Saturday, January 19, 2008

Let's Compare

Just as a little game we like to play sometimes:
  • Case #1 - A former Aurora street gang leader was sentenced Thursday to 26 years in prison after pleading guilty to two separate homicides, including the shooting of a Marine home on leave.
Got that? A known gang leader and double murderer. Twenty-six years. Next up:
  • Case #2 -Chicago Police Sgt. John Herman was sentenced Friday afternoon to 25 years in prison for raping a woman while on duty.

    Cook County Judge Joseph Claps found Herman, 42, guilty of three counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault and one count each of kidnapping and official misconduct on Dec. 10.

So let's get this straight...if the disgraced Sergeant had killed the victim, he'd have only been entitled to 13 years? Talk about your sentencing discrepancies.

And again, heading off people who are going to misinterpret what we typed, we are not defending Herman. We don't think he was a rapist, but Herman is a pervert who should have been caught by screening before hiring and probably should have been fired for previous actions.

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61 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Screening and hiring"...now theres a thought its a good thing for that fucking useless psych eval and background invest...it amazes me how many times I hear stories of good people who want to be the police, yet the CPD fails them on the psych and yet if you sold drugs or were a gang member you get right on...only in chicago!

1/19/2008 12:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

or atleast expose his clout. noway this guy is smart enough to get promoted.

1/19/2008 12:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Herman was a 20yr old punk he would of got 3yrs.

1/19/2008 12:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clpaps is a racist and hates the POLICE

1/19/2008 01:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Judge Claps is an asshat. Heaven forbid somebody call him Honorable Judge Claps. He dislikes the police big time. He's pro-offender but since the police is the offender in this case he brought the hammer down on him. I feel sorry for all the asa's in his courtroom. they are all afraid to bring the things he does to their superiors.

1/19/2008 03:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Herman must be your Buddy. Why you'd even think to draw some sort of sentencing comparison/injustice is asinine to say the least.

Funny you don't even bother broaching the subject of the Economy Tanking,& how Deferred Comp is taking a beating.
Oh forgot, your guy W is Chief Engineer on this Train Wreck.
Wouldn't want to draw attention now would we?

1/19/2008 08:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a police officer, you should have known better.You are held to a higher standard.

1/19/2008 08:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

remember folks the ASA's office is NOT our friend. they may BS with before or after court or in a bar. but the second they have the chance to hang a chgo cop, they will

1/19/2008 08:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is open season on police, anything they do, expect a sentence double of what any career criminal might get.

Not defending the sergeant, but hopefully he can get his sentence reduced on appeal.

What's fair is fair.

1/19/2008 09:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's it, I'm quitting my job and selling crack. The pay is better and the sentances are lighter.

1/19/2008 09:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man, he is a stroke, but 25 years?

Jesus Christ.

1/19/2008 09:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Herman was 100% wrong in what he did. I guess the court believes a crack head whore more than a P.O.

1/19/2008 09:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a police officer, you should have known better.You are held to a higher standard.

1/19/2008 08:33:00 AM

You are a DICK! So, because the jackass from Aurora WHO KILLED 2 PEOPLE is given a lighter sentence because he is NOT a Police Officer, and thus doesn't know better?? Crawl back under your rock!

1/19/2008 10:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is CROOK COUNTY, why are we surprised? i mean seriously this is the shittiest county in the United States

1/19/2008 10:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Herman is NOT guilty of anything but sleeping with a nasty whore in the ghetto and leaving his condom behind. Anyone with any common sense can see that this is just a way for the whore to get paid, i mean why are we so blind to that? That being said he shouldnt have put himself in that situation, but that doesnt mean he deserves 25yrs. just because he was convicted in CROOK county doesnt mean he is guilty. Lets be real, these judges and juries in this county arent exactly stand up legitimate people. Many judges are connected and the juries are made of fucking criminals. Cant get a fair trial in this county if you are the police

1/19/2008 10:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If your the "police" your done! If your doing any type of proactive policing in this environment please seek mediacl help before you lose everything! Not saying herman was not a goof but WTF! a murderer is more valued than a copper who did a whore! Yea thats the ticket, scummy whore wins cpd and the lawsuit the city will of course pay loses! great job judge your an ASSet to your job idiot!

