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Sunday, January 8th, 2012
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  1. #1 |  Brian V. | 

    Memphis Police union set to contest the verdict as “arbitrary and capricious.” j/k…

  2. #2 |  c andrew | 

    But of course, he should get a reduction in sentence. We can’t let the plebes think that just because their social superiors do the same criminal acts they should do the same prison time.

  3. #3 |  Irving Washington | 

    The last line in that Daley story is a laugher.

  4. #4 |  Phelps | 

    Fraud, corruption is the Chicago public school system.

    FIFY

  5. #5 |  Phelps | 

    On the Puppycide link:

    Police arrested Kevin Haggamaker on charges of public intoxication, open container and tampering with physical evidence. John Haggamaker was taken in on charges of public intoxication and resisting arrest.

    Okay, the dogs were inside the apartment. Either:

    A) The men were outside, supporting the PI charge, and the cops had no reason to enter the apartment, or

    B) The men were inside their own apartment, meaning there was no PI.

    That one stinks even worse than the usual puppycide.

  6. #6 |  derfel cadarn | 

    In regard to the Chicago public schools the best way to prevent this type of corruption is to FIRE everyone responsible. This would send a very chilling message that it will not be tolerated. As for any union rebuttal,it should be met with charges of aiding and abetting criminal enterprises and then explain in simple language for them to sit down and shut up.

  7. #7 |  Hexag1 | 

    About Stephen Hawking, the most likely answer is.. misdiagnosis.

  8. #8 |  PermaLurker | 

    Either that 17 year old is a smokin’ hot evil genius with mind control powers or that cop is spectacularly stupid.

  9. #9 |  Greg | 

    Where exactly are you getting the information the the cop had sex with the 17 year old? “Involved with” certainly implies it, but I’m not seeing it in any of the news reports, and he wasn’t charged with it.

  10. #10 |  Stanely Ketchel, Middleweight | 

    Mississippi’s treatment of persons with mental illness who are accused of crimes is right out of the middle ages. The Funderburk story is bad but not as bad as it gets.

  11. #11 |  TGGP | 

    From the Chicago schools article:
    “Spot checks of employee criminal backgrounds found several current staff members had previous drug-related convictions, including an elementary school cook who was charged with possessing cocaine, and an elementary school teacher and a volunteer assistant basketball coach cited for possession and intent to deliver cocaine. Multiple cannabis possession charges were found in employee backgrounds, as was a sexual offense committed against a minor by an elementary school security guard.”

    Should a lot of that really be disqualifying? The last one likely should, but readers know that people get charged with that offense when they’re young themselves.

  12. #12 |  Brent | 

    “She added: “I don’t think any detective would have hesitated to charge a family member of the mayor.”

    That’s the funniest thing I’ve read so far today.

  13. #13 |  nigmalg | 

    The police admittedly opened the “cracked” apartment door, which let the dog(s) out. The witnesses are saying that police unlatched and opened the door completely, and that nobody was inside at the time. The story mentions the officers were knocking loudly on the apartment door, sort of hard to do when it’s “cracked”.

    It sounds like Haggamaker was only arrested *after* the shooting took place, as he had the nerve to be upset and was yelling and cursing at the police officers.

    #5, You’re right, this is a stinky one.

  14. #14 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    While I’m not surprised that the Chicago school system is full of all kinds of stupidity, before I start shouting “Fire them all, the devil will know his own!” I want to know how much of the reported “abuse” COULD be the result of unclear forms and/or regulations that contradict one-another (or simply don’t make sense). Not that I think all the teachers etc. are as pure as the driven snow; I just suspect that anyone writing a “viewing with alarm” report like this is casting a very wide net.And I also suspect that, like much of the rest of governmental regulation, the regulation of schools is full of sloppy thinking, badly worded rules, and so on.

  15. #15 |  xenia onatopp | 

    Where exactly are you getting the information the the cop had sex with the 17 year old? “Involved with” certainly implies it, but I’m not seeing it in any of the news reports, and he wasn’t charged with it.

    Not sure where the info is coming from, probably just guesswork based on common sense; stupid as this cop obviously is, it’s still a stretch to believe that anybody could be dumb enough to do all that shit for a girl who wasn’t giving it up. I’m just saying.

    As far as being charged with it, what exactly would the charge be? While I don’t know the law in Tennessee (and I’m too lazy to look it up until I’m done here, apparently), as far as I know the age of consent in most jurisdictions in the US is 17 (or 16), so it’s probably not statutory rape. He may be guilty of poor judgment and lack of discretion in his choice of sex partners, but if that’s a crime then it’s a wonder we aren’t all in jail.

  16. #16 |  Sky | 

    Regarding “The Mississippi woman locked up for eight years without a trial”

    Given that the QUACK Stephen Hayne was involved in this, is anyone really surprised this happened? Seriously?

  17. #17 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    8 Years! Hiring a hitman will get you more than that (and that’s just one of a half dozen things he admitted to). Even being an ex-cop is wonderful.

  18. #18 |  Marty | 

    the college rankings article cracks me up because I’m guilty of quoting these things when they support what I want…

  19. #19 |  Mike | 

    Re: Stephen Hawking, clearly God is on his side ;-)

  20. #20 |  Bad Medicine | 

    And the Memphis (ex-)cop’s attorney says they hope for probation??!!?!?!?

  21. #21 |  William | 

    FREAKING AMAZING! The Memphis cop had to plead guilty to a long list of charges, not one of them being the a sex crime. This whole drama stemmed from his sexual relationship with the 17 year old girl. Sex crimes charges were never pursued, the plea bargain only containing the crimes without a sexual element.

  22. #22 |  xenia onatopp | 

    Sex crimes charges were never pursued, the plea bargain only containing the crimes without a sexual element.

    I would ask What sex crime?, but I checked it out, and Tennessee is one of the 11 states where the age of consent is 18, rather than the far more common 16 or 17. Still, as long as he was doing it on his own time and not while on duty, the actual having-sex-the-girl is the only part of his behavior that isn’t stupid/creepy/disturbing.

  23. #23 |  markm | 

    Tennessee has an age of consent of 18, with an exception if the couple is within 4 years of age. That is, it’s legal for a 21 year old to sleep with a 17 year old, but not for a 22 year old.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ages_of_consent_in_North_America#Tennessee

    This cop was on the police force for 14 years, so he must have been in his 30’s. IMO, that makes him a sex offender and a dirty old man.

    http://www.wreg.com/news/wreg-benjamin-record,0,7976933.story

  24. #24 |  Angus S-F | 

    WRT that Boycott-SOPA Android app, although the app itself only asks for “Internet” permissions, it requires that you install the Barcode Scanner app which requires permission to read all your personal information: browser history, bookmarks, read and write contact data. Sorry, but that’s a non-starter for me — why does a barcode scanner need my contacts info or my browser history and bookmarks?

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