Wednesday, November 19, 2008

A Guilty Plea in Soto Homicide

  • A teenage girl pleaded guilty today to robbing and beating a female witness in the murder case of Chicago Police officer Robert Soto and Kathryn Romberg.

    The girl was apparently angry because her former friend had spoken to police about Jason Austin, the former sole suspect in the high-profile Aug. 13 murders, according to Cook County prosecutors. The State’s Attorney’s office dropped charges against Austin, 26, citing "challenges with witness statements" on Sept. 10. That was the same day the teenager and her relative, 18-year-old Tashianda Howland, were arrested for harassing the witness.

Proof positive that the "don't squeal" culture did more to derail this investigation that anything else. And evidence that the justice system is completely undermined by a segment of society that would let cop killers and other murders go free for...what exactly? What possible benefit is derived from living outside the bounds of civilized society? We'd really like to know.

Hopefully, the judge can throw the book at this fool and the other one and shake something loose.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a world we live in...what a city we are forced to live in

11/19/2008 12:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

let me guess 40hrs community service so that the make belive revruns can write a bogus letter of completion. She can ask for a presidential pardon for her peeps Barock Obama

11/19/2008 01:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

from the linked times article:


"The 16-year-old will be sentenced on Dec. 2.

Howland, who pleaded guilty to simple battery last month, was sentenced to nine months court supervision and community service.

While State’s Attorney Dick Devine and police Supt. Jody Weis have stressed that Austin’s release did not preclude further charges, no one else has been charged in Soto and Romberg’s murders since.

Soto, 49, and Kathryn Romberg, 45, a social worker for the state Department of Children and Family Services, were shot to death about as they sat in Soto's SUV outside her home in the 3000 block of West Franklin Boulevard. She died at the scene. He died a day later."



Not much deterrence here, for witness intimidation, in a felony double murder case.


What lessons are being learned by the guilty?

11/19/2008 03:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amazing, the pastor of Jason Austin's mother coming into 011 with her shortly after he was arrested. As if being a play pastor at one of the thousands of MB churches on the west side means anything. Somewhat OT but two days I look forward to: When those self proclaimed pastors stop dressing like they're zoot suit models, and when the good citizens stop believing these churches are anything other than fronts. How many Mercedes Benz' and Bimmers are registered to the MB church of this or that?

11/19/2008 03:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mary Mitchell should be proud.

11/19/2008 03:49:00 AM  
Blogger Ink Bomb said...

Yet another West Side classic. The juvenile thug’s sole purpose was to silence the witness, but she obviously figured that as long as she had her victim down she might as well exploit the opportunity further by robbing her of her cell phone and money. Predator mentality in action.

If this bag of shit Austin had been prosecuted early on before anyone started backpedaling on witness accounts we wouldn’t now have a killer freely roaming around granting media interviews while his posse is out shutting down the investigation. Absolutely pathetic.

This is what results from liberal society championing the rights of vicious animals who have no regard for anyone else’s rights and a State’s Attorney’s office willing to roll over in compliance. Liberals don’t scratch your tummy when you roll over though, they instead seize the opportunity to firmly administer a chokehold. Unfortunately not enough people are getting this.

11/19/2008 06:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anonymous said...
What a world we live in...what a city we are forced to live in

11/19/2008 12:04:00 AM


No one is forcing anyone to stay here.

11/19/2008 07:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Offender was 16. What do you expect from the County of the misdemeanor murder.

11/19/2008 07:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This juvy charged with intimidation has not been sentenced. Says not til Dec. 2 for her.

11/19/2008 07:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Two p.o’s working out of 012 where assigned to the robbery car that night around the U.C. Spotted a car in a lot hiding out. P.o’s went to investigate found two twin brothers m/1’s mid 20’s with two f/1’s also mid 20’s. p.o’s pulled them out of car, “they be smoken up in car”… p.o’s asked when was the last time you were arrested. One dude said well I really was not arrested just interviewed. P.o asked what. Dude replied that he was picked up by A/4 dics about the Soto murders, and was let go. P.o asked why, dude said long story. P.o asked if they had the right guy. Dude said yeah. P.o asked what he is doing now. Dude said that he is chillen at his boys house smoken it up in Chicago on the west side… dude also said to p.o’s that his aunty is a copper and stopped by when he was picked up by A/4… p.o’s ran dude and his twin bro’s rap sheet, both convicted felons, found burglary’s, theft’s, “robbery”, agg bat to p.o, assault to p.o, ect… p.o’s called A/4 for notifications and all that good stuff.

11/19/2008 08:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this city is a fucking joke!

11/19/2008 08:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The ghetto is not outside the bounds of civilized society. It is a sepperate society. Survival of the fittest trumps civil ethics and values, always. It is only when these cultures conflict, and the rule of law, backed by the threat or use of force, is imposed, does the criminal, or animal, recede.

Thus the gang banger rules the street when the Po Po is not around. Civil society can not afford a Cop on every corner, nor does it care to.

The result; the weak, the elderly and the children are prisoners in their own neighborhood, the jungle. Only those whose parents had the foresight to insist on a good education, or by the luck of unique tallent, or even joining the military to get away and see an alternative world, are able to escape the law of the jungle.

