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Carol Moseley Braun Mugger Gets 20 Years

From those champions of law and order at the Chicago Tribune:

Carol Moseley Braun’s attacker gets 20 years

By Jeremy Gorner | Chicago Tribune reporter
July 11, 2008

The man accused of attacking former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun during a robbery attempt outside her Hyde Park home last year was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison.

Joseph Dixon was given 20 years for the attempted armed robbery of the Illinois Democrat and another 5 years for aggravated battery when he appeared Friday before Cook County Criminal Court Judge Michael Toomin.

Dixon, 39, will serve the sentences concurrently, said Tandra Simonton, a spokeswoman for the state’s attorney’s office.

During Dixon’s trial last month, Braun identified him as the man who attacked her outside her home April 27, 2007, and attempted to steal her purse at knife point.

Though Braun identified Dixon in a lineup, the defense claimed that because he was wearing a hooded sweat shirt, the same article of clothing worn by her attacker, it was suggestive and unfairly informed Braun’s identification of him. The defense also argued that two University of Chicago students who eventually came to Braun’s aid during the attack could not identify him in a lineup.

But after struggling with her attacker face to face and having seen the same man earlier when she was getting ready to park her car, Braun told the defense she was able to see Dixon’s face.


The facts of the crime are these. A mugger emerged from the bushes near Ms. Braun’s front door. He cut the strap of her purse with a knife. Ms. Braun fell down and fractured her left wrist.

The mugger was chased off without the purse by a University of Chicago student while his girlfriend called 911.

So, bad as it was, this was not attempted murder or rape. There wasn’t even a gun involved. Indeed, even the battery charge is somewhat questionable.

Additionally, as the article notes, Ms. Bruan turns out to be the only witness to identify the alleged perp.

And for this Mr. Dixon gets 20 years? (Technically, 25.) For an attempted "purse snatching"?

Where is Ms. Braun’s vaunted compassion? Her understanding for the undoubtedly underprivileged background of her attacker?

Moreover, compare this swift and terrible justice with what would happen under similar circumstances to a ‘regular joe’ who is not a high profile liberal Democrat luminary.

But, alas, some people are more equal than others.

And they are usually Democrats.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, July 12th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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