A Win For the People

Mary Moriarty is the pro-crime County Attorney for Hennepin County, Minnesota. We have written about her a number of times, including her prosecution of State Trooper Ryan Londregan (here, here and here.) The linked posts contain more detailed accounts of the facts, but briefly, Trooper Londregan and his partner tried to execute an arrest warrant on a career criminal named Ricky Cobb. Cobb, knowing he was in trouble as a felon with a handgun illegally in his possession, refused their requests to get out of his car. When both troopers were leaning into the vehicle in an effort to extricate him, Cobb hit the gas and started to pull away, endangering the officers’ lives. Londregan shot Cobb–fatally, as it turned out. Londregan’s partner was thrown onto the highway when Cobb accelerated, and it was only through sheer luck that he was not run over.

Moriarty investigated with a view toward charging Londregan with murder; going after law enforcement is her only priority. She hired an expert on the use of force, who studied the facts and told her the shooting was justified. She ignored that input–which of course she did not publicize–and brought murder charges anyway. Moriarty’s office pursued the case for a while, but then it seemed to fall apart, apparently because there were no lawyers in the County Attorney’s office willing to work on such an unjust prosecution.

Instead of giving up, Moriarty pursued her vendetta against law enforcement by hiring three lawyers from one of the country’s most expensive law firms out of Washington, D.C. But for once, the good guys were not outgunned. Londregan had a good, aggressive lawyer named Chris Madel. Lawyers are not always popular, but there are times when what you need more than anything in the world is a good one. Londregan was fortunate.

News came tonight that the County Attorney’s office is dismissing the case against Ryan Londregan:

I don’t yet know what, exactly, happened. Maybe the D.C. lawyers told Moriarty she didn’t have a case. In any event, the official harassment of Londregan is over.

Mary Moriarty–who is, to be blunt, a terrible human being–did not accept defeat gracefully. Instead, she released a mean-spirited statement that expressed no regret:

As I said, an awful person. “Our decision to not go ahead with charges does not exonerate Trooper Londregan.” So she continues to smear him on her way out the door. At least, I hope she is on her way out the door. That will be up to the voters when she stands for re-election.

I reached out to Londregan’s lawyer, Chris Madel, for comment. His response:

When the case began, I said Moriarty is out of control. We proved it. I said that open season on law enforcement must end, and it going to end with this case. I pray that is true.

So do I. The outpouring of support for Ryan Londregan that we have seen across the state of Minnesota suggests that the corner may have been turned. We will know for sure, I guess, when Mary Moriarty is drummed out of office.

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