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Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

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  1. #1 |  EH | 

    Regarding the juvenile taserer, reporters need to start asking less about who’s following what rules and more about who’s writing the Taser policy and what that policy is intended to allow. Stop wasting time with the officers and the officer’s union and start going after the bureaucracy, which hates sunlight and allows this stuff to go unpunished.

  2. #2 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    “•Former ICE intelligence chief, other top ICE officials scammed $600,000 from U.S. taxpayers. Seems like a more important story than, for example, the Secret Service hiring prostitutes in countries where prostitution is legal.”

    GSA, TSA, ICE, DEA, Secret Service, military all in trouble with the law
    in just a few weeks time. Fer Chrissake, can’t we just revert back to
    tribal leaders?
    Or invite the Redcoats back over to perform some damage control?

  3. #3 |  Johnny Clamboat | 

    A quote from the Linnekin profile:

    “Thanks to the right wing, we have deregulated every single aspect of corporate behavior, so that killing people is perfectly legal”

    Can we see some examples of this alleged deregulation? I won’t hold my breath.

    “This idea of the corporate nanny state is complete bullshit and a very privileged way of thinking about philosophical ideas.”

    I feel much better knowing that the nanny state is a figment of my imagination.

    “Let’s worry about that when we get the government to do anything to protect the people.”

    Legislate as they may, the buffoonish state cannot protect the people. The opposing idea is a fairy tale on the bent notion that the state is our mother.

  4. #4 |  Nick | 

    RE: The Philly Cop committing sexual assault… not only did they not bring charges in time, but they were only misdemeanor charges in Municipal court. Now, if it wasn’t a cop involved, imagine the charges that would have been thrown at him…

  5. #5 |  Personanongrata | 

    Sources: Cop repeatedly Tasered teen in jail

    The officer must have been in fear of his/her life otherwise the “professional” law enforcement officers of the Colwyn Police Department would never, ever and I do mean never, discharge their TASER (Thomas A Swifts Electric Rifle TASER) or firearm without proper cause.

    “The investigation involves an officer involved with a juvenile, yes,” Reed said. “The juvenile is fine, there is no issues, no problems. It’s just more of a matter of procedure than it is the incident itself.”

    Move along here, everything is fine, except of course the torture the juvenile endured at the hands of the “professionals” staffing the Colwyn PD.

  6. #6 |  Personanongrata | 

    •The U.S. government is not looking good in this Chen Guangcheng story.

    When does the US government look good?

  7. #7 |  James J.B. | 

    As it has been said elsewhere – the sexual assault, ice, tasering, etc. – you will see these nowhere. They don’t fit the plan. If we dug at these too much our faith in our dear leaders would be undermined. The media exists to protect the state and, to a lesser extent, large businesses. They love stories to get the rest of us fighting – like zimmerman/trayvon – so that we don’t notice the real crimes by our gov’t against black and white alike.

    Instead – we’ll get a story about prostitutes in another country or seniors with no drugs, or maybe something about the big game – just keep sleeping everyone. Never ask the tough questions, ever.

  8. #8 |  nigmalg | 

    …allegedly ordered a woman to strip naked and watch him masturbate during a Kensington drug raid…

    This is a misdemeanor?

  9. #9 |  David | 

    He got caught, which is conduct unbecoming a police officer.

  10. #10 |  35-year lawyer | 

    Prosecutors have GREAT power which they can (and many do) abuse.

    Special deals fror special people is NBD when you have absolute immunity and unaccountable discretion that is often exercised in secret.

  11. #11 |  Michael Chaney | 

    “Seems like a more important story than, for example, the Secret Service hiring prostitutes in countries where prostitution is legal.”

    No, the President’s security apparatus fucking prostitutes while bragging that they are the men who guard the POTUS is a *far* bigger story. Look, I’m all for legalized prostitution. But a student of history will find that sex is a very common way to compromise security. It was, at best, reckless for them to be involved with prostitutes while in another country. It was downright stupid to steal from one of them. I really have to question their judgement.

  12. #12 |  Pablo | 

    #8 nigmalg–my thoughts exactly. Im not sure what the statute of limitations is on felonies in PA but I imagine it is still open. Just charge him with a few felonies. Problem sovled.

