It Was a Simpler Time

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Think there’s any way we can get Sheriff Taylor to give the sheriff here in Davidson County, Tennessee a lecture on the finer points of due process?

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12 Responses to “It Was a Simpler Time”

  1. #1 |  Greg | 

    If only our legal system followed the proscripts layed out in Mayberry…

  2. #2 |  TGGP | 

    Just to be a Slate-style contrarian, Orin Kerr on a supposed golden era of the fourth amendment.

  3. #3 |  Greg | 


    That we’ve not always (or seldom) lived up to the ideal is a reason to kill the ideal?

  4. #4 |  Kevin Carson | 

    Actually, I recall an episode where Andy ticketed a big city woman for speeding, and she chose to stay in jail in protest rather than pay after she found out he was also Justice of the Peace, etc., etc. She wound up getting a lesson on how the “simplified” version of “due process” in Mayberry was really kinda nice, because things were done “differently” there. So unfortunately, Andy might get along all too well with the peckerwood in Tennessee.

  5. #5 |  Marty | 

    Davidson County’s sheriff grew up watching Cops, not the Andy Griffith Show…

  6. #6 |  Dave Krueger | 

    So, it sounds like it’s the government’s opinion that they should be able to listen in on calls between inmates and their lawyers and then decide later whether the conversations were privileged.

  7. #7 |  Stephen | 

    Sheriff Andy destroyed evidence of a crime committed by his son!

  8. #8 |  Bob | 

    Assistant U.S. Attorney Van Vincent argued that the phone calls are not privileged because an automated message stating that calls are not private and will be recorded precedes each call placed by inmates from the jail.


    Why stop there? Why not have a recorded message that plays during booking that says all inmates will be beaten until they confess? Hell, according to a fucking Assistant U.S. Attorney, having a recording telling you what rights are going to be stomped on makes the stomping legal!

  9. #9 |  Chuchundra | 

    Of course, a real world Sheriff Andy in the 1960’s would have just taken the perp into the back room. Then he and Fife would have beaten him with phone books until he confessed.

  10. #10 |  Bob | 

    Sweet! They have the Andy Griffith show on Instant view Netflix!

    I think I’ll just clear my schedule today for that.

  11. #11 |  qwints | 

    The Assistant U.S. Attorney’s argument isn’t that horrendous. It’s a well-established exception that privilege doesn’t exist for attorney-client statements voluntarily disclosed by the client or conservations held in the presence of a 3rd party. That’s not to say that the jail doesn’t have an obligation to enable privileged conversations between defendants and their attorneys.

  12. #12 |  TC | 

    I hold to the belief that if cops were trained by watching Andy they would make so much better cops.

    But then again way too many cops are thugs with badges anyway. What is that about a zebra and strips?