Two Hoosier Criminals

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

So the Indianapolis Star runs two stories in two days about two criminal cases.

One story is about a cop who was pulling over Hispanic motorists for no reason, then threatening to arrest them on trumped up charges unless they paid him off.

The other story is about a guy who was using the postal system to sell to consenting adults movies depicting other consenting adults having sex with one another.

One guy was robbing motorists, his gun visible on his hip, and abusing his power to shake them down. The other was conducting voluntary business transactions with people who were getting exactly what they paid for, with no coercion, exploitation, or violence.

One of these men got 33 months in prison. The other got one year of “home detention” followed by probation. He’ll also get to leave his home for work and schooling.

Can you guess which man got which sentence?

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16 Responses to “Two Hoosier Criminals”

  1. #1 |  Dave Krueger | 

    Without looking at the stories, I’m going to guess that the one involving sex got the stiffer penalty. Most people believe sex is eviler than other stuff which is how they get away with disparities like this.

  2. #2 |  Cynical in CA | 

    “Can you guess which man got which sentence?”

    Yup.

    I can tell you something else. Nothing’s gonna happen to the cop who assaulted the Critical Mass bicyclist either.

    It’s business as usual in the statist world.

  3. #3 |  Cynical in CA | 

    ” … the one involving sex got the stiffer …”

    Hehe. No surprise!

  4. #4 |  Marty | 

    Maybe our cop’s are learning some tricks from corrupt Mexican cops…

    or, Maybe cops are dicks all over…

  5. #5 |  Bob | 

    On the cop committing armed robbery:

    “State law says public servants can be charged with bribery if they solicit, accept or agree to accept any property, except property they’re authorized by law to accept, with the intent to control the performance of an act related to employment or function as a public servant, Swift said.

    Bribery is what the Armed Robbery charges were dropped to by ‘Plea Bargain’.

    Bullshit. That’s not a plea bargain, that’s the prosecutor bending over backwards to keep a cop out of jail.

    What this guy did is in no way an act of ‘Bribery’. It’s Armed Robbery, clear and simple.

    What I expect is happening here is that the prosecutor can’t keep his job without the support of the local Police Unions and other support organizations.

  6. #6 |  Cynical in CA | 

    Taxation is armed robbery.

    ALL police officers AND government employees are armed robbers or the receivers of stolen goods.

    This particular cop was guilty of running a for-profit personal racket. Virtually a distinction without a difference.

  7. #7 |  Chris in AL | 

    Well, I am at a loss. I did not know that selling adult videos was a crime. It happens all the time. Do the people at Hustler, Penthouse and Playboy know?

    I am probably just ignorant of something here, I know. Like what century we live in.

  8. #8 |  Comrade Dread | 

    Bloody hell.

    This blog is depressing me today.

    I’m starting to wonder how long it will be before the common expression is, “We’re in trouble, for God’s sake, DON’T call the police.”

  9. #9 |  HTownTejas | 

    One guy was robbing motorists, his gun visible on his hip, and abusing his power to shake them down. The other was conducting voluntary business transactions with people who were getting exactly what they paid for, with no coercion, exploitation, or violence.

    One of these men got 33 months in prison. The other got one year of “home detention” followed by probation. He’ll also get to leave his home for work and schooling.

    Can you guess which man got which sentence?

    There are two classes of citizens in this country. Law Enforcement and the Political class who have most of their human rights recognized and get passes when they violate others’, and then there’s the rest of us with far fewer rights recognized and the judicial system stacked against us. Oh, and we pay for the whole thing.

    David Codrea tracks (part time) the shenanigans of these ‘Only Ones’.

  10. #10 |  Mattocracy | 

    Crooked cops are the most dangerous class of criminal. There is no war on them to spend billions of dollars on.

  11. #11 |  Andrew | 

    Isn’t it obvious?

    Politicians = Inner Party
    Cops = Outer Party
    The rest of us = Proles

    Emmanuel Goldstein forever!

  12. #12 |  Frank | 

    “Emmanuel Goldstein forever!”

    As well as John Galt.

  13. #13 |  Jason | 

    Oops… I guessed wrong. I might have guessed correctly if I had known weren’t talking about Indianapolis, U.S.A.

  14. #14 |  Cynical In CA | 

    “Emmanuel Goldstein forever!”

    “As well as John Galt.”

    Aw, hell.

    “And Jim Bell.”

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  16. #16 |  edintally | 

    Brutal

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