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I’ve Got To Say — I’ve Got A Problem With What Happened To Larry Craig

Filed under: Crime,Current Events,Law,Political Correctness,Politics — WLS @ 6:32 pm

[Posted by WLS]

Question:  If a deaf gay guy used sign language to proposition another deaf gay guy in a gay nightclub, would it be a crime?

If not, then why is a toe tap and a hand gesture under the partition of a men’s room stall a crime? 

My question is purely one of legalities — not of politics.  I think he should and must resign simply due to his inability to control his impulses. 

But, he’s being driven from office upon the canard that he “pled guilty” — but I can’t find the elements of a crime in the taped interview. 

When did the solicitation of consensual sexual encounter — not for financial renumeration — become a crime? 

No sex act in public took place.  Maybe Craig would have only exchanged telephone numbers with a willing paramour for the purpose of making a later rendevous. 

Or maybe he wanted to have sex in the men’s room stall.

WE DON’T KNOW.  The “crime” to the extent its defined here is in the mind of the cop.  A guy touches the cop foot to foot and makes a hand gesture, and the cop slides him a card that says “Police” and he’s under arrest.


Disgraced Officials, Times Two

Filed under: Law,Politics — DRJ @ 3:05 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Sources in the AP and the GOP say Idaho Senator Larry Craig will resign Saturday.

Meanwhile, former DA Mike Nifong was held in criminal contempt for lying to the Court:

“Reading his decision from the bench minutes after the conclusion of two days of testimony, Smith said Nifong ‘willfully made false statements’ to the court in September when he insisted he had given defense attorneys all results from a critical DNA test.

In fact, Smith found, Nifong had provided the defense with a report on the DNA testing that he knew to be incomplete. The omitted data contained test results showing that DNA of multiple men, none of whom were lacrosse players, was on a woman who said she was attacked at a March 2006 party thrown by Duke’s lacrosse team.”

Judge Smith will immediately consider Nifong’s punishment which could be up to 30 days in jail and a $500.00 fine.

Senator John Warner calls it Quits

Filed under: General,Politics — DRJ @ 11:05 am

[Guest post by DRJ]

I’m not knowledgeable about Virginia politics but this seems like good news & bad news:

“Republican Sen. John Warner of Virginia, one of the most authoritative voices in Congress on the military and a key figure in the debate over Iraq, said Friday he will not seek a sixth term in 2008.”

There’s nothing worse than some old conservative with an opinion on everything who repeatedly undermines the leader of his own Party. (Except, of course, insofar as that applies to me – which it undoubtedly does on occasion.)

Any idea what this means for Virginia politics?

Tony Snow Resigns [Updated]

Filed under: General — DRJ @ 10:34 am

[Guest post by DRJ]

The exodus from the Bush Administration continues:

“US President George W. Bush announced Friday the departure of his main spokesman Tony Snow, and named assistant Dana Perino to the job. Snow, 52, a former radio journalist who joined the White House in May 2006 only to see his colon cancer return, will officially step down on September 14.”

It’s not unusual for staff to leave as Presidents enter lame-duck territory and this was expected after Snow announced earlier he would be leaving. However, Snow is an effective communicator and I’m sorry to see him go.

Update: Here’s a video link. He’s a classy guy and I wish him the best.

Is Fred Thompson the GOP’s Man of the Future?

Filed under: Politics — DRJ @ 7:50 am

[Guest post by DRJ]

“On September 6, 2007, Fred Thompson will be announcing his intention to run for President of the United States with a webcast available to millions at”

“I Can’t Believe this is Happening in Iowa”

Filed under: Court Decisions,General,Law — DRJ @ 5:30 am

[Guest post by DRJ]

Thursday, August 30, a county judge ruled same-sex couples can wed in Iowa:

“A county judge struck down Iowa’s decade-old gay marriage ban as unconstitutional Thursday and ordered local officials to process marriage licenses for six gay couples. Gay couples from anywhere in Iowa could apply for a marriage license from Polk County under Judge Robert Hanson’s ruling.

Less than two hours after word of the ruling was publicized, two Des Moines men applied for a license, the first time the county had accepted a same-sex application. The approval process takes three days.”

Reaction to the ruling was mixed:

“I started to cry because we so badly want to be able to be protected if something happens to one of us,” [29-year-old bride David Curtis] Rethmeier said.

“I can’t believe this is happening in Iowa,” [House Minority Leader Christopher Rants] said. “I guarantee you there will be a vote on this issue come January,” when the Legislature convenes.


Is this what Educators mean by Zero Tolerance?

Filed under: Humor — DRJ @ 8:32 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

I have no sense of humor when it comes to wrapping cars or houses but I like a good football prank:

“A high school student who tricked football fans from a crosstown rival into holding up signs that together spelled out, “We Suck,” was suspended for the prank, students said.

Kyle Garchar, a senior at Hilliard Davidson High School in suburban Columbus, said he spent about 20 hours over three days plotting the trick, which was captured on video and posted on the video-sharing Web site YouTube. He said he was inspired by a similar prank pulled by Yale students in 2004, when Harvard fans were duped into holding up cards with the same message.”

Davidson area high school administrators gave Garchar and two accomplices “three days of in-school suspension and banned [them] from extracurricular activities for a semester”:

“We weren’t expecting it to be such a severe punishment,” said Jen Trimmer, 17, one of the students involved. “We just thought it was all in good fun.”

Here’s a You Tube link if you want to see the prank for yourself.

Deport the Criminals First (Guest Blogger Edition, Vol. 3): The Murder of William Huang

Filed under: Crime,Deport the Criminals First,Immigration — DRJ @ 2:44 pm

[“Deport the Criminals First” is a recurring feature on this blog, highlighting crimes committed by illegal immigrants — with a special focus on repeat offenders. I argue that, instead of arresting illegal immigrants who work hard for a living, we should use our limited immigration enforcement resources to target illegal immigrants who commit crimes in this country.]

[Guest post by DRJ]

I had hoped there would be no further additions to the Deport the Criminals First series during Patterico’s brief hiatus from blogging, but then I read about the Leon Andrade trial that just concluded in Houston.


Texas Governor Commutes Kenneth Foster Death Sentence

Filed under: Crime,Law — DRJ @ 10:40 am

[Guest post by DRJ]

Texas Governor Rick Perry today commuted to a life sentence the death sentence of Kenneth Foster, whose pending execution was recently discussed by Beldar, Steve Verdon, and Radley Balko as noted in this Patterico post.


An Explosive Case in Tampa

Filed under: Crime,Terrorism — DRJ @ 12:13 am

[Guest post by DRJ]

Remember last month’s South Carolina incident in which 2 University of South Florida students were stopped for speeding 7 miles from the Goose Creek Naval Weapons Station (where enemy combatants have been held) and then jailed on explosives charges?


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