Police and prosecution roundup

by Walter Olson on February 22, 2013

  • Why you should discount many “minor offender faces eleventy-billion-year sentence” stories [Popehat] One day of smurfing made her a “career offender” [Sullivan]
  • “In Dog We Trust”: Scott Greenfield and Radley Balko dissent from unanimous SCOTUS verdict on police canines [Simple Justice, Huffington Post]
  • Arizona lawmaker would make it felony to impersonate someone on social media [Citizen Media Law]
  • “Can juries tame prosecutors gone wild?” [Leon Neyfakh, Boston Globe "Ideas"]
  • “Cop exposes D.C. speed camera racket” [Radley Balko] How Rockville, Md. squeezes drivers who stop in front of the white line or do rolling right turns [WTOP]
  • After scandal: “Pennsylvania Senate Passes Legislation to Eliminate Philadelphia Traffic Court” [Legal Intelligencer, earlier]
  • Bloomberg precursor? When Mayor LaGuardia got NYC to ban pinball [Sullivan]

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1 OBQuiet 02.22.13 at 2:02 pm

I liked this comment by one of the ticketed in the Rockville, MD article:

“I was floored. I am a safe and careful driver and as I approached this particular three-way intersection at West Gude Drive and Gaither Road on Aug. 7, I made the judgment that, since no traffic was coming from my left because the opposite intersection was turning left, this was a safe turn, ” says driver Maggie Lora in an email to WTOP.

The video clearly showed that the car barely slowed for the turn. Obviously, those aren’t traffic laws, more like guidelines. If you think it is safe, just do it! The lead car of the cross traffic she refers to could have jammed on its brakes to avoid someone and it would not have affected her unless she was not looking where she was going.

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