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Editor’s Notebook: Suddenly crimes are being taken seriously?

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As was the case yesterday as well, we hop into the wayback machine to peruse the ever-more-brittle pages of the Northern Virginia Sun and find that, truly, there is no new issue under the sun (or in the Sun, for that matter).

Consider this article from Aug. 6, 1965, reporting that District of Columbia officials were engaged in a crackdown on crime.

This sudden interest in holding miscreants accountable over in D.C. had Northern Virginia officials concerned, because they recognized that if D.C. (then still essentially a ward of Congress) started making it tougher for criminals to do their thing with minimal repercussions, those criminals would move across the Potomac River and spread their mayhem here.

To change gears to 2022, one thing I am noticing in the Arlington police report in recent weeks/months is that it seems more alleged lawbreakers are being held in custody, either on a specific bond amount or on no bond, rather than being turned loose immediately.

This seems to be a change from the early years of the latest commonwealth’s attorney’s reign, where it seemed nobody was being held in the pokey. (Not that the commonwealth’s attorney has everything to do with who is held and who is not, but the office has a major role to play and cannot be discounted from the process.)

Nobody’s ever accused Arlington Commonwealth’s Attorney Parisa Dehghani-Tafti of being politically (or otherwise) dumb, and obviously she’s aware that the cray-cray prosecutor of San Francisco got the heave-ho from voters while others of the Soros brigade of new elected officials also seem to be flailing. (As we learned from the Trump era, while the so-called political professionals tend to screw things up almost as badly, politics definitely isn’t a place for amateurs-cum-dilettantes.)

With a re-election bid looming in 2023, maybe Dehghani-Tafti is adjusting her thinking to reflect that new reality of the pendulum swinging back to a tougher approach to crime and those who commit it, or maybe she’s come to the conclusion (as an open-minded person) that indeed there are some people who don’t deserve a get-out-of-jail-free card every single time.

Or it could be just me overthinking things, as usual.

AW, QUIT YER WHINING: As one who loves politicians being hoisted on their own petards, it was heeeee-larious last week to watch D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser whine and complain that the governor of Texas has been sending busloads of undocumented persons from the Lone Star State up to cities in deep-blue areas.

The mayor apparently loves open borders in theory, just not when it impacts her re-election bid with bad optics or starts overwhelming her capacity to handle the repercussions.

Funny how that works.

– Scott McCaffrey

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