1/19/2008 10:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow,downtown must really have a hardon for the guy and made a phone call to the judge.

Any body have any 411 on the judge and his relations to CPD??

1/19/2008 10:37:00 AM  
Anonymous The View said...

Sorry, but I feel no sympathy at all for Herman. He and his ilk have been allowed to continually embarrass this job for years. He'll probably receive a reduced sentence upon appeal, but I won't lose sleep over this man one way or the other. I can think of a certain Capt. in 011 working 2nd watch who should have probably caught the same deal many years ago. Fire them all, and if/when necessary, prosecute their shady asses as well. Those among our profession who cannot conduct themselves honorably or professionally off duty or on, this is your wake up call to leave now.

1/19/2008 10:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's All Legitimate,NOT!!!

John Herman catches 25 years for a BS rape and Michael Allegretti walks away scott free from two rapes. Something aint right.

1/19/2008 10:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You wear a badge you set yourself to a higher standard. You fuck up, the penalties will be greater. On the other side, there are higher penalties -- on the books at least -- for harming a police officer. One shithead kills another no big deal. He gets 10 years. Kill a police officer; get the death penalty (hopefully).

The guy got what he deserves. We do not want to go down the road of comparing sentence between useless pieces of shit gangbangers and fucked up police officers.

It would be nice if the SA would pursue offenses committed against police officers with as much volition, but these are the times we live in.

1/19/2008 11:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Screening and hiring"....What the hell is that? This department does not care about backgrounds. The PPO in the 009th district was a well known gangbanger. Thank God he was fired after assaulting a bouncer at a club. The academy is crawling with recruits with heavy ties to gangs. PATHETIC!

1/19/2008 11:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THE COURT SYSTEM IS LAUGHABLE PLAN AND SIMPLE...
YOU WOULD KNOW THIS IF YOU EVER WENT TO SKOKIE OR 26TH STREET.

1/19/2008 11:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First of all the sgt had a white shirt uniform on, and was carrying a gun along with the authority to lock up the crack head. He sickens me.

1/19/2008 11:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Sgt. is a sum bag, but 25 yrs for a rock head whore? Maybe at best a charge of theft of services.
He should of only lost his job. The ASA would never even of entertained charges if he was a lawyer, plumber, truck driver, etc..

Then 26 yrs to a gang leader. What the.. The gang leader will be out in half the time. Maybe even get the chance to kill more people.
Great justice system.

1/19/2008 12:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Judge Claps has a long history of hating the police. He is a total political hack! And of course, a democRAT

1/19/2008 12:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gang-banger took a plea.

Herman went to trial. I have heard that Herman was offered a felony official misconduct conviction, no prison, and no more job. The ever-arrogant Herman turned that down to go to trial.

He lost.

Play with fire. You get burned.

1/19/2008 12:34:00 PM  
Anonymous I want to be a Rock Star said...

Anonymous said...
or at least expose his clout. no way this guy is smart enough to get promoted.

1/19/2008 12:27:00 AM

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Wrong, HERMAN is very, very smart! He just has no sense whatsoever. He got bad advise from the FOP lawyer, who told him to deny any involvement and refuse DNA testing. Had he admitted to the affair and intercourse right off the bat he would taken a suspension but would not have been charged.

His FOP lawyer is who put him in jail!!!

1/19/2008 01:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The academy is going to be offering training for recruits and in-service personnel on how not to be an asshat.
Topics covered will be "Don't Sleep With What You Police", "Don't Do Home Invasions, Try Burglary Instead" "Don't Drink With What You Police"
and the obvious but the one alot of dumb coppers have a problem with is "Don't Drink and Drive"

1/19/2008 01:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 8am

First, SCC excoriated the pervert, he is just making a comparison of sentencing.

