishable by death if the deed is deemed “intentional”, officials said.

The proposal needs parliamentary approval but comes after a spate of high profile deaths that have generated widespread outrage.

Currently the maximum sentence in Taiwan for causing a death while drunk behind the wheel is 10 years.

The new proposal would increase jail sentences for repeat offenders who commit a new offence within five years of their first conviction.

They face up to a life sentence for causing a death and 12 years for grave injuries.

“Cases of drunk driving leading to death are rampant… drink drivers recklessly caused accidents that took lives and destroyed families to result in irreparable regret,” the Justice Ministry said in a statement.

In one notorious case in January, a 40-year-old man crashed his van into a taxi while driving intoxicated, killing three people and injuring three others including himself.

Very few countries employ the death penalty for drunk driving cases.

China has previously vowed to execute those who have killed behind the wheel and some states in the United States retain capital punishment for such cases.

In 2014 a Texas man was indicted on “capital murder” after he ploughed his car into a crowd killing four people.

But in the end prosecutors did not seek the death penalty and he was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Several rights groups on Thursday, including the Taiwan Association for Human Rights, issued a joint statement criticising the proposed amendment and calling for “rational legislation for irrational drunk driving”.

“There is a lack of evidence and research that seeking grave penalties and legislation would truly prevent drunk driving,” the statement said.

Taiwan resumed capital punishment in 2010 after a five-year hiatus, despite ongoing calls from local and international rights groups for its abolition.

Various surveys over the years have shown support from the public for keeping the death penalty.

Taiwan executed a man who murdered his ex-wife and their daughter last September, the first execution carried out under President Tsai Ing-wen’s government that took office in 2016. https://news.yahoo.com/taiwan-mulls-death-penalty-drunk-driving-084435546.html;_ylt=AwrXnCIuv5xcKwoAz37QtDMD;_ylu=X3oDMTByb2lvbXVuBGNvbG8DZ3ExBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzcg–

‘Kill Bill’ actor Michael Madsen arrested for allegedly driving under the influence

Actor Michael Madsen has been arrested.

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — Police have arrested actor Michael Madsen after they say he was stopped while driving under the influence.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says Madsen was driving a Land Rover, which struck a pole in Malibu, California, around 8 p.m. PDT on Sunday. The 61-year-old, who has been featured in such Quentin Tarantino movies as “Reservoir Dogs” and “Kill Bill,” was not injured.

Officers questioned Madsen and he was placed under arrest. His blood-alcohol level was not immediately available. He was released from jail Monday morning.

His publicist has not responded to an email seeking comment.

This was not the first time Madsen was arrested for an incident involving alcohol; it happened twice in 2012.

In September of that year, he was arrested in Malibu in 2012 for a suspected case of drunken-driving on the Pacific Coast Highway. A test administered at the time put his blood-alcohol level at .21, more than twice the legal limit of .08, according to Steve Whitmore, then a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s  Office.

That March, Madsen was arrested at his Malibu home after what detectives described as a drunken fight with his teenage son. However, prosecutors declined to file charges because of a lack of evidence. https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2019/03/25/michael-madsen-arrested-driving-under-influence-dui/3268052002/

Driver on heroin who fatally struck electric scooter rider in Cleveland sentenced to 8 years in prison

Driver on heroin who fatally struck electric scooter rider in Cleveland sentenced to 8 years in prison
Scott McHugh addresses the victim’s family at his sentencing (Source: WOIO) 

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) – The driver convicted of driving under the influence of drugs and fatally hitting a 21-year-old woman riding an electric scooter was sentenced Thursday.

Scott McHugh was sentenced to eight years in prison for the August 2018 incident. Sentencing for driver who hit, killed electric scooter rider in Cleveland

McHugh was high on heroin when he hit and killed Jenasia Summers in August 2018. Summers was riding an ICON G electric scooter on East 9th Street near St. Clair Avenue when she was hit by McHugh’s Chevy Cruze.

Jenasia Summers was on an electric scooter when she was struck by a vehicle and killed. (Source: Family)
Jenasia Summers was on an electric scooter when she was struck by a vehicle and killed. (Source: Family) 

Crash investigators say McHugh was driving in excess of the posted 25 MPH speed limit. He pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide and OVI.

During sentencing, McHugh apologized for his actions, but acknowledged that he knows that isn’t enough to heal the family’s pain.

“I deserve every amount of time that I get,” McHugh said.

Summers’ 12-year-old niece and mother addressed the courtroom with their emotionally moving victim impact statements.

“My daughter is no longer here and as a mother, I couldn’t fix it,” Summers’ mother said while in tears. “But as the mother that I am, I always tried to fix it or make it right and this time I couldn’t.” Mother of Jenasia Summers gives victim impact statement

McHugh will also be on community supervision after his release and his driver’s license will be revoked for the rest of his life. http://www.cleveland19.com/2019/03/21/driver-who-fatally-struck-electric-scooter-rider-while-high-heroin-set-be-sentenced/