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Friday, August 13th, 2010

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  1. #1 |  Aresen | 

    A Calvin & Hobbes search engine.

    At last I’ll be able to find my transmogrifier!

  2. #2 |  Michael Chaney | 

    Sgt. Cristy Hamblin, a police spokeswoman, later confirmed that nothing was seized from the house.

    Disorderly house is described as a building or room where someone “resorted to for” illegal activity involving drugs, alcohol, gambling or prostitution, according to a city ordinance.

    That’s like being busted for speeding when you’re stopped in your driveway. If nothing illegal was found, how do they support these false charges?

  3. #3 |  hattio | 

    Yeah, that caught my eye too. We need to justify the damage we’ve done to your front door, so we’re gonna charge you with something, I guess is the rationale.

  4. #4 |  jppatter | 

    Disorderly house is described as a building or room where someone “resorted to for” illegal activity involving drugs, alcohol, gambling or prostitution, according to a city ordinance.

    Am I suddenly developing dyslexia or does that sentence make absolutely no sense, legal or grammatical? What on earth does “resorted to for” mean?

  5. #5 |  David | 

    I think that’s why they put it quotation marks. It’s journalist shorthand for “this is actually what it says, fuck if we’re going to figure out what they mean.”

  6. #6 |  Nando | 

    Charging and convicting are two different worlds. If the prosecutor decides not to pursue, or they are acquitted of the charges, I’m sure they can still sue for damages.

  7. #7 |  Mike | 

    I was in the UK shortly after the Tory-Lib Dem coalition was formed I was stunned by the frank talk they had about fiscal discipline and civil liberties. Clegg and Cameron are looking like a great team. I wish we could have something like that in this country, where we’re trapping between the Silly Party and the Very Silly Party.

  8. #8 |  Upgrayyed | 

    “We don’t take just one person’s word, under normal circumstances,” Hamblin said.

    I would laugh if I could stop crying.

  9. #9 |  MacK | 

    At least “Disorderly House” does not mean they did not sweep the floor.

    I have to admit, I thought I would be reading about that beforehand.

  10. #10 |  Marty | 

    Carlos Miller is a true badass. He stuck to his guns and this has brought positive change to Miami. I am in awe of his dedication to freedom.

  11. #11 |  Mattocracy | 

    Calvin and Hobbes was the best comic strip ever.

    The current government in England gives me some hope for our country. I never thought England’s police state would ever go away. I guess it still hasn’t yet, but it looks more promissing than what we have going on over here.

  12. #12 |  Bob | 

    Disorderly house, huh? For what, holding a loud SWAT party at 6 am?

    Here’s the money shot:

    “Davis said he is on probation and it would be stupid for him to be involved with drugs.”

    What do you want to bet that the coppers routinely look up people with priors, especially drug related charges, then match them up with an informant to get a totally bogus warrant?

    It’s easy meat! The cops know they can get away with it. The odds are good they’ll have a small amount of pot there, seeing as how they used in the past. All the cops have to do is show a picture of their mark to the informant and ask “Is this the guy?”. Bam. Easy warrant.

    If it’s a dry hole, like this one, then it was free overtime and some SWAT related fun. If the fishing expedition pays off… Woo! Steak tonight. Hey, the pigs have 150 raids a day to fill. Of course they’re going to take all the free shortcuts they can.

    It’s just a LITTLE TOO CONVENIENT that these totally bogus busts just happen to involve both an ‘informant’ and someone with priors.

  13. #13 |  Richard K. Jones | 

    Just for the record, here is a link to the Cedar Rapids municipal ordinance barring “disorderly houses.”

  14. #14 |  Bob | 

    Huh. More ‘Disorderly house’.

    Apparently, over in Cedar Rapids, “Disorderly house” is the catch-all they use to get people into the system so they can start throwing charges at them to see if they stick.

    Oh… and of course, that SWAT callout was drug related too, and no drugs were found.

    Yeah. That’s not the least bit suspicious. Not the least bit at all.

  15. #15 |  Leon Wolfeson | 

    Get real, Radley. The Conservatives are not what you’re looking for.

    They’re reforming the justice system, for instance, to look far more like the American model. I thought you were *against* arbitrary criminal charging because of collusion between police and prosecutors, and against overworked, underpaid criminal defence lawyers who meet their clients ten minutes before the trial.

