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6/15/2010

Every Cop’s Dream Arrest

Filed under: Crime,Morons — Jack Dunphy @ 9:25 pm



[Guest post by Jack Dunphy]

The L.A. Times reports on a defense attorney arrested for drug possession . . . at the downtown criminal courthouse. Priceless.

–Jack Dunphy

41 Responses to “Every Cop’s Dream Arrest”

  1. Being a defense attorney, he would have the inside track on scoring some good shit!

    Icy Texan (8b63a0)

  2. Come on people, he was prolly just doing research for a movie…

    Gazzer (d79016)

  3. I always put my research up my… my briefcase..

    It was all a misunderstanding. He was running a sting..

    SteveG (9fb25f)

  4. Probably taking his fee in product.

    Have Blue (854a6e)

  5. There is–sometimes–JUSTICE! That’s close to my dream of running down a badguy who snatched a woman’s purse. Came close once!

    ManlyDad (060305)

  6. You gotta think “what’s a narcotics dog doing in the courthouse?” Someone had to give a tip.

    Arizona Bob (e8af2b)

  7. A lawyer acting in an unethical and illegal manner?
    I’m shocked! Shocked!.

    Jack (e383ed)

  8. I helped send a Chicago police detective sergeant to federal prison for life. His detective partner got ten years. Never was happy about it. But they stole guns, with fake warrants, off my clients and they had to be stopped. http://www.chicagojustice.org/articles/miedzianowski-and-the-history-of-no-history

    nk (db4a41)

  9. In case you don’t want to read the whole thing:

    Miedzianowski: Man, Bill, I’ve thrown guys out third-floor windows, I fuckin’ beat ’em with hammers, I’ve run over them with cars. None of these fuckers got the balls to do that anymore. It’s ridiculous.

    Jarding: It’s ’cause they’d all get jammed.

    Miedzianowski: And why don’t I?

    Jarding: Don’t know, it’s the magical touch.

    Miedzianowski: ’Cause I’m papa.

    Jarding: Mmm.

    Miedzianowski: ’Cause I always remember one thing.

    Jarding: Hmm?

    Miedzianowski: What you put down on paper today will come to haunt you tomorrow. [laughs]

    Jarding: That part is true.

    Miedzianowski: So I always put down the right stuff.

    Jarding: Mmm hmm.

    Miedzianowski: The right story, the right, the truth. You know what I mean? The truth will always prevail.

    nk (db4a41)

  10. Yeah, Chicago is just teeming with low lifes.

    BTW, the author of that article isn’t a lawyer, but rather a student. Is that acceptable?

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  11. Is that the truth?

    nk (db4a41)

  12. Yeah, she’s a PHD candidate in criminology, or at least your link indicated as much.

    She sounds authoritative, to be honest, but you are going to be getting some humor directed at you for some time on that kind of thing.

    I will admit that Chicago has the best pizza and hot dogs, but I’m not a fan of the place. I’m glad your client’s abuses were discovered.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  13. We did it kind of sideways. In court, we challenged the warrant on its face. Never said anything about corruption. After the charges were dismissed, we contacted his supervisor for the guns that did not make it onto the inventory sheet. We found out, much later, that he shared them out to a drug-dealing street gang he had become the leader of.

    nk (db4a41)

  14. There are some crimes that I take glee when the perp goes to jail. Marijuana and amphetamine possession is not one of them. Being a lawyer, too.

    nk (db4a41)

  15. I think it’s just normal schadenfreude. Cats and dogs, cops and defense attorneys.

    It is foolish to take drugs into court. People do get searched and you’re surrounded by people who are perceptive about this kind of thing.

    Nothing like the thrill of taking down a dirty cop, which I’m sure some cops really are thrilled with too, but we’ve got to pace ourselves with the thrill seeking because of heart disease.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  16. No thrill. I was sorry for him. But he had to be stopped. He was a man. A risk-taker. The difference between heroes and criminals is very thin.

    nk (db4a41)

  17. Two police officers in my parents’ neighborhood committed suicide because they were facing twelve years in prison for shaking down
    Polish illegal immigrants for twenty dollars apiece. That was a godawful waste too.

    nk (db4a41)

  18. Amphetamine is the worst drug in wide use, just ahead of cocaine. I don’t feel sorry for the creep a bit.

    nk gives us a flurry of dirty cop stories sort of like a squid squirting ink.

    Mike K (82f374)

  19. You’ve a way with words, that’s a fact, Dr. Mike.

    nk (db4a41)

  20. BTW, what’s that Ritalin thing that doctors give to six-year old kids?

    nk (db4a41)

  21. I am not a lawyer or a doctor, so I will not answer that question.

    JD (a30317)

  22. Hell, JD, don’t you know everybody’s an expert, here? It comes with just clicking on the link.

    nk (db4a41)

  23. Dirty cops, dirty lawyers, not much difference.

    daleyrocks (1d0d98)

  24. I was told that my opinion is worthless because I am not a lawyer, nk, so I did not want to burden you with uninformed commentary.

    JD (4b684a)

  25. The difference between heroes and criminals is very thin.

    No. It’s not, actually.

    quasimodo (4af144)

  26. What is interesting about the defense attorney story isn’t that he possessed drugs but that he had to have been passing them off to inmates. And 18 grams of tar heroin is no small amount either. It is probably worth close to $2,000. Inside County Jail, it’s probably worth a lot more.

    My guess that this isn’t the first time and probably the last time he did it, the inmate got caught, leading authorities to figure out what to do.

