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Thursday, April 12th, 2012

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  1. #1 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    I commented on the Reason article about Tide, and I will repeat the gist here; The Tide story strikes me as bogus – like the vodka tampons stories and some others. It makes no goddamned sense for this to be true. Or am I missing something?

  2. #2 |  Aresen | 

    Upstart Internet provider guarantees privacy, promises to fight government information requests.

    And a zillion statist editorialists (and op-ed writers) will rush to their keyboards to condemn this as “irresponsible”.

  3. #3 |  AlgerHiss | 

    The city of Demopolis, Alabama’s city website:

    The chamber of commerce of Demopolis, Alabama:

  4. #4 |  Aresen | 

    While the campaign finance laws were being debated, John Edward was right there to support them.

    Hoist on his own petard. He gets no sympathy from me.

  5. #5 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    “•Andrew Peyton Thomas, deputy stripped of their law licenses. Good riddance. My article on Thomas here.”

    This guy surfaced (as Arpaio’s lickspittle) around the time that the “Sheriff’s Employee, ” beyond belief, stole documents from the defense attorney right in front the judge…
    providing a glimpse into just how screwy things had become down in Arizona.
    Damn, it sure took a long time to disbar this cretin…

  6. #6 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    Yizmo Gizmo;

    I seem to recall that incident as being at most four or five years back. Most criminal trials I read about seem to take at least that long. Not that the cretin doesn’t deserve to lose his license.

  7. #7 |  Goober | 

    That story about the psuedofed “trafficking” has me shaking I’m so upset.

    So let me get this straight:

    1.) The cop used the kidnapping of her children as a method to coerce a confession out of her, and yet her defense lawyers didn’t demand that that tape be played in court?

    2.) She was mistreated and even tortured while in her holding cell (I might add that doing what they did to her to a person inside Guantanamo would be considered torture) and her lawyers didn’t go after that, either? What was the justification given by the police for her treatment?

    Sounds to me like some damn lawyer needs to get his ass disbarred, or barring that, demoted to ambulance chaser.

    Our society really needs to stop and reconsider it’s priorities when it thinks that ruining a woman’s life is acceptable collateral damage in the fight to keep people from getting high.

  8. #8 |  StrongStyleFiction | 

    That is some great news from Connecticut.

    William Grigg once again demonstrates just how insane the drug war has gotten. There is absolutely no way for any lawhead to justify this without completely abandoning reality. Of course they still will try to justify it, but I can’t think of any reasonable way to do so.

  9. #9 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    The elected pissants who voted for the various anti-sudaphed laws need to be struck briskly across the sinuses with a nine-iron until the laws are repealed. Any and all police officers who actually enforce said laws need to be demoted to crossing-guard.

  10. #10 |  scottp | 

    Why do I have to share oxygen with assholes like Sorenen and Griggers?
    I don’t believe in hell, but people like these two make wish such a place existed.

  11. #11 |  Aresen | 

    Any and all police officers who actually enforce said laws need to be demoted to crossing-guard.

    Zog help the dog who follows a kid to school!

  12. #12 |  celticdragonchick | 

    I live 5 blocks away from the federal courthouse in Greensboro where the Edwards trial will be. I have not seen a jury summons yet, unfortunately. I would love to be in that jury box for this one.

  13. #13 |  perlhaqr | 

    So, what mechanisms exist to enforce mandatory minimum sentences?

    What if a judge simply refused to impose them? Can they be removed from the bench? Put in jail?

  14. #14 |  Bob | 

    The burgeoning gray-market Tide trade.

    LOL! I see what they’re doing here. It’s a tongue in cheek parody of what’s in store after the upcoming economic collapse. Well, I guess if it gets a few people thinking about barter and alternate currencies, then it’s worth it.

    It would have been better to put that out on the first, though.

  15. #15 |  Charlie O | 

    The Demopolis, AL sudafed story is exactly why I am always armed during interstate travel. I will die in a gunfight before being arrested by some Barney Fife for having too much of an over the counter drug and then being subjected to everything Mrs. Avera was put through. I do not have the patience or disposition for such nonsense. I would never make the booking process.

