Fiery 'It Is the Worst of Times': Judge Jeanine Slams 'Two-Faced' De Blasio
On last night’s “Justice,” Judge Jeanine Pirro blasted New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for his leadership in the wake of the murder of two NYPD officers, calling his response disingenuous, factually wrong and misleading.
In particular, Judge Jeanine slammed de Blasio and "turn-em-loose" Brooklyn Judge Laura Johnson for allowing a man who made copycat threats against police to walk out of court without bail.
"The mayor continues with his two-faced approach to the public," Judge Jeanine said. "He now says he will work to change bail statutes to empower judges with authority to have more discretion."
"Mr. Mayor, this is the worst of times. And we have only one person to blame. And with you at the helm, it remains the winter of despair."
Watch Judge Jeanine's fiery opening statement above and read the full transcript below.
He rode in pledging to end the tale of two cities.
“So let me be clear. When I said we would take dead aim at the tale of two cities, I meant it. And we will do it. I will honor the faith and trust you have placed in me. And we will give life to the hope of so many in our city. We will succeed as one city.” – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday
He pledged to end police practices that unfairly target people of color. And one year later - New York continues to be two cities, never more divided.
Right now - it is not the best of times. It is the worst of times.
As tens of thousands of police from around the country come to pay respects to Officer Wenjian Liu - assassinated with his partner Officer Ramos five days before Christmas in the city where protesters chanted ‘death to cops’ -Mayor Bill de Blasio continues his anti-law enforcement agenda.
The mayor - embarrassed by the actions of police turning their backs to him at the funeral of Officer Ramos - tries to mend fences with law enforcement - the very group he said he has to train his son to be cautious of because of the dangers that they pose.
And within hours of the assassinations - the copycats start, posting terrorist threats, calling for cold-blooded executions of police.
And one of those copycats - 18-year-old Devon Coley, a reputed gang member - is arrested and charged with a felony, but then released, free to walk out of court, no bail required by Brooklyn Judge Laura Johnson.
And within two days of that release, the mayor was back to his tale of two cities - continuing the worst of times by reappointing that very Brooklyn judge who freed Coley, despite the Brooklyn prosecution rightly asking for $250,000 bail.
Judge Johnson - who allowed Coley to walk out of court in the NYPD threat case - was reportedly admonished by an official with the office of court administration, who said that that allowing no bail in cases where threats to law enforcement are made is simply unacceptable.
But this former legal aid society attorney continues her disregard of the law by freeing a man charged with attacking a cop outside a Chinese restaurant in Brooklyn.
And when called on this - the mayor issues a statement that is not only disingenuous, it is factually wrong and misleading.
De Blasio sides with turn-em-loose Judge Laura Johnson - saying bail is almost exclusively about risk of flight.
The truth? This dirt bag Devon Coley has a history of not returning to court! He has a history of flight, a history of having warrants issued for failing to return to court.
He is the quintessential flight risk and what you don't know is that Coley is already under indictment in two separate cases, one for robbery and conspiracy and the other indictment for possession of a loaded firearm. You hear that? Criminal possession of a loaded firearm. The same guy who posts a picture of someone shooting a New York City cop in a New York City cop car.
The bail statute makes clear that possession of a firearm is specifically included as a criteria of granting bail. And as if that's not enough - when charged with assault in the first degree with a knife - which is the closest thing to attempted murder - he doesn't even come back to court.
And of course since he just turned 18 - we have no idea what his juvenile record is. And I doubt, Mr. Mayor, that he turned 18 and immediately escalated into felony crimes. What we do know is that he started with jumping turnstiles, stealing a bike, assaulting people.
And although the mayor's office alleges that turn-em-loose Judge Johnson is a well-respected judge - the truth is that this was not the first time she released Devon Coley without bail.
The mayor's office on background said that the judge took seriously that there had been a threat to law enforcement, but that under New York law, he says, her hands were tied.
Folks, I’m here to tell you that that is pure hogwash. The mayor said that bail can only be used to ensure a defendant returns to court.
Ironically - at the same time that the mayor's office says there was no evidence to suggest that Devon Coley was a flight risk - a warrant is issued for his arrest for, you guess it, not appearing in court as part of a plea bargain on a theft conviction.
The mayor continues with his two-faced approach to the public. He now says he will work to change bail statutes to empower judges with authority to have more discretion.
What he doesn't seem to know is that an accused character reputation, habits and criminal record, as well as juvenile delinquent record are the criteria to be considered in determining bail.
And any judge who knows her way around a court room would know that setting no bail in a case like this is not only irresponsible, it amounts to ignoring the rule of law. And it is a danger to the community.
Mr. Mayor, this is the worst of times. And we have only one person to blame. And with you at the helm - it remains the winter of despair. And that's my open.