Lynn Adelman is a federal judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern district of Wisconsin. Adelman joined the court in 1997 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton.
More on Adelman after this news video from the summer of 2017 about an outbreak of violence that took place in August of 2016 in Milwaukee’s Sherman Park area.
Someone has been arrested for the 2016 crime but so far that person has not been held responsible. That’s because the case is before the far left Judge Adelman, a criminal’s best friend.
Stephen Ruffin, 31, was charged in 2017 with rioting, arson and arson in connection with a felony for helping set a fire at Big Jim’s Liquor Store, 2161 N. Hopkins St.. on Aug. 14, 2016, that you saw in the above video.
Follow along with the chronology. Ruffin pleaded guilty in November of 2019 to the arson count, that carries a mandatory minimum of five years in prison. The guilty plea was part of an agreement with federal prosecutors. He agreed to the five years.
In March of this year, Ruffin was scheduled to be sentenced. But Adelman refused to impose a mandatory five-year term. His reasoning was unbelievable.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported:
But at his sentencing, U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman noted that Ruffin has no prior criminal record, has kept a good job while out on bond three years and cares for his 7-year-old son.
He said the conduct at issue seemed an aberration. “Am I missing something?” he asked Ruffin’s attorney, Christopher Donovan.
Donovan explained it was a very tough case to resolve and said the government was unwilling to structure the plea deal on the rioting count, which does not carry a minimum mandatory sentence.
“I know this upset the community and caused a lot of problems,” Adelman said, referring to the overall Sherman Park unrest that year, “but do you really need to do it this way?” he asked Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Ladwig.
“Caused a lot of problems?”
The court adjourned for 60 days to work on a different resolution and agreed on a new sentencing date in May of this year.
Somehow the sentencing got pushed to last week. Ruffin’s attorney asked for an additional 60 days to work on sentencing-related issues. Adelman then postponed sentencing to Sept. 30. Again, the arson occurred in July of 2016. Ruffin was caught on video. He agreed to a five-year sentence. Adelman wouldn’t accept it.
For 20 years Adelman, a died in the wool liberal, served as the state Senator for District 28, my district that includes all of Franklin, a highly conservative area. Adelman had a well-deserved reputation of being far to the left, including having completely soft on crime stances.
State Republicans who were in the minority in the state Senate in the late 1990’s saw a chance to take Adelman’s Senate seat and take back the majority. The strategy was to get him out of the Senate an onto the federal bench. So they lobbied President Clinton, writing letters asking him to appoint Adelman. It worked. In a special election in 1998 Mary Lazich was victorious and Republicans took control of the state Senate away from Democratic leader Chuck Chvala.
Years later Chvala was charged with numerous felony counts. He pleaded guilty to misconduct in office for directing state employees to work on political campaigns and circumventing election laws by secretly coordinating a phony “independent” campaign committee to help elect vulnerable Democrats. he got nine months in jail. Since Lazich’s 1998 election Republicans have maintained control of state Senate District 28.
One final note about Adelman. Earlier this year he wrote an article attacking US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and President Trump. Three complaints were filed under the Judicial Conduct and Disability Act asserting that the publication of the article amounted to judicial misconduct. A court commission disagreed, and Adelman reacted.
“I apologize for any language that I used that could be construed as questioning the integrity of the Chief Justice or any other member of the Court or as expressing a bias against the Republican Party. As the committee recognizes, the issues that I wrote about are complicated and highly contested, but I did not mean for my critique of some judicial decisions to suggest personal criticism of their authors or of individuals or institutions that have embraced them.
“Finally, I want to reaffirm my commitment to the impartial administration of justice in all cases regardless of the nature of the case or the identity of the parties.”
Preposterous. Adelman has had a career-long bias against the Republican Party and is anything but impartial.