As to your second "point" economies are cyclical. I have made a lot of money in the seven years of W ,if I have to give a little of the "houses" money back temporarily, oh well. Seven years of expansion and no unemployment is unheard of. If the market correction is delaying your retirement then you are an idiot. when your were 5-7 years out you should've been gradually reallocating your portfolio out of equities and into bonds.

1/19/2008 01:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Herman is an ultra-idiot, but does not deserve this prison sentence for getting involved with a crac-whore who has probably had more Dicks in her than all the CPD Areas combined. Beware Milan and Company, who are lining up indictments to look tough to the liberal cop-hating voters of our "Deadbats First" City and County, compliments of the Crook County Commie-crats..
VOTE PERICA FOR STATES ATTORNEY!
VOTE STRAIGHT REPUBLICAN.

1/19/2008 01:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

misdemeanor probation and termination from the Job at most for Hermann. There are numerous Nut-Jobs still working full duty that have far more constant beefs, going on for yers and decades, on file with the Department than Hermann did, and noting has been done with them, due to their Chinamen bailing them out of trouble repeatedly.

1/19/2008 02:00:00 PM  
Anonymous A Dick who tried said...

I've had (3) murder cases in which all (3) defendants were known/admitted gangbangers. All were good cases with witnesses identifying the defendant.

All (3) defendants got twenty years.

Pgthhhhgthhhhhhhgthhhhhh.

(That's just me trying to type the sound of me sticking my tounge out and going Pgthhhhgthhhhhgthhhh.)

1/19/2008 02:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is why I quit doing any type of proactive policing. If we were to just make the arrest we had to and not any onview shit. Don't jam yourslef up for this city or the asa will f*&k you without any lube. Burge for ASA!!!

1/19/2008 03:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a police officer, you should have known better.You are held to a higher standard.
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I'm getting tired of this bullshit comment. There are a lot of people that should know better but some how they are slipped through an unjust system. A police officer extends their life over and over again and this seems to breeze over too many peoples heads. This m-f'r has murdered multiple people and he'll walk the streets before the other knucklehead, unbelievable.

1/19/2008 03:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Typical southside hillbilly police!!

1/19/2008 05:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He deserved to lose his job just out of stupidity for having sex with a crackhead.

It's a sad day when anyone, police officer or not, is convicted on a rape with no physical evidence. Just the word of a crackhead.

And 25 years?! Murderers don't even get that much time!

1/19/2008 05:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And people wonder why so many PO's are afraid to do their job in this anti-police atmosphere.

I know many guys who have given up being aggressive, not worth the risk anymore.

25 years, wow.

1/19/2008 06:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The truth is it was 25 years for theft of service

1/19/2008 07:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Herman went to trial. I have heard that Herman was offered a felony official misconduct conviction, no prison, and no more job. The ever-arrogant Herman turned that down to go to trial.

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Is this true?

1/19/2008 07:42:00 PM  
Anonymous che said...

Wow, in case 1, as*hole kills a Marine home on leave and doesn't
get life or death. Im surprised the FEDS dont step in and hammer him on that.
From a different angle, too bad these idiot,coward Latino activist
groups dont make any noise about the thugs like this guy thats terrorizing thier own people. If it was a Copper slapping this killer, they'd be in the $treet$ in a second........

1/19/2008 08:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You guys still don't get it. It wasn't even the dumbass Herman's actions that hung him, but the Detectives who LIED under oath that hung him. Dicks who tried to "help" this asshat lied every which way, and left a trail of evidence.

Keep on perjuring yourselves, then wonder why you are under the spotlight. Doesn't take a genius to figure it out. There is always some one smarter than you looking at the case objectively. PLEASE keep that in mind.

1/19/2008 10:48:00 PM  
Anonymous A layman, not a lawyer said...

What is the rational behind the common attitude, and results, concerning if an accused pleads guilty, ie., plea bargain, he/she gets the low end on sentencing, but if the accused goes to trial, 'forcing' the prosecution to prove the accused is guilty, then the high end on sentencing is imposed?

How is the guilt of an accused any worse, and deserving of more severe punishment, whether the accused admits guilt or is found to be guilty?