  16. #16 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    Regarding the text at the bottom of the (MJ) seizure photo in the Alabama sudafed bust, what the hell is “ready to smoke” dope? Is there any other kind?
    I’m starting to think the whole article is an Onion-esque satire…

  17. #17 |  perlhaqr | 

    Re: The story from Alabama

    Never talk to the cops. About anything. Ever. It may seem like the most innocuous question in the world, but just don’t answer.

    I strongly suspect that woman wishes she’d answered “What are you doing in Demopolis?” with “None of your fucking business, you fascist pig.”

  18. #18 |  Deoxy | 

    The officers involved in that Sudafed case are ethically and morally guilty of kidnapping, false imprisonment, and extortion. Full stop.

    That the law does not recognize such is a serious flaw in the law.

    On the legal side, couldn’t you make a case that having an informant tell you where to get something (and, in a position of some authority in the case of drugs, no less, implicitly claim that it is legal to do so) and then tell the police about it is entrapment?

    Also, I would like to reference the recent links on “How to make hard-to-obtain pseuphedrine from readily available street meth”. Yeah, keep up the good work, drug warriors.

  19. #19 |  el coronado | 

    (note: ain’t gonna read a 7000 word article on a fucking politician for love or money, so if’n I’m off-base here, sorry.)

    In re the federal prosecution of famous hair model John Edwards for [what seems to be] violation of campaign-finance laws; laws that changed and made actions & behavior that *used to be* legal now _illegal_…

    Exactly how does that differ from the EPA or the DEA prosecuting Joe Sixpack for fundamentally the same reason? What do the LEO scum always chant like an evil totem? “Ignorance of the law is no excuse! Now off to prison with you, sucker!”

    John Edwards of the Silky Tresses used to be one of the pompous, pious, assclown whores who wrote those ever-evolving, ever-more-draconian laws he’s now being prosecuted for “breaking”. Awww, TFB, good buddy. John Edwards can eat a shit sandwich. In prison, hopefully.

  20. #20 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    I’ve added 2 dozen jugs of Tide to my bunker.

  21. #21 |  David | 

    El coranado: Because campaign finance law does not actually forbid what John Edwards did, and regardless of what you think of him personally, prosecuting him for a campaign-finance crime because he got money from people and spent it on things other than his campaign sets a horrible precedent.

  22. #22 |  Burgers Allday | 

    Burgers’ link:

    Important new drug dog case I almost missed. The case itself doesn’t sound that promising, but it seems like it could lead to promising things. At least the dog’s actual real world performance (and not just the K9’s “certificate”) seems relevant. I mean, the case does come down to just the K9 having the appropriate certificate, but at least the dog has to perform to SOME threshold to get the certificate. That is big. It would seem to give grounds to challenge these certificates, at least to the extent they are based on real world tests (hopefully “dubl blind”) and the like.

    The big SCOTUS case is coming out of FLA. Kind of glad the 9th is treading lightly here for now — as Prof. Kerr likes to point out, SCOTUS seems to really enjoy doing the opposite of what the 9th Cir. would have them do.

  23. #23 |  Juice | 

    #1 | C. S. P. Schofield,

    The cops busted a black market “operation” a couple of miles from my house. It was in a shitty barber shop. They had stolen items all over the place, many in plain view. One of their big items was Tide.

  24. #24 |  Jay | 

    Regarding the text at the bottom of the (MJ) seizure photo in the Alabama sudafed bust, what the hell is “ready to smoke” dope? Is there any other kind?
    I’m starting to think the whole article is an Onion-esque satire…

    Yizmo, you can put anything in your pipe and smoke it. However, most people wait the 8-15 weeks for marijuana to mature/ripen, and for the maximum amount of THC and other compounds to be made available. Most of the drug busts you see in national forests and the like, where they pull plants from the ground, are usually mostly water weight and very very low in THC. In other words, not ready to smoke.

