Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Guy Was Wrong, But So Was The Smoker

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From the Chicago Tribune: A North Side business owner allegedly slapped a 79-year-old Cook County judge in the face, spit on her and called her “Rosa Parks” after becoming angry that she was smoking near him outside the Daley Center on Monday, authorities said.
The attack outside the courthouse came as a shock to friends of Judge Arnette Hubbard, a silver-haired African-American jurist who was the first female president of the National Bar Association and Cook County Bar Association, both black lawyers’ groups.
“She’s an icon in our community,” said Delores Robinson, past president of the Cook County Bar Association, who noted that Hubbard, a former commissioner on the Cook County Board of Elections, had been an international election observer in Haiti and South Africa and had long been a voice on civil rights and women’s issues.
Cook County prosecutors said Tuesday that Hubbard was outside the Daley Center smoking a cigarette when she walked past David C. Nicosia, 55, who became angry that she was smoking near him.
The two argued and Nicosia, who is white, stepped near her face and said, “Rosa Parks, move,” and spit in her face, prosecutors said. As he walked away, the Law Division judge followed him and called out for assistance.
Nicosia then turned and allegedly slapped the judge on the left side of her face with an open hand, prosecutors said. He was then arrested by sheriff’s deputies and charged with four counts of aggravated battery and a hate crime.
Judge James Brown ordered him held on $90,000 bail Tuesday.  http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-man-charged-for-slapping-spitting-on-judge-outside-daley-center-20140715,0,5771071.story
To start, dope smacking an elderly woman is not right in any circumstances.
However, let's start with the facts.
The woman (the guy didn't who she was or that she was an icon in Obamaville) walked by him and got smoke in his face.  Whether she blew it there or it drifter, it doesn't make a difference.
The smoke she blew obviously was more than just a little bit.
Then they began to argue.  We don't what was said.  We know he called her Rosa Parks, but what did she say to him?  More than likely, it was a bit over the top.
She may have said "Do you know who I am"?
She may have threatened with arrest or contempt.
She may used the race card as well.
We know what he did, but we don't know what she did.
We also don't know why he was at court.  Did he just get screwed over by another judge or possibly even her?
I do know that smokers have an elevated view of themselves and are pigs.  Who else but smokers think it is a good idea to smoke around other people,?
Who else but smokers think it is a good idea to throw their butts on the ground, out the window of moving cars or where they want to.
What the guy did was wrong, no doubt about it.  He lost his temper and went over the edge and he will pay for it.
But the question is: Why?


  1. Most public buildings have designated smoking areas. If she was NOT in the designated smoking area, then she was WRONG. If she was in the designated smoking area, then she had a RIGHT to be smoking there and he was wrong. It's that simple.

  2. It doesn't matter where she was smoking. Smoking is unhealthy but raises no moral or legal questions in this case. He didn't just yell at her or tell her to move. He physically attacked a 79-year old woman. He was offended by her unhealthy habit? Yeah right, he attacked her because she was black and/or female, and how dare she argue with him. Can I attack his fat ass the next time I see him scarfing down hot dogs in public? It's offensive and unhealthy. Okay, maybe that's too much since it doesn't affect me. But based on your logic, if someone coughs or sneezes near me without covering their mouth and I slap and spit on them, I can just argue "but the cougher was wrong too".