And why isn't it a clear violation of the essence of just punishment for there to be a difference in punishment severity, based solely on the accused compelling the accuser to prove the accusations at trial?

Seems like clear and obvious extortion is taking place here, with the prosecution being the extorter and the accused being the extorted.

And the presiding judge, of necessity, must be a part of the extortion.

How is this, by any stretch of the imagination, justice?

1/19/2008 11:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You guys still don't get it. It wasn't even the dumbass Herman's actions that hung him, but the Detectives who LIED under oath that hung him. Dicks who tried to "help" this asshat lied every which way, and left a trail of evidence.

Keep on perjuring yourselves, then wonder why you are under the spotlight. Doesn't take a genius to figure it out. There is always some one smarter than you looking at the case objectively. PLEASE keep that in mind.

1/19/2008 10:48:00 PM

You

Are

Retarded.

1/19/2008 11:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have known Herman well since grade school. Never liked the man. He is a weirdo. He is not now and never was a rapist. He just didn't pay for his services.
Fire him....Yes....Jail him....Never!!

1/19/2008 11:57:00 PM  
Blogger papa smurf said...

herman is good people. a little goofy but would give you the shirt off his back. possibly a good appeal case if he has the funds to do it. judge clap or crabs or whatever must be some kind of psychic-- he has the ability to determine who is telling the truth-- must have a crystal ball.

1/20/2008 02:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Robocop said...

"Herman must be your Buddy. Why you'd even think to draw some sort of sentencing comparison/injustice is asinine to say the least."


Speak the following words:

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Yam

Sofa

King

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Speak them in the above order and as quickly as you can.

Thank you, in advance, for your cooperation.

1/20/2008 03:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
The academy is going to be offering training for recruits and in-service personnel on how not to be an asshat.
Topics covered will be "Don't Sleep With What You Police", "Don't Do Home Invasions, Try Burglary Instead" "Don't Drink With What You Police"

1/19/2008 01:16:00 PM

Wrong. The academy stopped training and now the priority is physical fitness. Classes are dropped to make time for exercise and BMI. Ethics, law, case reports are cut. Instead, they focus on running and weight lifting. Mayor ordered more exercise. Why hire recruits with college when fitness is the top priority? Half of the recruits have trouble understanding law and writing a narrative but they can lift and run.

1/20/2008 10:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Speak them in the above order and as quickly as you can.

Thank you, in advance, for your cooperation.

1/20/2008 03:43:00 AM"

Wouldn't want to steal away your morning mantra, you keep on repeating you life philosophy shorteyes

1/20/2008 12:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Herman threw the dice...and came up craps. Don't waste a tear for him. He's played this game many times, and it finally came time for him to pay the price. Did he get dumped on by the judge? ABSOLUTELY? Who can he blame for this? The man staring back at him in the small mirror for the next two decades. JH played, and now he's going to pay.

1/20/2008 12:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a police officer, you should have known better.You are held to a higher standard.
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My question is why this mantra is repeated every time society shoves it up a coppers ass for something they would get a slap on the wrist for. However, when we ask for higher pay, some benefit for the shitty hours, non-stop dealings with dregs of society...or better yet when some copper tases a shitloaf that was going to attack him you hear the "relax, getting (punched, kicked, scratched, assaulted shot etc.} is part of the job. You signed on the job, you should expect to get hurt.

Which one is it, society. Are we to be held to some higher standard, or are we expendable tools to jump in front and take the punches bullets and knives intended for you? Do we get credit for our office or not?

You want it both fucking ways...and you wonder why the police have a "blue line".

Wish you would think about it honestly, but realistically, you will cluck your tongues, go read mope-rah and bash the police again.

1/20/2008 12:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mayor ordered more exercise. Why hire recruits with college when fitness is the top priority? Half of the recruits have trouble understanding law and writing a narrative but they can lift and run.
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This is AFTER the exercise was STOPPED by the same person due to the RECRUITS complaining about having to do too much running and exercise several years ago.. WHO IS RUNNING THE SHOW?