The rest are left to survive, one day at a time, in a world that only the police, fireman and ER doctors and nurses understand in civilized society.

11/19/2008 09:13:00 AM  
Blogger Henry Bowman said...

Found my retirement pics while "rearranging" the garage. I found Bobby and me and everything flooded back.


I won't forget........


God Save the CPD......

11/19/2008 09:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
let me guess 40hrs community service so that the make belive revruns can write a bogus letter of completion. She can ask for a presidential pardon for her peeps Barock Obama

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Only the president, G W BUSH, can give her one.

11/19/2008 10:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I worked with Bobby Soto some years ago in 010. He deserves better than this!!!

There is no room for politics or political correctness when cops are killed. Justice should be swift and fierce!

11/19/2008 10:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

austin the pos is still walking the streets and will most likely sue, watch daley and then burke release the funds as the 49 other weak cowards pay the KILLER! If men like BURGE were still in charge we would put him in prison, or hopefully he would be killed! Now Burge and the retired dics will be facing a grand jury with the blessings of daleys criminalinc family and combine! Soto is killed, the other officer was killed by his home and we have none in prison! Not that many years ago kill a cop your caught plain and simple, but we had coppers with street experience not the hair gel police with their first jobs!

11/19/2008 10:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amazing, the pastor of Jason Austin's mother coming into 011 with her shortly after he was arrested. As if being a play pastor at one of the thousands of MB churches on the west side means anything. Somewhat OT but two days I look forward to: When those self proclaimed pastors stop dressing like they're zoot suit models, and when the good citizens stop believing these churches are anything other than fronts. How many Mercedes Benz' and Bimmers are registered to the MB church of this or that?

11/19/2008 03:47:00 AM

What is a "Bimmer"?

11/19/2008 11:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

....these are a fine people aren't they?

11/19/2008 11:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The 16-year-old girl took the witness’ cell phone and $50, and told the girl not to squeal on Austin, whose nickname is "J-Rock," Kain said before Juvenile Court Judge Carol Kelly as the young victim looked on.

"You’re steady talking, running your mouth about J-Rock," Kain said the girl told the witness.

The 16-year-old, who is not being named because she is a juvenile, also punched and beat the witness in the face with a lock attached to a string in the 600 block of North Troy on Aug. 19, Kain said. During that beating, the girl told the witness, "Stop tricking on J-Rock," Kain said."

What's with the stupid nickname?

11/19/2008 12:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's still a reward being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Det. Soto's and Ms. Romberg's killer(s). If you work in or around the area in which these murders took place, please continue spreading the word.

http://www.sotorewardfund.com/

11/19/2008 04:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No one is forcing anyone to stay here.

11/19/2008 07:20:00 AM


I like my job, smartass

11/19/2008 04:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

...”What possible benefit is derived from living outside the bounds of civilized society? We'd really like to know.”...

True but the sad fact is most civilians don’t understand this fact. Most Civilians do not see what we see and deal with on a daily basis. They think it’s just like Law and Order or CSI, with a little COPS sprinkled on top. They, unfortunately, also think that WE must conform to Rules and Regulations, lest we bruise the feelings of one of these less than human criminals.

11/19/2008 06:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is a "Bimmer"?

11/19/2008 11:47:00 AM

BMW sounds like beamer

11/19/2008 06:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anonymous said...
What a world we live in...what a city we are forced to live in

11/19/2008 12:04:00 AM


No one is forcing anyone to stay here.

11/19/2008 07:20:00 AM

Again some dumb fuck suburbanite who has no clue.

11/19/2008 10:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Found my retirement pics >>while "rearranging" the garage. I found Bobby and me and everything flooded back.


I won't forget........


God Save the CPD......<<

A Long and Happy Retirement to You...are there any pictures you can share on-line?

You might find these interesting...

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chicago/chi-00813-historic-chicops-photogallery,0,4001515.photogallery

11/20/2008 08:04:00 AM  
Anonymous DAve said...

"What possible benefit is derived from living outside the bounds of civilized society? We'd really like to know."
Simple.
Civilized society will pay you to do so-

11/20/2008 12:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now we have two policemen killed in Area 4 both off-duty but these used to be treated as on-duty murders with the same intensity. Now we have nothing, no resolution. With the stupid and cowardly supervisors in Area 4 and at now at detective headquarters, someone should be fired or demoted starting with detectives up to superintendant.

The Detecitve Division was destroyed by the women and women-like "supervisors" who don't have a clue. We used to survive the idiots in the D and other units but the re-gentrification of the department has overran it and it is no longer.

11/20/2008 12:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now we have two policemen killed in Area 4 both off-duty but these used to be treated as on-duty murders with the same intensity. Now we have nothing, no resolution. With the stupid and cowardly supervisors in Area 4 and at now at detective headquarters, someone should be fired or demoted starting with detectives up to superintendant.

The Detective Division was destroyed by the women and women-like "supervisors" who don't have a clue. We used to survive the idiots in the D and other units but the re-gentrification of the department has overran it and it is no longer.

11/20/2008 12:58:00 PM

You sir are a fool, and have zero basis for this comment.
Kindly come to Area 4, and we will gladly discuss your opinion.
You useless piece of of cow dung.

11/25/2008 01:37:00 PM  

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