This sounds pretty ridiculous to me. One of the articles says she took into consideration that the idiot who shot two kids was going to start a basketball league at a rec center. WTF? Is this judge really as stupid as she sounds? Did they threaten to kill her if she didn't give the guy a lenient sentence?
When is she up for a retention vote? Unless somebody knows something that these articles aren't mentioning, I'd say there should be a push to not retain her. Apparently she's an unknown who only got elected because the unions supported her, according to the Public Record article.
Minimum sentence for gunman in shooting of 2 children - Philly.com
Man gets minimum sentence in shooting of 2 children
Shooting victims' family outraged at short prison sentence - Philly.com
In brief remarks before sentencing, Shirdan-Harris said she had taken note of letters in support of Pickard. One from a recreation center leader said Pickard had plans to start a basketball league.
But she also said that crimes involving children were especially serious and that Pickard seemed a poor candidate for rehabilitation. He was on probation for a drug-possession conviction at the time of the shooting, Shirdan-Harris said.
Then she imposed a five- to 10-year sentence for each of three aggravated assault convictions, to run simultaneously, followed by five years of probation.And she gives the guy probation. What a joke. Like that's going to keep him from shooting more people.Detectives noted that Pickard has been locked up for almost two years awaiting trial. With credit for time served, he would hit his minimum in three years. "Disgusted," one detective said when asked for a reaction to the punishment.
They also remarked about the prison tapes. On them, Pickard appears to say that the warring parties had agreed not to testify against each other. But once they get out, Pickard says, it's "back on again."
The Philadelphia Public RecordPickard, 26, of Redfield Street near Callowhill, was on probation stemming from a drug conviction the day of the triple shooting. He turned in his chair and grinned broadly at his extended family after the sentence was read.
Moments before, he apologized to them and to Anetta Johns, 26, the mother of two of his victims, Joseph Brown, now 10, who was shot in the buttocks, and Deshauon Brown, now 4, who was shot in the groin. The boys were playing outside their home near 67th Street and Woodland Avenue at 3:30 p.m. when the bullets Pickard meant for rival Marquis Wesley, 19, tore into them. Shot in the back, Wesley has since recovered.
"I'm ashamed to say that I was a part of anything that took place," said Pickard, who added that he has three children of his own.
Johns and her husband, Dwayne Dillard, 27, were disgusted with the sentence and bolted from the courtroom seconds after Shirdan-Harris announced it.
"I don't think it's fair. Five to 10 years for shooting kids? Please! That's nothing; he almost died," she said of Deshauon, who had two blood transfusions during surgery. "I'm speechless."
An example of union backing was that put behind the campaign of Lisette Shirdan-Harris. She had the support of LDC, led by Sam Staten, Sr., and many of the Building Trades Union locals as well. She was an unknown candidate who came in a winner.
What would her numbers have looked like without the backing of LDC Local 332?
“She would have lost absolutely,” said Staten Sr. the union’s president. “She would have had no chance of winning. She wasn’t known and she was new to the field.”