1/20/2008 04:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Take the fact that Herman was a Chicago Police Officer out of the equation and the Cook County State's Attorney's Office rejects this case over the phone! They would not have even wasted the gas to drive out to the area and interview the crack whore. Judge Claps is a moron, but Herman is an even bigger moron.

1/20/2008 06:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

he should've taken the deal

1/20/2008 07:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Sabian said...

papa smurf said...
herman is good people. a little goofy but would give you the shirt off his back. possibly a good appeal case if he has the funds to do it. judge clap or crabs or whatever must be some kind of psychic-- he has the ability to determine who is telling the truth-- must have a crystal ball.

1/20/2008 02:26:00 AM
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I agree here. In different circles john acted in a myriad of ways. He wouldn't use good sense in some areas but was generous and appropriate in others. He shit and then stepped in it. Give it a break already.

The idiot gangbanger took a plea. WE ALL KNOW how that works. Shaky witnesses, weak evidence, inexperienced ASA, increasing workloads, a good sales pitch by a defense attorney and a quick conviction for the ASA. Not unlike the dicks and their clearance rates. Look at the big picture. We all know the system doesn't treat each case equally for punishment. After reading the previous comments it leads me to beleave that most haven't spent much, if any, time in court. Stick to traffic...that is, if you aren't a lurker.

I am sure if this was a face to face talk instead of a public site many of us would be talking about some real skeletons out there that are bigger than these story. And, damn shame a good Marine died this way. That is the biggest tragedy out of both stories.

1/20/2008 10:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Herman was not offered any deal in which he would get no jail time. Whoever says he was is wrong. The state never offered to drop the sexual assault charge, never. This crack whore went into the 006th District and demanded $5,000 at the desk when she first made the allegation. She later brings up the $5,000 demand to a female detective. Three 006th district desk people and a detective testify that the "victim" asked for $5,000. You think a total of four people would lie under oath? Judge Clapps says the female detective lied, that don't make it true. That's his opinion. This "victim" is well known as a mental in the 006th District. She caused a disturbance in the Walgreens next to the station once and was stabbing herself with a knife in the store. A friend of mine is an investigator for the state at 26th and Cal. They had to put the "victim" up in a hotel for three days before the trial to try and get her sober. She still managed to get drunk, so they actually had her basically locked in her room the night before the she testified. Had an ivestigator at the hotel that night to mack sure she didn't get high or drunk.

1/21/2008 12:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is AFTER the exercise was STOPPED by the same person due to the RECRUITS complaining about having to do too much running and exercise several years ago.. WHO IS RUNNING THE SHOW?

1/20/2008 04:41:00 PM

The mayor micromanages the academy. For some unknown reason, he watches the academy very closely and will listen to recruits, not staff or ads. Every month, new rules. Even white shirts at 35th street try to manage academy. Training is a low priority. Look good and run. Some one else can complete a case report.

1/21/2008 11:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am inclined toward the idea that those who are supposed to be enforcing the law have a higher duty to obey the law, and ought to have a higher penalty for disobeying it.

That is a separate issue from the unconscionably light penalty imposed for the murderer.

1/21/2008 12:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the fools, and I mean fools, that have nothing else to do but read newspaper accounts!!! The Detectives did not LIE, you jagoff eunuch!!!

1/21/2008 05:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Herman was offered a deal! But because he thought the Judge would believe him, he went to trial. BIG MISTAKE!!! Judge CLAPPS is an elected Judge. I'm sure if he found goof ball HERMAN, and I mean GOOFBALL!!, innocent, could you see him being elected again! The media would crucify him!!!

1/21/2008 05:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always liked the guy. He obviously had some kind of problem. I wouldn't go to a party for him because what he did was so stupid. However, if he called me tommorow and asked for fifty bucks to help pay for an appeals lawyer I would give it to him in a heartbeat. I mean it's not like he was out robbing dope dealers, fireman or polish people who couldn't speak english .

1/21/2008 07:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep your dick in your pants while on duty.

1/21/2008 07:17:00 PM  

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