Wednesday, December 14, 2005

From a Civil Rights Lawyers blog:

Civil rights and criminal law, federalism, and Section 1983
« Overcriminalization Watch Main
December 14, 2005

A Crock of Feces
NormPattis

While we are on the topic of overcriminalization, consider this gem from my home state of Connecticut. Students in high schools in the state capital now face fines for cursing. The violation? Creating a public disturbance.

I dare not speak freely here about this new application of an old law for fear of some novel prosecution. The chief state's attorney, Christopher Morano, defends the prosecutions. He thinks they will keep the peace in troubled inner city schools.

As Reported In The New York Times

Apparently, scores of students have been issued citations calling for the payment of $103. To date, no one has apparently paid the fine. Prosecutors say they are willing to be flexible on the penalty, realizing that kids may not be able to pony up.

Question: A kid gets cited for cursing. He looks at the ticket and utters: "This is bullshit." Does he get another ticket?

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Actually this is old news.
Posted by: KipEsquire Dec 14, 2005 4:34:21 PM

Does this mean I am fired? Just noticed it today
Posted by: norm pattis Dec 14, 2005 4:57:29 PM

There is little job growth, people aren't locating to Connecticut, it is usually twice as expensive as compared to other states to do business in Connecticut.

Police in Connecticut are sent out to collect overdue library fines. What does that say?
I was on the top end of Rt 84 from Vernon to the Mass border in a 4 day period. I have been gone to Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas to help the hurricane victims. Since Sept. 15 I have not seen as many citizens pulled over the entire time I have been gone as compared to 4 days in Connecticut.


The state keeps growing, and guess what, they're out to rip off as many people as they can.
It is profitable in federal dollars to take kids away, break up families, put people in prison, make them take state programs, and to encourage vice and immorality.


The way courts run in Connecticut is an embarrassment to the entire US.

Remember the lawyer in West Hartford that allegedly assaulted a polic officer?

Why did it take the cop a week to realize he was assaulted? The answer is in the dirt and retaliation for that lawyer knowing too much and getting in the way.

If a lawyer actually defends his/her client against the network of corruption in Connecticut they risk their law license, financial security, family, and ultimately their freedom.

Try proposing Civilian Oversight of police to an elected official and see how many days it takes to get followed around by police, threatened, and in prison.

If Connecticut were a country, I would have spent the rest of my life in a Connecticut prison for getting mouthy about corruption and in proposing laws to elected officials making those spending our tax dollars, accountable to us and to laws.

Connecticut is about a few, rich and powerful ripping everyone off, and wrecking the lives of the little people that dare complain.

Posted by: Steven G. Erickson Dec 14, 2005 7:32:43 PM
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