Archive for May 27th, 2008

“We do not want a police state…in the name of DUI”

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

For those who have inquired about the quote in this blog's heading, the following is from a presiding justice's dissenting opinion in a Pennsylvania appellate decision affirming a DUI conviction:


I must vigorously dissent from the well-written opinion of the majority, as it seems we are coming perilously close to turning a blind eye to questionable conduct by our police officers. While I acknowledge that our police officers are charged with the awesome and sometimes onerous responsibility of protecting the public, I cannot sanction the whisperings of the majority that that protection comes at the deprivation of the constitutional rights of citizenship. We do not want a police state, and it seems we are on the precipice of becoming one, in the name of DUI. I suggest that the Court, and the police, can ill afford to sanction this type of conduct.  (Emphasis added.)


Fortunately, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court reversed the lower court ruling and, in so doing, agreed with the dissenting justice's comments. Comes the dawn?


(Thanks to Fred Slone and Troy McKinney.)

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