December 1, 2011, - 3:19 pm
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There’s a reason my late father (Of Blessed Memory) used to call Ann Arbor, “Moscow on the Huron” at the time the Soviet Union was still in existence.
Liberal Dem Prosecutor Brian L. Mackie Proves You Don’t Have to Be Jewish to Be a Total Schmuck
Take the case of Dr. Howard Weinblatt, an Ann Arbor, Michigan pediatrician. My father would have been sickened by this. At age 65, Dr. Weinblatt’s whole career and life has been ruined by ridiculously overzealous far-left prosecutors. It’s incredible that in two other areas of the country, coaches, universities, police, and, yes, prosecutors did nothing as two men repeatedly molested young boys; but, yet, Washtenaw County prosecutors are charging Dr. Rosenblatt with FOUR(!) felonies for looking out the window of his house as a neighbor girl apparently undressed without pulling the shades. Dr. Weinblatt didn’t use a telescope or trespass on someone else’s property. He merely looked out his own window while in the confines of his own home.
Apparently, police and prosecutors have solved all crime in Ann Arbor and have nothing better to do. Even if the charges are dropped, who is going to take their kids to be examined by Dr. Weinblatt, now that he’s been vilified all over the news locally here in the Detroit area? The initial stories on Tuesday and Wednesday didn’t even note that Dr. Weinblatt looked out his own window. Instead, as I read them, it appeared that the doctor had been spying on a young patient through a window in his office. But that wasn’t the case at all. Yet, Dr. Weinblatt could do up to eight years in prison for all of this. He has never had a criminal incident, let alone one involving peeping Tomism or something involving minors. Washtenaw County Prosecutor Brian Mackie–a liberal Democrat–ought to be ashamed . . . and run out of office. Sadly, neither of those will happen. More:
The attorney for an Ann Arbor pediatrician accused of watching a young girl change her clothes says the case against the 65-year-old doctor isn’t simple.
The charges against Dr. Howard Weinblatt say he was in his own house and was just looking out of his window at the time of the alleged incidents, Weinblatt’s attorney Larry Margolis said Wednesday. . . . Police have released few details about the case. . . .
Weinblatt is accused of window peeping on Olivia Avenue in Ann Arbor, where he lives, south of the University of Michigan’s campus. Court documents state Weinblatt watched a 12-year-old girl change clothes on four different occasions in October.
The documents say the girl was in a position where she had “a reasonable expectation of privacy.”
Um, here’s a tip: If your neighbor can see you changing clothes from inside his own home, with his naked (no pun intended) eye, you probably have the blinds or drapes wide open and have zero expectation of privacy.
Police said a witness saw Weinblatt looking into the girl’s window, but did not release details about the witness. Officers executed a search warrant at Weinblatt’s house last week and seized a computer, Ann Arbor police said.
Weinblatt, who has had his medical license since 1977, works for IHA Child Health — Ann Arbor. He has been placed on leave, according to a brief statement posted by the company on its Web site. He is not seeing patients, the statement said.
Weinblatt is out of jail on bond. His preliminary exam will be 1 p.m. Jan. 4. Each of the felonies carries a maximum of two years in prison.
The lesson in all of this? Don’t look out the window. You might find your freedom taken away for the privilege.
And this incident isn’t unique. It’s part of a larger trend. While we hear day after day about authorities doing nothing despite charges against college football and basketball coaches molesting boys, there is a flip side. Often, prosecutors seeking grandstanding and headlines go way overboard in prosecuting innocent people for sex crimes that simply never happened.
In this case, the circumstances are quite clear. This is an innocent man looking out his window.
And at age 65, he’s been treated worse than a common criminal thug in Southeast Detroit. Plus, his whole practice has been ruined, not to mention the tens of thousands he has to pay his defense attorney.
Think this couldn’t happen to you? Think again. What happened to Dr. Weinblatt could happen to any of us, especially White males–because society has decided that, even when they are inside their homes, merely looking out the window, they are “creepy sexual aggressors against children.”
That’s the thinking in Ann Arbor, or as my late dear father used to call it, “Moscow on the Huron.” He’d always add that he, of course, was wrong to insult Moscow with the comparison.
**** UPDATE: I forgot to mention that in 2002-2003, this same overzealous prosecutor, Brian Mackie, prosecuted a man for killing an Eastern Massassauga Rattlesnake, a poisonous rattlesnake native to Michigan, when it was about to strike a kid and the kid’s mother. The man–who went on my CBS radio show with his lawyer–was prosecuted for killing an endangered species. Better that the kid should be bitten by an endangered species than the endangered species should die. This is how this schmuck, Mackie, thinks. He’s a statist, arbitrary piece of crap.
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