Leftist Judge Actually Ruled In FAVOR Of Drug Dealers

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Regardless of the city’s efforts to bar four suspected drug dealers from re-entering the crime-ridden and massively drug-infested Tenderloin district, a California court of appeals judge ruled in favor of the drug dealers and will permit them to continue their wicked operation in that area.

The ruling of the judge released Friday began with a case filed in 2020 when San Francisco took legal action against 28 known drug dealers who frequented the Tenderloin and South of Market areas to clean up and restore the area that has actually seen the city’s largest number of overdose deaths.

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera stated the lawsuits if approved by a Judge of the California Superior Court, would prevent the drug dealers from going into that portion of downtown.

According to the Daily Wire, “the city had named Christian Noel Padilla-Martel, Victor Zelaya, 27, Jarold Sanchez, 23, and Guadaloupe Aguilar-Benegas, 28, as individuals who should be banned from the district, saying they had been “engaged in the illegal sale of controlled substances.” But Justice Marla Miller said the city was infringing on the constitutional right to travel.”

Here’s what Miller wrote:

“The court determined that excluding defendants from such a large area in the center of San Francisco implicates the constitutional right to intrastate travel … and the City failed to meet its evidentiary burden of convincing the court that its proposed remedy was sufficiently tailored to minimally infringe upon the protected interests at stake.”¬†

The outlet added, “Padilla Martel, who had been arrested three times on drug charges, claimed he needed access to the district to see his young son living with his grandparents; Zelaya, also arrested three times, said he wanted to visit his two daughters from a prior relationship; Aguilar-Benegas. who has been arrested five times and is pregnant, said her ultrasound needed to be taken in the district.”

The San Francisco City attorney’s representative, Jen Kwart, gave a response to Miller’s decision, saying:

“We are currently evaluating potential next steps, and we will continue to look for ways to use civil law to promote and increase public safety in the Tenderloin.”

The Daily Mail noted:

“San Francisco Police reported about 600 drug-dealing arrests in 2020, with 40 percent of the 699 fatal overdoses reported that year taking place in Tenderloin and the city’s South Market neighborhood. In Tenderloin specifically, police seized over $280,000 in cash from a drug bust and collected more than 18 kilograms of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and fentanyl in 2020.”

According to an NPR report back in November 2021:

“Faced with a stunning rise in drug overdose deaths the last few years, the vast majority tied to fentanyl, San Francisco has launched mobile teams made up of paramedics and nurses.”

Sources: DailyWire, The Daily Mail, NPR

H/T Patriot Nation Press

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