We think of our prosecuting agents as detached, objective harbingers of justice. However, at the end of the day these agents of the state are humans, or even worse: humans engaged in political competition.
Earlier today a combined task force of the Lake Charles Police Department, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, CAT, DEA, FBI and ICE led to dozens of arrests in the largest drug bust in Lake Charles history. According to KPLC:
Authorities are conducting what they have called the largest anti-drug operation in the history of Southwest Louisiana.
A New York judge recently ruled that a search warrant of the U.S. government can be used to seize data held overseas, outside of the borders or control of the United States. Article.
Scarier still, the judge in question believes in strong-arming service providers for information held around the world:
Detectives with Louisiana State Police arrested a Maringouin woman after she admitted she called the State Police Crime Lab posing as an official with the 18th Judicial District Court in an attempt to have her toxicology evidence in a drunken driving case destroyed.Jana L.
The mayor of Peoria, Illinois recently found himself in a public relations nightmare after he sent his local police to arrest persons responsible for a parody Twitter account.
Jim Ardis, mayor of Peoria, Illinois, ordered police to track down whoever was responsible for a parody Twitter account mocking him.
The Tennessee Supreme Court recently handed down a decision that, in a logical world, would decrease the impact of an officer’s field sobriety test performed during DWI investigation.
The question was recently asked of the Tennessee Supreme Court whether there was sufficient probable cause to arrest a citizen of DUI if they passed the field sobriety tests.
This is a partnership between Louisiana Bar Association, The Southwest Louisiana Bar Association, U Haul and Chick-fil-A to collect food for those who need it. I’m not working directly with this event this year, but have in the past. it’s a really good cause and helps local food banks.