Archive for April, 2007

Officers Rewarded for Arrests — not Convictions

Thursday, April 19th, 2007

In today’s news:

Officers with Most DUI Arrests to be Honored 

Jackson, Miss.  April 19  –  Mississippi’s outstanding DUI officers of 2006 will be saluted at a reception in Jackson Friday…

Those recognized at the annual event are based on the number of arrests they make. Those making 50 to 100 DUI arrests get honorable mention. Some officers in the running for the honors have made as many as 400 DUI arrests.

So police officers can get awards and promotions by making a lot of DUI arrests.  Not a lot of DUI arrests that result in convictions.  Just arrests. 

Think about that…Then see my earlier posts:

     How to Be a Top Cop
     DUI SuperCops
     SuperCops Revisited
     SuperCops: The Smoking Gun

And why do local governments want to reward quantity over quality? 

     “How to Make a Million in the DUI Business
     “DUI: Government’s Cash Cow
     “What if the Cash Cow Goes Dry?


Mr. Webster on “A Fading Constitution”

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

I am delighted and encouraged by the flood of visitors and emails in response to the last post, “A Fading Constitution”.  In replying to some of them, something Daniel Webster once said a century and a half ago chewed away in the back of my mind.  I found it on the internet:

“I apprehend no danger to our country from a foreign foe… Our destruction,
should it come at all, will be from another quarter. From the inattention of
the people to the concerns of their government, from their carelessness and
negligence, I must confess that I do apprehend some danger.”

A prescient fellow, Mr. Webster.


A Fading Constitution?

Sunday, April 15th, 2007

I believe in the Constitution.  And I have railed long and hard about the damage being done to that great institution in the name of fraudulent schemes like  "homeland security" and the so-called "war on drunk driving".

Our Constitution is a marvelous document, the cornerstone of a great nation, and one which is admired and emulated around the world.  But it is only a document; it has no magic.  The Constitution gives the people no more than what is already within them.  When the Supreme Court approves warrentless stops and searches of citizens at DUI roadblocks and there is no outcry, the people are getting what they deserve; the document will not save them.

The banner above says that our Constitution is fading.  That is, of course,   inaccurate. The document is quite clear; it is the will and courage of the people that is fading.

The following is from a speech given by the renowned Judge Learned Hand of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York’s Central Park on May 21, 1944:

I often wonder whether we do not rest our hopes too much upon constitutions, upon laws and upon courts.  These are false hopes; believe me, these are false hopes.  Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women.  When it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it.  No constitution, no law, no court can even do much to help it.  While it lies there, it needs no constitution, no law, no court to save it.


Drink and Drive and…Get Raped

Friday, April 13th, 2007

In its escalating hysteria, MADD has commissioned and released new TV commercials.  I have not seen them yet, but a couple of readers have described one to me.  From one of those readers, posted today on the Comments section of “About DUI Blog“:

I’ve recently seen to my disgust a TV commercial sponsored by MADD showing the inside of a male prison. The way the prison is depicted is from the view of the prisoner (the convicted drunk driver). At the end of the commercial two rough looking inmates approach the convicted drunk driver and threaten to rape him using forms of physical intimidation. Then the commercial states at the end like all of their other commercials “drunk driving is a crime”.

Rather than give my reaction to this typical MADD activity, I’ll just continue with the reader’s comment:

I cannot believe that this form of disgusting tyranny is allowed to present itself in this manner to the public. MADD’s bold and arrogant attempt to shovel this kind of crap instilling fear into the public that they’ll be gang raped is completely unacceptable, and should result in the immediate removal of the commercial followed by a punishing lawsuit. Someone’s got to take these fanatical tyrants on in the name of decency, and constitutional freedom.

(Thanks to Grant.)


D.A.: Arrest Doctors if They Won’t Draw Blood

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

So, do you want to see where the War on Drunk Driving is taking us?

JoCo D.A. Gets Serious About Blood

Kansas City, April 11 – Johnson County D.A. Phill Kline wants local hospitals to draw blood for suspects in serious drunk-driving wrecks, even if they resist. Prosecutors will try to get search warrants over the phone, but even if they can’t, they want the hospital to get the blood sample, regardless. The blood could be crucial to getting DUI convictions, especially in the worst cases.

Any doctor or nurse who resists could be arrested for obstructing justice, the D.A. says. The hospitals say they want to cooperate, but also point out they have to obey patient privacy laws.

How far will it all go?

(Thanks to Brian Leininger.)