You just can’t make this stuff up — the absurdities with which our criminal justice system operate.
The story is about an undercover ATF agent (Brancato) trying to arrest a man named Halgat.
Brancato repeatedly tried to coerce Halgat into drug dealing and buying illegal guns, which Halgat refused to do.
At one point, Brancato begged Halgat for five weeks to buy cocaine because they were â€œfamilia,â€ but Halgat turned him down numerous times. Halgat once told Brancato, â€œI canâ€™t f—— help. I canâ€™t help.â€ […]
Brancato pleaded with Halgat to be his armed security during a drug transaction set up by the U.S. government, which even included using a “drug cartel” plane that was rented by the ATF.
Halgat did protect Brancato, and got paid $1,000 for being his security guard, which finally led to the arrest of Halgat and charges that could mean a 20-year prison sentence.
Judge Ferenbach said this week that the â€œATF had investigated Halgat for three years, found no contraband after executing two search warrants and indicted him for a crime designed and initiated by the ATF.â€
â€œThe function of law enforcement is the prevention of crime and the apprehension of criminals. Manifestly, that function does not include the manufacturing of crime,â€ Judge Ferenbach said.
Good for the judge.