    Go figure.

  16. #16 |  Steve Verdon | 

    That’s like being busted for speeding when you’re stopped in your driveway. If nothing illegal was found, how do they support these false charges?

    My guess it is because Davis and Lewis aren’t married, going by the assignation part of the law. Basically, they were charged with screwing each other.

  17. #17 |  Michael Chaney | 

    The other snort-worthy part of the story:

    Hamblin said search warrants are issued only after a judge reviews the evidence collected and signs the warrant. In general, police investigate tips about drug activity by interviewing neighbors, looking through trash and using a drug-sniffing dog, Hamblin said.

    [eye-roll] Yeah, a judge would never just rubber-stamp those, they check the evidence carefully.

  18. #18 |  Leon Wolfeson | 

    Oh look, another prime example:

    Goodbye the body which oversaw local government public spending. It was cost-efficient and provided good data about relative efficiency of different programs. However, it’s been a major embarrassment to many Conservative-lead councils, who it’s criticised.

    It was already going to outsource auditing to companies to save money, but it’s framework for reporting the auditing and it’s ability to compare the true effectiveness of local authorities would remain.

    So it had to go.

  19. #19 |  Aresen | 

    Leon Wolfeson | August 13th, 2010 at 4:55 pm
    Get real, Radley. The Conservatives are not what you’re looking for.

    I don’t think Radley’s endorsing the Conservative/Liberal Democrat Coalition. It’s more that they are a huge improvement on the former Labour Government (this is not a high bar.)

  20. #20 |  Leon Wolfeson | 

    I disagree, Aresen. At least there was independent oversight of the Labour government and of public spending, and things like the ID cards were dead in the water. It’s increasingly hard to know the effectiveness of public spending, the Government is not consulting even in a minimal way (with their own experts) over drastic changes in policy and most of what they are doing is based on plain ideology rather than rational analysis.

    Also, Labour’s plans for cutting in the UK were harsh but sensible. Since the Tories took over, UK growth has been revised downwards by over half and we’re now on a lower trajectory than the Eurozone!

    This is the coalition who are tying voting reform to massive gerrymandering, making sure that the Tories political power gets boosted either way. I’d rather have slime than naked we-don’t-give-a-shit-unless-you’re-rich slash and burn tactics.

    They’re raising VAT. And you’re supporting them? Ha.

  21. #21 |  BakedPenguin | 

    Retired NYPD cops investigated for faking mental illness to collect more benefits.

    Can we be sure they’re faking? Given the number of suspects they have sodomized or brutalized in other ways, I’d say there are a great deal of NYPD officers with serious mental health issues.

    Of course, they hardly deserve to be paid for that.

  22. #22 |  croaker | 

    @21 Word.

  23. #23 |  Pablo | 

    Baked Penguin–I don’t think antisocial personality disorder is grounds for disability payments.

  24. #24 |  John Farrier | 

    Thanks for the link, Radley!

  25. #25 |  Roho | 

    I bet we’re going to start seeing a lot more of these Disorderly House charges. Let’s do our SATs – ‘Disorderly House’ is to ‘Botched Raid’ as ‘Resisting Arrest’ is to ‘False Arrest’.

  26. #26 |  Ace_of_Spades | 

    More Cedar Rapids code…

    “62.17 – DRUNKENNESS.
    No person shall be intoxicated nor simulate intoxication in a public place.”

    Is there a Pretending to be Alcoholics Anonymous?

    Might as well get drunk. And since sleeping of your buzz in the car can get you a DUI, might as well drive home drunk. What if you pretend you’re drunk in your car? Driving While Simulating Intoxication?

  27. #27 |  Mark | 

    “Another isolated incident. SWAT team raids home (with 5-year-old inside), finds no drugs. Charges occupants with “Disorderly House” (?).”

    A few months ago I was startled by the loud noise of a concussion bomb as a no-knock warrant was being served on a neighbor’s house.

    No drugs were found but the house was condemned (“electrical stuff”) and stolen by the state. We have new neighbors now.

  28. #28 |  Mark | 

    jppatter, “resorted to for” as in “went to for the purposes of” doing something fun which other people don’t like.