    In my state, cops will weigh the entire plant, rootball, dirt, growing container and all, which will increase the overall weight of the bust. Then they convert to grams for fun.

  25. #25 |  el coronado | 

    @David –

    I can see you actually *read* the article, as opposed to merely skimming it like I did. My compliments on your diligence (and patience). I stand (somewhat) corrected. I still stand by my main point, though: Edwards is [apparently] being prosecuted because some prosecutor/bureaucrat somewhere has interpreted the law/regs in a way as to suggest he broke that law/regulation.

    Just like the EPA & DEA, et al, do to ordinary, law-abiding regular folks all the time. ALL the time. Hell, take a gander at the story above of the woman busted and sent through hell for ‘crossing state lines’ to buy freakin’ *Sudafed*. Take a look at your local newspapers ‘legal notices’ section in the classifieds. And the ones in USA Today. And the WSJ. Case after case after case of “[governmental agency] vs. $2, 611.49 in US currency”, for example. Cash, cars, guns, jewels, fancy watches….All “seized” at roadblocks, airports, traffic stops…..because “they might be” ill-gotten gains. (JUST what the Founding Fathers fought for, right?) It don’t really strike me as all that different from what Edwards is going through – and him [undoubtedly] voting for/approving of some of those very same precedents makes his legal troubles all the sweeter.

    Now if they’d only get off their ass and go after Corzine….maybe closer to the election? Hopefully?

  26. #26 |  Jim Collins | 

    The latest in oxymorons. “The Justice Department’s Public Integrity Division”.

  27. #27 |  Aaron | 

    A kiss without a mustache is like a day without sunshine.

  28. #28 |  albatross | 

    el coronado:

    Perhaps Edwards is being prosecuted so vigorously because of a politically ambitious prosecutor. On the other hand, the Ted Stevens case has left me wondering what fraction of high profile political prosecutions are really some kind of behind the scenes power struggle or payback for misbehavior or something. Notably, merely having people murdered or tortured or spied on or bombed or wrongfully detained or falsely convicted pretty much *never* leads to anyone doing any jail time. Who gives a damn what happens to a bunch of nobody peasants?

  29. #29 |  Onlooker | 

    I echo all the outraged comments about the sudafed “bust” of that dangerous criminal in Alabama. These damned stories make my gut hurt. All I can think about is my poor innocent and frankly naive’ (though getting better on that score) wife being caught up in that kind of crap.

    That prosecutor needs to be thrown to the wolves in prison; with his cop buddies.

  30. #30 |  Bill Poser | 

    If I understand correctly, the law against crossing a state line to buy pseudoephedrine is an Alabama state law. Why does such a law not violate the Commerce Clause? It appears to interfere with interstate commerce in a legal product.

  31. #31 |  Burgers Allday | 


    have fun:

    Don’t worry too much about it, tho — they don’t seem too hit this too hard on the Bar Exie. Too complicated and subjective.

  32. #32 |  JSL | 

    Oregon has had this insanity, since 2006. I think Radley posted a couple of months ago on the cascade policy institute’s report that the law has done jack squat to stop meth selling/use. Local production appears to have gone done with the national ID laws not the prescription law.

    Its fun to hear the “weird” liberals here in the Portland area defend the law though, often bashing supporters of a repeal as being in the tank for evil corporations just wanting to up sales again. Its even better when you tell them they sound just like their hated republicans.

  33. #33 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 


    All I can say is, if it’s a real trend it’s weirder than counterfeit Cabbage Patch Kids.

  34. #34 |  plutosdad | 

    Some good news: Oklahoma DA just fired two ADAs for withholding evidence, and he also contacted the bar association, and thirdly brought in the public defenders office in the investigation of the ADAs. (found out from my fiance who was a defense attorney in Oklahoma City when she lived there). Of course some people wonder how much the DA knew and if he’s going to reform or this is just CYA. But either way, it’s a start and nice to see ADAs disciplined.