The video of Ray Rice beating the snot out of his girlfriend was shocking, even more shocking is the light punishment he got with the approval of Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain and Superior Court Judge Michael Donio.
Following the release of new footage that seems to show now former-Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his then-fiancée in the face, it’s important to remember that the prosecutor who let Rice off with a slap on the wrist is now trying to throw the book at a young mother of two who tried to protect herself and her family from violence.
Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain approved an application for admitting Rice into New Jersey’s Pre-Trial Intervention program that allowed the NFL star to avoid jail time. Instead, Rice has to undergo counseling and will be immediately incarcerated if he does something else wrong.
New Jersey Superior Court Judge Michael Donio issued the final sentencing, accepting Rice into the program.
In another case 27-year-old mother of two Shaneen Allen is being prosecuted for taking a legally owned and legally carried handgun across the bridge into New Jersey. She should have known better, but at worst case she made an honest mistake.
Meanwhile, McClain is working to put 27-year-old mother of two Shaneen Allen — herself a first-time offender — into jail for at least three years, maybe even a decade.
Allen didn’t punch anyone out in an elevator. She simply didn’t know that her Pennsylvania concealed-carry permit was not valid in New Jersey.
In October 2013, Allen was pulled over for a minor traffic offense. She dutifully informed the officer of her gun and presented her concealed-carry permit. She was arrested.
Allen had a gun because she had been robbed twice in 2013 and feared for her children. Following her arrest, and McClain’s insistence that she face the maximum possible penalty for her oversight, Allen reportedly lost her job.
Judge Donio is also tied to the Allen case. He accepted McClain’s decision to deny Allen entry into the same pre-trial program Rice was allowed to enter.
Yeah the same Donio and McClain that let Ray Rice off so easy refuses to give Shaneen Allen a break and are working hard to get a 3 to 10 year sentence. This is called Justice Jersey style, where the rich and famous get the breaks and the single mom who who didn’t realize that New Jersey wasn’t one of the 30 states that would be legal for this CHL holder to carry in, she gets the full prosecution