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Politically connected judge famous for her DUI lets convicted killer go free after new gun charge

Shakeli Chandler and Judge Jeanine Johnson.  Credit: NYPD & Twitter.

A convicted killer has been released without bail by a NYC judge who claims to owe her success to political connections.

Shakeil Chandler, a reputed Crips member who previously served eight years in the slammer for manslaughter, was arrested earlier this month after he was seen kicking a Taurus budget-grade revolver under a car after a shooting.

After being taken into custody, Chandler was charged with three counts of weapon and firearm possession.

While prosecutors wanted him to be held on $75,000 bail, Bronx Criminal Court Judge Jeanine Johnson freed chandler without bail, despite knowing full well that he plead guilty in the 2009 slaying of a teenager in Queens.

“By releasing him on the streets, the judge is threatening the community and protecting a killer,” one “source” told the New York Post.

Judge Johnson formerly served under Keith Wright, who has been the leader of Manhattan’s Democratic Party since 2009.

Last year, Wright was accused of essentially handing Johnson her judicial seat, not allowing others within the Democratic Party to run against her.

Wright also swooped in to defend Johnson in 2014, when she was stopped after driving erratically away from a Harlem bar and refused to get out of the car.

Johnson blew a 0.113, far above 0.08, and threatened to call NYPD higher ups after uttering Wright’s name.

Wright communicated with the judge handling the case, and Johnson was given plea deal to a reduced charge of driving while ability impaired.

Judge Johnson was not available for comment, and is reportedly out of town.

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