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Friday, March 25th, 2011
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  1. #1 |  Patriot Henry | 

    “It would bar people who haven’t been convicted of a drug crime from owning a gun.”

    I love this – remember that guy in Florida who spent three months in jail because his breath mint field tested positive for crack cocaine? No gun for him.

    I might be wrong…but wouldn’t even our pathetic court system throw this “law” out?

  2. #2 |  Mike | 

    Well, he said it: Prosecuting drug crimes is “mean”. Will a new wave of civility spring forth? (Don’t hold your breath.)

  3. #3 |  Mike | 

    Dead link to Georgetown article.

  4. #4 |  Dave Krueger | 

    Planet Moron: The war on dogs

  5. #5 |  Highway | 

    So Chuck Schumer’s pulling away in the “Worst Legislator” contest now? This gun legislation, and the letter to smartphone app stores ‘requesting’ that they remove any apps that highlight police checkpoints. I mean, each one is usually enough for a whole year, but two within a week?

  6. #6 |  Dave Krueger | 

    How could anyone possibly think this is a good idea?

    Wait a sec. Are you still lost in that delusion that law enforcement and prosecution is about justice?

    Of course, if every district does that, the average conviction rate will rise making it harder and harder to meet the goals without using innovative techniques.

  7. #7 |  Dave Krueger | 

    Chuck Schumer bill would bar people convicted of drug crimes from owning a gun.It would bar people who haven’t been convicted of a drug crime from owning a gun.

    I’m pretty certain that Constitutional restraints don’t even occur to most members of Congress. They introduce legislation solely because of the headlines it generates and rely on the Supreme Court to worry about all those Constitutional details.

    Last time I was in DC, I considered visiting the Capitol, but I was afraid I would never be able to wash the stink off afterword.

  8. #8 |  Mattocracy | 

    Bonuses based on convictions? How could this possibly go wrong…

  9. #9 |  André | 

    Georgetown link is dead; this one works.

    http://www.gulawweekly.org/news/2011/3/24/balko-speaks-at-innocence-project-event.html

  10. #10 |  Burdell | 

    A bonus for hitting a pre-determined conviction mark sounds an awful lot like a contingency fee in a criminal case…which defense attorneys a prohibited from charging. Not that I’m shocked that there would be a double standard.

  11. #11 |  Marty | 

    if there’s any justice, Willie will bring in an out of tune guitar and completely fuck up this asshole’s ‘favorite song’. We’re nothing but dancing chickens to these assholes- we either entertain them and get treated like a friend or we get ‘protected’ by idiots like Steven Seagal and Sheriff Joe…

  12. #12 |  Highway | 

    Hey, it’s all great that Willie Nelson gets preferential treatment about marijuana possession, and that the County attorney and sheriff can manage to ‘lose’ enough evidence to knock his infraction down to something they can plea out to ‘sing a song’. But it really grates on me that they’ll do this to suck up to some old famous guy, but probably throw the book at Jose Blow who comes through that same checkpoint.

    If the pot’s not a problem because Willie Nelson had it, it’s not a problem if some other guy has it. Get rid of the hypocritical double standard.

  13. #13 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    “Chuck Schumer bill would bar people convicted of drug crimes from owning a gun.It would bar people who haven’t been convicted of a drug crime from owning a gun.”

    DUI has similar penalties for innocent people. The “administrative” DMV penalties fail to consider that some who get arrested are not impaired.
    Take the case of Debra Bolton, who literally had a single glass of wine and drove home.
    “Since what she refers to as her “unfortunate incarceration,” Bolton has spent hours in D.C. Superior Court and at the DMV and $2,000 so far fighting the DUI charge. Her refusal to submit to the 12-week alcohol counseling diversion program has sent her on a “surreal” odyssey.”
    http://www.dui.com/dui-library/washington-dc/zero-tolerance

  14. #14 |  John Jenkins | 

    The bonuses for convictions probably has the opposite effect from what is intended. District Attorneys can already choose to dismiss the worst cases, so they will bring 5 cases to trial in a year, win 4, and plea out the rest (my rough approximation of the win % for prosecutors who go to trial is over 90%, because, again, they choose the cases to bring and don’t take the bad ones to trial). It certainly incentivizes bad behavior on the part of prosecutors to win those four trials though.

    There has to be some other motive here, because the design of the system is so flawed, no one who spent any time thinking about it could enact it for the stated purpose.

  15. #15 |  Pablo | 

    Schumer is completely appalling. On virtually every issue he consistently stands againt individual freedom and autonomy. Right up there with Dianne Feinstein.

