There was not a single reported case of the coronavirus at the Alexandria, Virginia jail where accused rapist Ibrahim Bouaichi was to await his trial.
Nonetheless, the Venezuelan immigrant’s lawyers convinced the judge in his case to override an earlier ruling ordering Bouaichi to be held without bond. Because there was a chance that their rapist client could contract the virus while sitting in the Alexandria jail, he should be released and allowed to stay under house arrest until the time of his trial. Somehow, a judge agreed with this argument and set Bouaichi free on $25,000 bond.
The man accused of raping, strangling, and abducting Karla Dominguez was thus allowed to go home to his parents, where he would only be allowed to leave the house to meet with his lawyers.
On July 29, in a trip away from home that presumably had nothing to do with meeting his legal counsel, Bouaichi headed over to Alexandria where he shot and killed Dominguez outside her apartment. A manhunt for the suspect ended a week later when police and federal marshals spotted Bouachi on the highway. A car chase ensued, which ended after the suspect shot himself and wrecked his car. As of Friday, he was listed in critical condition at the hospital.
Not only could the murder of Karla Dominguez have been avoided had the judge exercised a bit more discretion in denying Bouaichi his bond, it could have been avoided on May 8 when the suspect was arrested for ramming his vehicle into a K-9 officer’s truck in Greenbelt, Virginia. Somehow or another, news of this arrest never made it back to local authorities in Alexandria, so Bouaichi’s insipid bond was never revoked.
Of course, given the ludicrous logic that led to that bond being allowed in the first place, it wouldn’t surprise us if the judge had chosen to overlook this as well.
In a statement, Bouaichi’s lawyers said they were “certainly saddened by the tragedy both families have suffered here.”
Yeah, we just bet.
Releasing prisoners due to the coronavirus has become all the rage among Democrats in this country, most of whom would be perfectly happy with never having put these criminals in jail in the first place. And hey, we get it, perhaps, when it comes to low-level drug crimes and other victimless offenses. In those instances, it may make a certain amount of sense to let prisoners wait for their trials at home during this pandemic. But a rapist? What kind of mental deficiency do you have to suffer from to think that was a good idea?
Since it looks like Bouaichi’s self-inflicted gunshot may save him from justice, we would like to see his lawyers and this idiot judge serve out the prison time he would have gotten.