Once again, we see a criminal justice system in action working overtime to protect certain citizens. If James Bascue was a minority firing on an LAPD officer, would he only on probation? Would he be alive?
A retired Los Angeles County Superior Court judge has pleaded no contest to an assault charge for shooting at police responding to his West L.A. townhouse.
James A. Bascue entered the plea Friday in a Santa Ana courtroom. Orange County Superior Court Judge Thomas M. Goethals sentenced Bascue, 75, to five years of formal probation and 500 hours of community service, according to court records.
Bascue’s attorney, Richard Hirsch, said his client had consumed both alcohol and Ambien on the night of the shooting. Since his arrest in the early morning hours of June 11, Bascue has undergone treatment for alcoholism, including private counseling, regular Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and a two-day outpatient program, Hirsch said.