From the NY Post:
Clivie Smith, 16, was hanging out on a Bronx street corner in 2007 when three men started harassing him. The youth ran into a nearby bodega, where a clerk handed him a loaded .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol.
Smith came out shooting, cops say, striking one of his assailants and an innocent bystander. He then fired at narcotics officers responding to the scene.
The teenager never went to prison. He didn’t even go to trial. Not because the city couldn’t have tried to prosecute him on at least criminal possession of a weapon — but because the district attorney’s office took too long to bring a case.
Clivie Smith is one of the lucky criminals who got off because of a “30.30 motion” — referring to the section of the state criminal procedure law that mandates prosecutors be ready to try a case within six months for felonies and 90 days for high-level misdemeanors.
But he’s far from the only one. Brooklyn and Manhattan prosecutors gave 14,000 alleged criminals “Get Out of Jail Free” cards last year because they failed to meet deadliness. At the Manhattan DA’s office, the rate of 30.30 dismissals has increased a staggering 36% over the past four years.
The results are sometimes tragic. This year, Clivie Smith was the alleged ringleader of a group that shot innocent Bronx girl Vada Vasquez, 14, who was caught in the crossfire of a gang war.