    Re: the bonus for prosecutors. Not only is this a terrible concept, it doesnt really make sense on a dollar-per-hour-worked basis. Taking more cases to trial means you will work many more hours, as opposed to pleading out most of them. Less than 1000$ per year after taxes doesnt really get you much for all those extra hours.

  16. #16 |  Wavemanns | 

    Off topic but since Radley often covers this type of stuff:

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/the_worst_homeland_security_menace_4SysOzYn7m9JqxNBEjQ2hP

  17. #17 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    I have an idea! Lets get somebody to introduce a bill to deny both gun permits and drivers license to anyone who has ever held or run for elective office.

    Mr. Schumer really doesn’t trust us peasants, does he? One wonders why he thinks he can get away with this without paying a price at the polls.

  18. #18 |  Joe | 

    Chuck Schumer would make posessing a gun under any circumstances a crime if he could.

  19. #19 |  SJE | 

    Bonuses for prosecutors would be a good idea if
    1. This meant that they did not take weak cases to trial
    2. There is strong oversight and
    3. They gave up prosecutorial immunity.

    Re (3): currently, the system rewards rogue prosecutors through career advancement to high government. Its an implicit bonus. By making the bonus explicit, there is such a clear financial incentive that the courts should find NO prosecutorial immunity.

  20. #20 |  CyniCAl | 

    “Don Haase sex scandal in 4 . . . 3 . . . 2 . . .”

    Hey, that’s my joke. But it’s predicated on an Agitator political endorsement, so the jury’s still out on this one.

  21. #21 |  CyniCAl | 

    “DA Chambers offers bonuses for prosecutors who hit conviction targets.”

    Or, what to expect when one advocates that government should be run like a business.

    Government and justice are mutually exclusive.

  22. #22 |  CyniCAl | 

    “Chuck Schumer bill would bar people convicted of drug crimes from owning a gun.It would bar people who haven’t been convicted of a drug crime from owning a gun.”

    Prediction: If passed, this law will increase the number of drug arrests.

  23. #23 |  Aresen | 

    RE: Chuck Schumer’s bill:

    I am not at all sanguine that it would be struck down. When you consider that the SCOTUS has upheld asset forefeiture in cases where there has been no conviction, I have no confidence that they would not rule that a “no guns for people who have been arrested but not convicted” law does not constitute a “prudent measure.”

  24. #24 |  DarkEFang | 

    #17 C. S. P. Schofield –

    “One wonders why he thinks he can get away with this without paying a price at the polls.”

    People in New York, especially New York City, back legislation like this. That’s why he proposes it. If he were representing Texas – or some other heavily pro-gun state – it would be a completely different story.

  25. #25 |  Aresen | 

    “If he were representing Texas – or some other heavily pro-gun state – it would be a completely different story.”

    For one thing, he couldn’t get elected in Texas. (They prefer a different brand on their bullshitters.)

  26. #26 |  Z | 

    First commenter on the DA story can see the future and baby its so bright you gotta wear shades:

    “The next step for the county – people accused of crimes can come in and offer financial incentives to the ADAs to have charges dismissed.”

  27. #27 |  EH | 

    I SAW GOODY BALKO WITH THE DOPE FIEND

  28. #28 |  demize! | 

    #5 Schumer has a boner for checkpoints especially the ones in the occupied territories. His constituancy seems to be settler ex patriots from Brooklyn, cause he sure don’t Rep me. I detest him for aesthetic reasons as well as his politics. The man is a camera whore, and he’s got that pince-nez Im a serious advocate schtick down to a science. Have I mentioned I dislike him?

  29. #29 |  J.S. | 

    #5, Highway don’t forget about Schumer’s grandstanding with “blackout in a can” and the FourLoko ban. Though I guess technically that was last year.

  30. #30 |  paranoiastrksdp | 

    re: loss of second amendment for those charged w/ a drug crime but not convicted..

    Wow : It’s like civil asset forfeiture, but for the bill of rights.

  31. #31 |  croaker | 

    @5 @29 Take this in stride. Remember, the most dangerous place in the world is standing between Chuck Schumer and a TV camera. That’s why he proposes stupid shit like this.

  32. #32 |  Elliot | 

    Guy makes portrait collages out of porn (NSFW)

    Did the content of this page change? It doesn’t seem to fit the given description.

    I resist clicking on a NSFW link because of my location at the time and I guess I missed all the good stuff. Oh well.

  33. #33 |  Elliot | 

    Here is a more permanent link, hopefully, to the NSFW art.

    Interesting.

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