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(Chicago Sun-Times)   Man who was fired by the City of Chicago when they learned that he had 22 criminal convictions (instead of six) is re-hired after arguing he merely forgot the other 16 convictions   ( suntimes.com) divider line
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2007-11-15 09:29:51 AM  
This looks like a cage match between the Unlikely and Asinine tags.
 
2007-11-15 09:34:30 AM  
folks with records stemming from a drug habit are often lucky to remember 1/3 of what they were convicted of when they get to be that guys age. it's not as cut and dry as it seems to people who havent been through the CJ system. he could probably tell roughly how many times he did long stays in jail or prison though.
 
2007-11-15 09:44:52 AM  
flavor of the month: folks with records stemming from a drug habit are often lucky to remember 1/3 of what they were convicted of when they get to be that guys age. it's not as cut and dry as it seems to people who havent been through the CJ system. he could probably tell roughly how many times he did long stays in jail or prison though.


One, two, maybe even three of four convictions, ok I can buy that. Sixteen? NFW.
 
2007-11-15 09:49:58 AM  
Triva Jockey

this is the population i work with. professional criminals can recount a good bit of their records. drug addicts to a man have almost no recollection the specifics of their record. except like i said, extended 'bits'.
 
2007-11-15 10:01:26 AM  
flavor of the month: this is the population i work with. professional criminals can recount a good bit of their records. drug addicts to a man have almost no recollection the specifics of their record. except like i said, extended 'bits'.


The article did say he was a heroin user, but it didn't say that his convictions were for drug-related offenses. Considering that the ones he did disclose were for burglary and theft, I would guess that the others were similar. I suppose you could assume that he was stealing to feed his drug habit, but I am still skeptical.

But regardless, it was still ridiculous that this guy was re-hired.
 
2007-11-15 10:08:45 AM  
Trivia Jockey

in general i'd rather have ex cons driving trucks than sitting around doing nothing. there's a general perception that criminality is inextricable but there really is no money in crime and it's a shiat life. if he went through the trouble of getting a keeping a job at age 62 its a good bet you can rely on him to drive a truck. you do have to judge each applicant on their individual merits though. honestly i didn't read the article that thoroughly i just have some experience with this type of thing.
 
2007-11-15 10:51:38 AM  
When he applied for a part-time job as a truck driver for the city of Chicago, Jerome Felske admitted he had a criminal past.

He acknowledged having six criminal convictions -- one burglary and five thefts.

He got the job anyway.

At the time, three years ago, City Hall had an unwritten policy against hiring ex-cons. But Felske had clout: He was helping register voters for the Hispanic Democratic Organization, then a powerful patronage army delivering votes for Mayor Daley.


I like how driving a truck is painted as a cushy job. Sure, he probably shouldn't have been hired, but it's not like he was a City Council member or something.
 
2007-11-15 11:29:18 AM  
Paedophile_Deluxe: I like how driving a truck is painted as a cushy job. Sure, he probably shouldn't have been hired, but it's not like he was a City Council member or something.


In Chicago, driving a truck for the City is a much better gig than being a city council member. Ask the mob, they'll say the same thing.
 
2007-11-15 11:46:49 AM  
Hey... It's CHICAGO !!!
With 22 convictions, they'll probably put him on the Ethics Board!
 
2007-11-15 11:47:26 AM  
City of Chicago? 22 Criminal Convictions? Sounds like a match made in heaven.

/Lives in Chicago
//Wants to round up everyone on city council, tar and feather them, and run them out of town.
 
2007-11-15 11:49:56 AM  
Ikam: City of Chicago? 22 Criminal Convictions? Sounds like a match made in heaven.

/Lives in Chicago
//Wants to round up everyone on city council, tar and feather them, and run them out of town.


Yeah, and Cook County council as well - starting with that dumbass president.

/only Republican I voted for last time was Peraica
//i knew Stroger was nothing but a lump of shiat
 
2007-11-15 11:50:57 AM  
Trivia Jockey: Paedophile_Deluxe: I like how driving a truck is painted as a cushy job. Sure, he probably shouldn't have been hired, but it's not like he was a City Council member or something.


In Chicago, driving a truck for the City is a much better gig than being a city council member. Ask the mob, they'll say the same thing.


about 24-29 dollar a hour gig
 
2007-11-15 11:53:56 AM  
Hey, just ask scott and janet willis what they think about the bribes-for-licenses programs we have here in chicago.

I'm sure this guy is legit.

/dnrtfa
//edison park ftw.
 
2007-11-15 11:55:13 AM  
Dick_Hertz
Hey... It's CHICAGO !!!
With 22 convictions, they'll probably put him on the Ethics Board!


He already has a job.. it's called police officer.
 
2007-11-15 11:55:20 AM  
ExRedStater:

/only Republican I voted for last time was Peraica
//i knew Stroger was nothing but a lump of shiat


Same here. Seriously, what is with that guy? Whenever I see him on the evening news, I practically have to get up and leave the room lest I break something in anger at the travesty of his 'election'.
 
2007-11-15 12:23:50 PM  
Yeah... I read the headline & I thought all those same things. This guy is probably the "older black sheep" in some politically connected family, and that's why he's still there.

He'll surely "work hard:" I.e. sit around, drink on the job, and shoot dice while making it known he is "untouchable."

Ah, the superfluousness of humanity.
 
2007-11-15 12:36:00 PM  
Surprised he ever got the job. Most places won't give an ex-con a break.
 
2007-11-15 12:55:07 PM  
www.nateschmoll.com

Henry Earl's problems are solved! He's qualified to work for the city of Chicago.
 
2007-11-15 01:07:18 PM  
The surprising thing is that he isn't a Chicago cop.
 
2007-11-15 01:12:07 PM  
flavor of the month: in general i'd rather have ex cons driving trucks than sitting around doing nothing

They sit around and do nothing.

paedophile_deluxe: I like how driving a truck is painted as a cushy job

It is if you don't do any work.

Obviously you don't keep up with Chicago news. Check out the Hired Truck scandal. That's exactly what they were doing, sitting around doing nothing. It's political crony jobs. The city has regulations that there must be a dump truck at all job sites, whether one is needed or not. Now, the city has plenty of trucks, but they can't use those because they might be needed for an emergency. So politically-connected (many with mob ties) individuals leased trucks and drivers, and then sublet them to the city. They do no work, drivers often sleep on the job. The scam has cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.
They all should be shot.

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2007-11-15 02:31:30 PM  
"Firing was too harsh a punishment, the city's Human Resources Board ruled, finding that the city's lawyers couldn't prove Felske intentionally left out the other 16 criminal convictions."

From Human Resources Board press conference:

"We haad ta hire him baack, 'cause his clout down at da Hall, said he ain't dun nuthin."
 
hnb
2007-11-15 10:18:16 PM  
Eh, good for him. It's hard for somebody with a record like that to catch a break.

Wanna be pissed about somethin'? Check out this one company called "Haliburton".
 
2007-11-16 11:00:12 AM  
Right, cos only black people were ever hanged...

/Bloody PC culture gone mad
 
2007-11-16 11:02:34 AM  
Ooops, wrong thread, I'm an idiot.
 
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