There is no dispute. Joshua Ziminski is a bad hombre. He has a very long and very violent conviction record. He has been to jail many times to serve sentences. But, like many other products of progressive prosecutors like Kenosha DA Mike Graveley (D) and Racine DA Patricia Hanson, he has no felony convictions. That’s right. Every time he has been charged with a felony, he has gotten sweet deals to plead down to misdemeanors.
03/01/2011 Violate/Harassment Restraining Order/Rptr Racine 10CM2817
03/01/2011 Violate/Harassment Restraining Order/Rptr, Disorderly Conduct/Rptr Racine 10CM2749
06/12/2008 Carrying Concealed Weapon Bail Jumping Racine 07CM3599
02/06/2007 Disorderly Conduct While Armed Racine 06CM3562
09/21/2006 Bail Jumping Racine 06CM697
09/21/2006 Carrying Concealed Weapon Racine 06CM346
08/22/2005 Possession of THC Racine 05CM1515
01/03/2003 Misd Disorderly Conduct Racine 02CF1066
**INCARCERATED: 12/20/2007 – 01/02/2008; 05/25/2011 – 05/26/2011**
10/04/2016 – 01/10/2017 Hit & Run – Property Damage Kenosha 16CT692
August 25, 2020 The night of Kyle Rittenhouse
Joshua Ziminski and his wife Kelly Ziminski were rioting on 8/25/2020, according to prosecutors. This is obvious to all of us who watched the Rittenhouse trial. He carried a pistol most of the night in his hand with his finger on the trigger. He is accused of setting fires. He is the man who shot his pistol first, only seconds before Kyle lawfully shot and killed Joseph Resenbaum in self-defense. Testimony during the trial was inconclusive at where he was shooting. This shot may have been what started this all. Kenosha Police did good work and identified Ziminski as the shooter and arrested him on October 7, 2020. They asked DA Michael Graveley and T. Clair Binger to charge him with bail-jumping, resisting and obstructing an officer, disorderly conduct, and 2nd degree recklessly endangering safety. The charges related to an arson investigation. So police at least suspected him of arson at this point.
What did Graveley and Binger do? They charged Ziminski with disorderly conduct only on October 9, 2020. This is a maximum sentence of 9 months in jail.
What about the rest of the charges? They told KPD to proverbially pound sand. All that police work for nothing. We wrote articles about this miscarriage of justice and eventually, Ziminski was charged with obstructing an officer and curfew on December 8, 2020 only after the DA’s office took a lot of political heat. Still no felonies. Finally, Binger got the order from Graveley to charge Ziminski with arson. Binger filed the arson charge on January 26, 2021 but dismissed the curfew charge, oddly – as they were still perusing curfew charges against Rittenhouse.
Domestic Abuse Charges
Four months before the Rittenhouse shootings, on June 7, 2020, Racine police and prosecutors say Joshua punched his wife Kelly in the face while driving with their two children in the back seat. A warrant was issued for his arrest on June 18, 2020. He was charged with two counts of domestic abuse. This case was scheduled for trial. Only four days after the Rittenhouse verdict was reached, Racine DA Patricia Hanson gave the order to dismiss the two domestic abuse charges without explanation. We asked her why she dismissed these charges. She didn’t respond to our repeated requests for comment. She never does.
A similar thing happened a week before the Rittenhouse trial. A progressive Judge named Jack Davila dismissed Gaige Grosskreutz’s second DUI. When a witness or defendant is questioned during a jury trial, the fact that they have open criminal cases can be brought up. Now that Ziminski’s domestic abuse charges are dismissed, the prosecution can’t ask about them during his trial on January 31, 2022.
Ziminski, if convicted on all charges, faces 3.5 years inside a state prison. Judge Schroeder is tough on sentencing and might just give this career criminal the max.
Graveley and Binger deciding to only charge Ziminski with disorderly conduct for firing a gun in the air during a violent riot is not only morally and ethically wrong, but is probably considered prosecutorial misconduct and is almost certainly politically motivated.
This is what happens when we elect soft-on-crime progressive DAs like Graveley and Hanson. People like Ziminski get away with felonies and keep the right to bear arms. These are people who shouldn’t be allowed to carry. And why the shenanigans with the dropping of charges? Is there a conspiracy here? Did The Kenosha DA’s office ask for Grosskreutz’s second DUI to be dropped to help the case against Rittenhouse? Did The Kenosha DA’s office ask for Ziminski’s domestic abuse charges to be dropped to help them “take a dive” with the Ziminski case? Does Graveley and Binger really want Ziminski convicted?
We might never know the answers to these serious questions because these types of DAs aren’t transparent and don’t talk to the media unless they are being fluffed. We don’t fluff the wicked.