    Arizona Bob (e8af2b)

  27. quasimodo – That struck me as a bit odd too.

    AZ Bob – Who is going to have $2000+ in county jail?

    JD (4b684a)

  28. Ritalin, presribed for HD/AD to kids and adults, is nothing compared to meth. Your body don’t care whether you got paper on the drugs you’re ingesting.

    daleyrocks (1d0d98)

  29. And this attorney hasn’t been disbarred yet?

    PCD (1d8b6d)

  30. nk wrote:

    There are some crimes that I take glee when the perp goes to jail. Marijuana and amphetamine possession is not one of them. Being a lawyer, too.

    Why?

    We all hate drug dealers, but drug dealers exist only because there is a demand for drugs. When you make the demand side penalty-free, then there is no risk in continuing to demand drugs . . . which both creates and enables pushers.

    We’ve tried to fight the so-called war on drugs from the supply side only, and you see how well that has worked. We need to attack the demand side, and attack it strongly and harshly.

    I’ve deleted my identity here because I’m going to tell you a story, only slightly changed. Now that all of our kids have left home, I asked my significant other if he saw any cute babies at the hospital he could bring home as a replacement. He said yeah, he had, a cute one month old boy, who’d just spent two weeks intubated. The doctors couldn’t figure out why, until the “mother” admitted that she’d been smoking coke-laced joints while she was pregnant. The physicians immediately did an MRI on the baby’s head, and yup, sure enough, an otherwise perfectly healthy kid, brain damaged for life because his sorry c*** of a “mother” did that s***.

    My significant other has seen a lot of child abuse cases, but he has told me that he has never seen a case of child abuse in which drugs and/or alcohol — usually and, not or — were not involved.

    If you wonder why some of us are so seriously anti-drug, consider that one reason.

    Someone you know (3e4784)

  31. The demand side solution is contained in “Red Heat”.
    It’s not pretty, but it works.

    AD - RtR/OS! (eef339)

  32. I have a close family member with a serious mental illness. Drug dealers exploited that to sell her product and lead her (and I mean actually lead her) to become a criminal.

    I honestly think selling drugs (not possession, and not possession of a large quantity, but actually selling a drug like meth or heroin) should be treated like firing a handgun at a person. And if they die, it would be murder. Drug dealers often cause some particularly cutting tragedies. Someone you know is correct.

    I wonder if this lawyer was terrible at practicing law, and giving drugs was his way of getting business. Did he simply charge a fake hourly rate? This lawyer is a disgrace to the profession. Can you imagine having such a serious meth problem that you are locked up, and your lawyer, instead of being your ally in your hour of fear and need, shakes a little baggie of drugs in your face?

    I’m sure the cops were happy to put him away. It’s not as egregious an abuse as a dirty cop, because lawyers are simply not trustworthy in comparison to cops (who sadly, are often not trustworthy in some places either).

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  33. Dustin wrote:

    I wonder if this lawyer was terrible at practicing law, and giving drugs was his way of getting business. Did he simply charge a fake hourly rate? This lawyer is a disgrace to the profession. Can you imagine having such a serious meth problem that you are locked up, and your lawyer, instead of being your ally in your hour of fear and need, shakes a little baggie of drugs in your face?

    Drugs make you stupid. There was a principal in Allentown who never did anything wrong as far as his job was concerned, but got busted selling meth out of his office at school, albeit after hours. Somehow, they caught him, well after school hours, trying to sell meth and sitting naked at his computer looking at porn.

    He’s going to have a fun time in jail!

    The Dana in Pennsylvania (3e4784)

  34. 25.I was told that my opinion is worthless because I am not a lawyer, nk, so I did not want to burden you with uninformed commentary.

    Comment by JD — 6/16/2010 @ 6:48 am

    Ok, then.

    nk (db4a41)

  35. Personally, I am not opposed to legalization of heroin and marijuana for adults. Cocaine cannot be legalized because it makes users hyperactive and paranoid; a bad combination. It also causes sudden cardiac death from arrhythmia.

    Amphetamines cause lots of permanent behavioral changes and make people hyperactive as much as cocaine. I’ve seen Meth users who were so hyped they barely touched the bed. They seemed to be hovering an inch or two above it. I don’t know that it would do much good to legalize some and not all.

    Mike K (82f374)

  36. All those drugs are legal, Dr. Mike, provided some doctor and some drug company says so. Even marijuana, and I’m not talking Oregon or California. Cannabinol has been packaged as an alternative to Zofran for a long time.

    BTW, what is Ritalin?

    nk (db4a41)

  37. “I was told that my opinion is worthless because I am not a lawyer, nk, so I did not want to burden you with uninformed commentary.”

    Uninformed commentary? That’s my job.

    Plus you get totally unbelievable nonsense about random subjects for free
    My gifts to the site will not be denied… such as they are…

    SteveG (9fb25f)

  38. #36, I would agree with legalization as long as it is free and we eliminate welfare. Hey, hungry? Have some dope!

    Arizona Bob (e8af2b)

  39. Somehow, they caught him, well after school hours, trying to sell meth and sitting naked at his computer looking at porn.

    He’s going to have a fun time in jail!

    Comment by The Dana in Pennsylvania — 6/16/2010 @ 12:24 pm

    Actually Bethlehem – poor SOBs in Allentown have enough problems without having to own this one 😉

    They busted him naked, watching gay porn and getting high during school hours. The superintendent who covered for this clown for years got forced out, and is now at Moravian College leading – I kid you not – the Principal Development program.

    Now, back to your regularly scheduled program…

    Matador (5f7b37)


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