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It should be obvious to a 1L, let alone Mr. Superlawyer, that if the statute can mean what he says it means, it’s constitutionally overbroad. It’s obvious to me, and (a) it’s been more than a decade since I took constitutional law, (2) it’s been 8 years since the bar exam, (D) I’m merely a transactional corporate attorney, and (6) I’m an idiot.
I especially like your bit about “not having all the facts”, Ken.
If the judge is considering issues outside of what’s stated in the warrant request, then there’s a problem. The Fourth Amendment states that “…no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation…”– if it ain’t in the request, the judge shouldn’t be considering it, right?
And if the judge is issuing a fucking warrant on the basis of “this guy embarrassed us by speaking about us on them thar interwebs, so that’s cyberstalking!”, then he needs to be run out of town by angry mob with pitchforks and torches.
Humpty Dumpty said that “when I use a word it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.” Alice’s response was “the question is whether you can make words mean so many different things.” Humpty replied: “the question is which is to be master – that’s all.”
“Officers have been searching for the identity of the cartoonist for months.”
So they solved all the robbery, sexual assault and murder cases first right? ಠ_ಠ
Helmut O' Hooligan |
August 10th, 2011 at 3:18 pm
“Not content for its Chief Prosecutor and Police Department to be the subject of uniform nationwide scorn for abusive censorious douchebaggery, Renton is bringing more of its staff into the mix and doubling down.”
Well of course they are doubling down. This is the first rule for douchebags in positions of authority. Never say you were wrong. Never apologize (unless it is one of those “mistakes were made” non-apology apologies). And when you start to look ridiculous, don’t skip a beat. Continue doing the same shit HARDER, especially if you are lampooned for your douchebaggery. This is the same logic that has given us the policy of drug prohibition, et al.
Andrew S., stop bragging about your youth. I find it depressing. As Scott Greenfield at Simple Justice would say, I guess I’m a teacup.
Well I won’t say how long it’s been for me since taking ConLaw, but it’s been a long time. But I do try to keep up.
This is ludicrous and all the doubling-down is SOP. The best defense is a good offense and all that. This story and the Fullerton, Orange County, CA police murder of Kelly Thomas have a lot in common. The stories have legs that we should not let go of, and cross-party outrage, which we also should not let die on the vine. These stories bring the reality home to folks who otherwise think LEO/DAs are just out for the good of the public by stopping the bad guys.
Thankfully, the Washington state commenters at KIRO 7 seem to get it.
Michael Chaney |
August 10th, 2011 at 5:12 pm
Constabulary? That must be something like constable, except that it isn’t a word. Someone needs a dose of reality strong enough to pull them back from the brink of Pulitzer-wannabe ambition to the reality of red-shirt team, sometimes-contributor to Huffpost, the most feeble excuse for journalism on the planet…
Helmut O' Hooligan |
August 10th, 2011 at 5:50 pm
#16 Michael Chaney:
“Re: #9 – The passive voice rules.”
Lol, yeah. With its overuse, passive voice is one of those things I just have to laugh at so I don’t get angry. It is the ultimate tool of government and corporate PR hacks. Yuck.
Wait that definition is nonsense. A Constabulary is of or relating to a constabulary? Though I will note that Firefox does not think constabulary is a misspelled word in the chat box and the dictionary is pretty limited.
We need a new simple phrase for increasing the steaks on a losing bet. “Doubling down” refers to an action in blackjack that can be a correct move. What Renton is doing is more like “betting double or nothing”, or “averaging down”. I prefer “averaging down”, because losers use that expression to describe their behavior, in advance of their loss.
ktc, it looks cool but thats the trouble with not living under rule of law anymore. No one knows weather it is incitement to violence until the judge decides whether it is or not. If the NSA forwards your post to the FBI let us know.
Pretty clever idea… If only the Kochtopus hadn’t forgotten to give me my stipend I could get them to fund a T-shirt handout at leftie political rallies… we could have nice liberty friendly messages with a DNC logo and have it fade out to a libertarian message.