‘I have learned.’ — Judge Ellen Berz
Ellen Berz, it strikes the gray lab coats at the Werkes, is among the more lenient judges on Dane County’s excessively progressive bench. Champion of “social justice,” and “disproportionate impact” and other Woke nonsense. (We have not quantified that assessment; it’s seat of the pants.)
Judge Berz may have picked up on the growing zeitgeist for public safety in the wake of the dead Dancing Grannies and marching kids — run down by a repeat offender free on low bail, speeding through the Waukesha Christmas parade.
Berz presided in a sentencing hearing of another heedless driver who stole his cars and drove them 100 — even 140 mph. Brazenly, this sociopath posted live video of his escapades.
This time, Judge Berz ignored the public defender’s plea for four years in prison. Even the prosecutor’s demand for 6 ½ years was insufficient. (It should embarrass the D.A. that he is asking for lessr punishment than the judge wants.) Berz gave one Treveon Deontae Thurman eight solid years in the slammer plus a stiff dose of supervision afterwards.
Not that she hadn’t already released Thurman, age 20, onto Madison streets with reduced bail: $300 each for a number of cases we weren’t able to quantify.
“Within hours of his release, Thurman had broken Berz’s order that he be confined to his residence and was committing new crimes involving stolen cars,” the WI State Journal reports. We find 60 — sixty! — entries on his rap sheet since his release from the Lincoln Hills juvenile lockup two years ago.
If Judge Berz is wising up, she is joining the mayor of San Francisco who is restocking her depleted cop shop. Berz is making common cause with Seattle voters who elected a Republic district attorney. She is heeding Minneapolis voters who turned down a referendum to defund the police and with New York City who elected a former police captain its new mayor. Not that the progressive war on cops is over, by a long shot.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: A workman managed to survive deployment in Afghanistan without injury but now walks with a metal rod inserted in a leg after Thurman mowed him down driving 55 mph on a city of Madison street. For that, Ellen Berz, the district attorney’s office, and the entire progressive “reimagine law enforcement” movement is as responsible as the defendant.