Lawyers Seek Dismissal of Charges in ATF Stash-House Stings after Study Shows Pattern of Racial Bias

By Eamon J Jawatin | Mar 08, 2017 09:03 AM EST

Legal counselors looking for expulsion of charges against more than 43 Chicago-area defendants are citing to a study demonstrating a pattern of bias in the choice of targets for stash-house drug stings.

Recently unsealed, the study found a zero percent likelihood that clarified the racial disparities in the 24 stings between 2006 and 2013, as reported by Chicago Tribune74 of the 94 defendants were black.

The stings, set up by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, attracted individuals with criminal history to loot medicate stash houses with the guarantee of huge settlements. Based on the results, by far the most of those cleared up in the stings in Chicago were minorities, and close examination of the criminal backgrounds of some of those targeted raises questions about whether they were really the most risky gun offenders that AFT was aiming to get rid of.

Legal advisors in individual cases in Chicago started requesting racial insights on the ATF focuses in mid 2013. The following year, the University of Chicago Law School's Federal Criminal Justice Clinic ventured in and started to concentrate on each of the 43 respondents seized in the stings, reported Washington Post. 

The legal counselors contracted a pro in police practices Jeffrey Fagan, to look at the information on focused litigants. Fagan ascertained the probability that a stash-house defendant would be black based on a control group who met ATF criteria for targets. The ATF says it focuses on those with no less than one conviction for certain vicious offenses or for medication or guns offenses, in an indistinguishable range from the implied stash house.

Federal prosecutors question Fagan's determinations, attesting in an as of late recorded movement that the review is filled with false suspicions. They contend Fagan's control amass included individuals indicted minor offenses and was irrationally overbroad.

The racial assertions will be heard in up and coming months by a board of region judges hearing various cases.

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