Letters to the Editor — Dec. 23, 2022

Letters to the Editor — Dec. 23, 2022

The Issue: A serial robber who broke into the Manhattan townhouse of actor Robert De Niro.

Robert De Niro’s sanctum was invaded whereas he and his daughter have been house, sparking one more name to alter our disastrous no-bail legal guidelines (“You takin’ from me? ” Dec. 20).

Every day, we’re handled to tales of the revolving-door justice being doled out to comparable violators. However, a member of the “liberal elite membership” experiences a house invasion, and the remainder of the members get proper to work.

Shouldn’t all New Yorkers obtain the identical consideration, no matter their standing within the class system?

Sean Kelly


Here we see America’s greatest cops doing one other nice job: They had saved a identified serial burglar below surveillance as she tried to get into a number of business areas. Then they noticed her break into De Niro’s townhouse via the basement. They adopted her in and arrested her on the second ground. The perp was charged with housebreaking.

Now right here’s the kicker: She is being held on $40,000 bail. The sufferer is an Oscar winner, so the perp will get held on bail by soft-on-crime Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg. I assume that is what is known as “equal justice.”

Kim Cody


Some of us can not think about how traumatic it’s to discover a burglar in your house, even when the particular person is unarmed and a feminine.

Shanice Aviles has 26 priors on her rap sheet, and it’s fairly shameful that she has not been faraway from the road.

This is one other instance of our damaged justice system and idiotic bail reform. If De Niro is wise, he’ll get out of New York City and ship a message that he’s leaving because of not feeling secure right here.

Since he’s a big-name actor, paying $69,000 a month in lease for starters, maybe the misplaced income would get the eye of Gov. Hochul. Our politicians want to guard law-abiding residents and never repeat offenders.

Martin Garfinkle

Staten Island

It actually is a disgrace somebody might be arrested 26 instances and nonetheless be free to proceed her break-ins.

If she had really damage De Niro, what would he have needed to say? How would he really feel about somebody with the ability to commit crimes and simply maintain strolling free?

Lance Lovejoy


The Issue: A invoice that may stop sufferer statements from being a main issue within the parole course of.

It’s unbelievable to see the ever-odious Carol Shapiro as soon as once more present her repulsive presence on the general public stage (“ ‘Move to muzzle’ vic kin,” Dec. 18).

Not glad with having championed the discharge of cop-killer Herman Bell throughout her current tenure as a parole board commissioner, she is now advocating for laws that may additional erode our security and confidence within the legal justice system.

The “Fair & Timely Parole Act” will, amongst different issues, silence the households of those that expertise heinous crime in an effort to profit the perpetrators.

I counsel that crime victims, our public-safety officers and the law-abiding public must be of paramount significance, whatever the convoluted priorities of Shapiro and her fellow vacationers.

Mitchell Schwefel

Toms River, NJ

Your current article on efforts to silence the parole-board testimony of these in search of redress from criminals was really alarming.

Even convicted felons don’t forfeit their proper to be heard. So why ought to their victims?

With Gov. Hochul’s assist, the “incarcerated individuals” have lastly taken over the asylum. Why shouldn’t New Yorkers abandon their sinking ship of a state?

James Evans

Worcester, Mass.

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