    RE: the drug czar speech article–this is an excellent article, esp. the objective discussion of the problems with drug courts. But something that deserves more attention is the fact that they are overwhelmingly based on the 12 step approach, with all its accompanying problems. (Check out Stanton Peele’s web site for lots of info.) There is the fact that 12 step programs work about as well as letting people outgrow substance abuse problems on their own. There is no doubt that 12 step programs are religous programs–meetings all begin with prayers, one must recognize a higher power, etc–and using the legal system to coerce participation in a religious program is clearly unconstitutional.

  13. #13 |  A roundup of items from the legal beat. « Whipped Cream Difficulties | 

    […] not sure what happened here: did I miss the story until Balko drew it to my attention, or has it been buried by the mass media? A G0ogle search for references to […]

  14. #14 |  albatross | 


    That doesn’t make a lot of sense. Surely a prostitute is much less likely to compromise you via sex than someone you think you’ve attracted by your charm and powerful important job. I mean, you know why she’s f–king you–you’re *paying* her. You don’t have to show off your magic decoder ring to get her to sleep with you, that’s what the cash is for.

    This is a stupid scandal. No journalist reporting the story could possibly be surprised or shocked by any of this–send a bunch of youngish men off to a foreign country far from their wives and girlfriends to a place where prostitution is legal and readily available, and it’s supposed to be a shock that some of them head off to find a prostitute? It sounds like one of the agents took a prostitute back to someplace he wasn’t supposed to have outsiders in, which might be a good reason to fire him. Otherwise, the worst charge here seems to be that one of the guys refused to pay. Which is crappy, but not a national scandal.

  15. #15 |  Robert | 

    @ Albatross: It’s not the prostitute themself that is the problem, but someone else finding out that an agent (perhaps married) is using prostitutes, and therefore giving them ammunition for blackmail.

  16. #16 |  Doubleu | 

    “the Secret Service hiring prostitutes in countries where prostitution is legal.”

    I thought the problem was that the secret service brought the prostitutes back to their rooms which is suppose to be a secure area. I haven’t been following the story very closely.

  17. #17 |  Goober | 

    Screw-up in D.A.’s Office lets cop accused of lewd act go free


    Let’s see a show of hands of all the folks on this blog who think that this was an honest “mistake” by the DA’s office and not a blatant case of covering up for their enforcers in blue?

    I love how the second half of the story details how the other police are glad that the DA’s office is respecting his 6th amendment right to a speedy trial by dismissing the case because they “messed up” and didn’t file in time. If this was anyone but a cop, they’d be bitching about how our broken legal system let this guy off on a “technicality”, but he’s a cop, so it is an example of how our legal system “works”.

    Is the guy still a cop? Wait, HE IS? Holy crap on a stick!

  18. #18 |  Phelps | 

    FWIW, Jim’s hat is easily the most reliable source at the Dallas Observer.

  19. #19 |  appletony | 

    The Chen Guangcheng situation is a sorry tale, but here’s an important piece of the story:
    “Even though he’d originally told friends and embassy officials that he wished to remain in China, now he wanted to leave.”

    OK, so he changed his mind! If you want the U.S. to take definitive action that will affect the foreign policy as against an authoritarian nation of a billion+ population, you can’t just dick people around. I feel bad for him, but I don’t think the U.S. is looking particularly bad in this context.

  20. #20 |  SJE | 

    Re: Chen Guacheng. I would not be too quick to rush to judgement. There are a lot of conflicting stories going on right now, and a lot of smoke. The Chinese central government has been caught supporting the position of its corrupt local authorities (the USA and Chen were trying to allow the central govt to save face). By taking this position, the central govt has lost a lot of credibility. There is probably a lot of internal conflicts over this too. As a result, the authorities are trying to pin it on the USA and force us to apologize. To the credit of the USA, we have not apologized.
    What else we can do is limited once he leaves the embassy.

  21. #21 |  Michael Chaney | 

    Right on #14 and #15. Saying that people are upset about them using prostitutes is like saying the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal was about a blow job. It’s very easy to trivialize the incident, but it’s also a very wrong characterization.

  22. #22 |  EH | 

    Uh, the Secret Service story is just a cover for Obama getting yelled at a couple of weeks ago at the Central American Summit where everybody told him to stop being a retard about the War on Drugs. Entirely. Now this China thing is more cover for the SS story. Keep the news cycle going, shake that Etch-A-Sketch.

  23. #23 |  SJE | 

    @20: From my understanding, the SS agents were whoring in their spare time, on their own dime. Bad judgement, but illegal? Clinton/Lewinsky was salacious, but the legal case hinged only on Clinton lying. By contrast, the ICE supervisors were absolutely ripping off the taxpayers in the most eggregious way. Buying a boat and living rent free with your mistress/employee is not like hiring a hooker or ordering the deluxe suite when you travel on business.

