Chicago / Cook County prosecutors are declining to charge gang members for homicides – partly because witnesses are terrified to speak out…
….and partly because they, to quote a line that hardly ever works for rapists, “consented” (I’ve added emphasis):
While she wouldn’t specify what other evidence prosecutors needed to file charges, the police report acknowledged that victims of the shootout weren’t cooperating with investigators.
But the report also framed the state’s attorney’s office’s decision to decline charges in a different light: “Mutual combatants was cited as the reason for the rejection.” Mutual combat is a legal term used to define a fight or struggle that two parties willingly engage in.
This should revolutionize self-defense cases: “Your honor, the decedent voluntarily entered my client’s house. My client voluntarily shot him”.
Well, that’d be too simple, wouldn’t it?