Free Speech Doesn’t Apply. This Is a Drug Case.

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Jacob Sullum has an update on Assistant U.S. Attorney Tonya Treadway’s efforts to silence pain patient advocate Siobhan Reynolds.

Spoiler: The bad guys are winning.

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17 Responses to “Free Speech Doesn’t Apply. This Is a Drug Case.”

  1. #1 |  perlhaqr | 

    Hah! That stupid doctor thought that just because he wasn’t doing anything wrong he was safe. Now we’ve got him and his little friend for “Resisting Conviction”!

  2. #2 |  Mike Leatherwood | 

    The Agitator once again agitates. Dammit, Radley, you’re 2 for 2 today.

  3. #3 |  Cynical in CA | 

    The bad guys always win. These cases are heard in their courts. Even if a judgment favorable to the defense is rendered, the authority of the court is reaffirmed.

    There is no way to beat the State. You can only walk away and hope they ignore you.

  4. #4 |  Marty | 

    ‘don’t tread on me Tanya’ sounds like a dominatrix… I guess she kinda is a dominatrix- we pay her money, she dominates us, then she screws us…

  5. #5 |  Chris Mallory | 

    I truly hope Miss Treadway develops an uncurable chronic disabling disease with lots of untreatable pain as a symptom. Then maybe she can see just how well the War on Drugs is working.

  6. #6 |  seeker6079 | 

    Dammit, Marty, I resent that slur on dominatrixes (dominatrixii?)! Real dominatrixes:
    – don’t do permanent damage;
    – rarely fuck you and then only on consent;
    – don’t come after people but wait for people who come to them;
    – always obey the law; and
    – always respect your limits and safe words.

    At what point, pray, is this US.Att. doing any of these things?

  7. #7 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Rest assured that if Miss Treadway requires pain meds, she will get all the pain meds she wants and never have to worry about a thing.

    Different rules…or did you forget?

  8. #8 |  Marty | 

    #6 | seeker6079

    I clearly didn’t think this through! thanks for straightening me out and my sincerest apologies to any dominatrix’s offended by my slur…

  9. #9 |  Lloyd Flack | 

    I think we have a strong candidate for the next Worst Prosecutor of the Year.

    The woman is obviously so self righteous that she cannot conceive that any reasonable person could see what she is doing as wrong. And in her willful blindness and moral conceit she becomes evil herself. What allows her to get away with this is the public allowing themselves to be panicked over drugs and sympathizing with the self righteous because of the streak of self righteousness in themselves.

  10. #10 |  DaveG | 

    I hope everyone remembers how former chief Justice Rehnquist, was coaxed into rehab for pain medication in the early 80’s, after being to drugged to function at the court.
    First they came for the weed and I said nothing, then they came for legally obtained pharmaceuticals and there was no one left to hook up me

  11. #11 |  Highway | 

    How *dare* some pissant little citizens get in the way of Tanya’s gravy train to fame and fortune, by daring to think that some fall guy doctor is actually not guilty of whatever she accuses him of! Why, she’ll teach them a lesson!

  12. #12 |  scott | 

    From the article:

    The prosecutor claimed Reynolds had “a sycophantic or parasitic relationship with the defendants,”

    Delicious irony… A parasitic prosecutor in the role of court sycophant labels a sympathetic advocate for pain doctors as a sycophant and/or parasite for daring to call the government on its bullshit.

  13. #13 |  Mattocracy | 

    And we wonder why there is a shortage of doctors in this country.

    It’s blog posts like this one and the previous post that just make me beleive there is no hope left.

  14. #14 |  Lloyd Flack | 

    Opiates act by increasing the level of endorphins in the brain. I wonder, does the gratification of smug self righteousness have the same effect? Could the buzz of a successful prosecution be similar to that of a drug hit? Could the Treadways of this world be addicted to the drug war itself? A delicious irony if so.

  15. #15 |  Windy | 

    Chris M wrote: “I truly hope Miss Treadway develops an uncurable chronic disabling disease with lots of untreatable pain as a symptom. Then maybe she can see just how well the War on Drugs is working.”

    Ideal solution, let us all put that intent out to the universe and see if “The Secret” really works. It certainly would be a fitting punishment for Ms. Treadway, and may become a turning point in the WoD.

  16. #16 |  Tim | 

    Go ahead and thumb-down me but I feel compelled to butt-in and say that the plural is “dominatrices”.

  17. #17 |  Peter Ramins | 

    Hrm, so apparently “exposing injustice” and “obstructing justice” are interchangeable.

    The more you know!