  24. #24 |  Goober | 

    Dude, they are hookers. YOu don’t need to impress them with your awesome secret knowledges or your sooper responsibilities to bed them. All you need is an agreed-upon sum of cash. These guys aren’t letting secrets slip out so that they can impress a working girl into sleeping with them.

    As for the blackmail thing, do we even know if the guy in question is married? Don’t you realize that this could be the case any time with an SS agent, even one not paying for hookers? You can blackmail anybody, anytime. If the guy is single, and blackmailer could sleep with him, then threaten to file rape charges. She could plant kiddie porn on his computer and blackmail him with that. She could do any number of a million different things. If the guy has kids, they could threaten his kids. On and on it goes, to the point to where this argument’s reductio is that no SS agent anywhere may ever do anything on his own time out of risk of blackmail. For chrissakes, folks, this scandal was nothing other than a cover up for Obama’s horrible performance at the summit. Period.

  25. #25 |  Bob | 

    The Washington City Paper profiles food freedom fighter and Agitator pal Baylen Linnekin.

    I agree completely with this guy. The only thing I would add is that transparency is the only regulation needed 99% of the time. (I agree with the “No finning sharks” because it’s just so wrong from a natural sense.. there’s your other 1%. No finning sharks, No poaching elephants for tusks, etc.)

    Whatever else goes as long as it’s fully communicated to the consumer.

    Would I eat Shark fin? Hell no! I wouldn’t even eat the natural fois gras that guy in Spain makes without stuffing the geese. But that’s a philosophical choice I make, one I have no right to impose on others.

  26. #26 |  Andrew S. | 

    On partisanship.

    A friend of mine, in connection with an article about the young man left to rot in prison by the DEA with no food and water, left this comment:

    With this and the shut down of Oaksterdamn U, I’m wondering if Obama isn’t playing a more nuanced game here. It seems like he knows if he gives the DEA enough rope they will hang themselves with it. He knows he can’t come out right now and support legalization but this will greatly increase the public pressure to do so.

    How does somebody have such a hyper-partisan worldview like this? I don’t get it.

  27. #27 |  Burgers Allday | 

    Philly cop alleged to have sexually assaulted a woman during a drug raid won’t be be prosecuted because the DA’s office failed to bring the charges in time.

    reminiscent of the Kathryn Johnston conspiracy case. That was a police conspiracy theory that turned out to be true.

  28. #28 |  Gordon | 

    Speaking of the non-accountability of police officers, the Westchester cop who helped a disabled veteran to death has been cleared.

    For the love of all that is decent, DO NOT call upon government for help!

  29. #29 |  croaker | 

    @27 No surprise there, this is New York. The badge is a patent of nobility, and what would get us proles life in prison is just another day on the job for them.

  30. #30 |  Pablo | 

    #28 Gordon–note that the monitoring company called for an ambulance, but “police arrived first.”

  31. #31 |  Leon Wolfeson | 

    @2 – I’d quite happily emigrate :P Your economy is doing much better than ours (and my speciality is in much greater demand in America than the UK).

  32. #32 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Welcome, Johnny Clamboat! Nicely done @#3.

    Chen Guangcheng

    The trend in the US is headed, at an increasing rate, to create domestic policies modeled after China that will mint (over and over again) American versions of Chen Guangcheng. Of course, all via the mighty rule of law.

    The state, while not creative, is loyal the cause.

  33. #33 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    No, the President’s security apparatus fucking prostitutes while bragging that they are the men who guard the POTUS is a *far* bigger story.

    Can anyone else tell some stories about the SS and advance teams?

    Here’s mine: Well known among the bar/restaurant crowd in the major cities I lived in that no one pulls more pussy than the SS Advance team. They are mostly under 35 and ex-military. They seem to be addicted to waitress and hostess nookie and their hotel parties are as X-rated as you can get. Strippers and escorts are common, but not always needed/wanted.

    People might want to think these guys are all business, but no one keeps that kind of grind going. They do absolutely anything they can get away with…which is a lot since they can flash badges/IDs and skate free. Grade A d-bags and horn dogs.

    If “sex is a way to compromise security”, then there has been little security for the past 30 years at least. These guys aren’t nice. They aren’t diligent. They are just your typical state agent.

    And I’m sure I’ll get a visit now.