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Waverly DUI suspects free to go after $1000 donations to police
WWW.Cleveland.com ^ | 9/9/2007, 1:31 p.m. EDT | The Associated Press

Posted on 09/10/2007 10:03:07 AM PDT by VRing

WAVERLY, Ohio (AP) — Nearly 100 drunken-driving suspects in this southern Ohio town avoided convictions or jail time last year after making voluntary $1,000 donations to the police department, county records show.

More than a third of the drunken-driving cases filed by Waverly police in Pike County Court last year were dismissed, according to a report published Sunday in The Columbus Dispatch.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption
KEYWORDS: bribery; cultureofcorruption; donutwatch; drunkdriving; dui; dwi; extortion; govwatch; highwayrobbery; jbts; revenuetickets; shakedown; taxes
Sounds like it should be Waverly, Mexico.
1 posted on 09/10/2007 10:03:11 AM PDT by VRing
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To: VRing

A fine is simply an involuntary donation to the police department. They’re going to get your money either way, you might as well get a tax deduction out of it.


2 posted on 09/10/2007 10:09:12 AM PDT by T.Smith
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To: VRing

They put so many other words in quotes, why not the word “voluntary” here?

One form of justice for the rich, another for the poor, it would seem.


3 posted on 09/10/2007 10:09:47 AM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: VRing

This is not America ... it is some banana republic poorly disguised as America


4 posted on 09/10/2007 10:11:49 AM PDT by clamper1797 (Thompson - Hunter 2008 ... in any order)
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To: VRing

In Mexico, that would be called “bribery”.


5 posted on 09/10/2007 10:13:01 AM PDT by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (Want authentic 1st century Christianity? Visit a local, New Testament Independent Baptist church!)
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To: VRing

Hmmmm.............sounds fair............ :-)


6 posted on 09/10/2007 10:16:12 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker ( Hunter/Thompson/Thompson/Hunter in 08! "Read my lips....No new RINO's" !!)
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To: VRing

At least these cops aren’t trying to hide the fact that they really are just a bunch of over-empowered meter maid revenuers.

That’s about as nice as I can make it.


7 posted on 09/10/2007 10:22:09 AM PDT by American_Centurion (No, I don't trust the government to automatically do the right thing.)
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To: VRing
So where was the DA, or Prosecuting Attorney as they call them in Ohio? If the PA signed off on these deals, it is bad. If the police just filed lesser charges in Municipal Court, so as to deprive the County Court, and the PA, of jurisdiction, it is worse.

Unless he was OK with the deal, the local elected prosecutor who never got a chance to prosecute these DUI cases in County Court because the City PD was paid off and filed them in Municipal Court, ought to be investigating this practice.

8 posted on 09/10/2007 10:25:58 AM PDT by Pilsner
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To: American_Centurion

“At least these cops aren’t trying to hide the fact that they really are just a bunch of over-empowered meter maid revenuers.”

They’ve probably been corrupt for so long they see nothing wrong with it.


9 posted on 09/10/2007 10:26:28 AM PDT by VRing (Happiness is a perfect sling bruise.)
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus

“In Mexico, that would be called “bribery”.”

But not in Ohio, apparently.


10 posted on 09/10/2007 10:27:43 AM PDT by VRing (Happiness is a perfect sling bruise.)
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To: traviskicks

Ping


11 posted on 09/10/2007 10:28:55 AM PDT by VRing (Happiness is a perfect sling bruise.)
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus

What would it be called in Nottingham Forest?


12 posted on 09/10/2007 10:31:50 AM PDT by Dr.Deth
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To: VRing

The family of someone killed by a drunk driver in that town should keep this in mind!


13 posted on 09/10/2007 10:31:59 AM PDT by hophead ( "Enjoy Every Sandwich")
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To: VRing
Nearly 100 drunken-driving suspects in this southern Ohio town avoided convictions or jail time last year after making voluntary $1,000 donations to the police department, county records show.

Heads should roll.

14 posted on 09/10/2007 10:32:58 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: VRing

I can’t even remember the last time I drove a significant distance without passing at least a couple policemen taking donations while camped out behind billboards and under overpasses.

From the victim’s perspective, whether that donation goes to the officer making the stop, the police department, the county court, or their insurance company is a distinction without difference.


15 posted on 09/10/2007 10:38:00 AM PDT by CGTRWK
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To: CGTRWK
From the victim’s perspective, whether that donation goes to the officer making the stop, the police department, the county court, or their insurance company is a distinction without difference.

No, there is a big difference. This payoff system keeps the points off your license, and keeps you from having to pay many times that in higher insurance premiums.

16 posted on 09/10/2007 10:44:27 AM PDT by PAR35
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To: VRing

Isn’t Pike a blue county?


18 posted on 09/10/2007 11:04:10 AM PDT by HIDEK6
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To: HIDEK6
Nearly 100 drunken-driving suspects ...

Ya, and there are only 102 people in the whole county ....
19 posted on 09/10/2007 11:09:19 AM PDT by Scythian
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To: Scythian

Please tell me the other 2 are the cop and the judge.


20 posted on 09/10/2007 11:15:31 AM PDT by HIDEK6
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To: PAR35
No, there is a big difference. This payoff system keeps the points off your license, and keeps you from having to pay many times that in higher insurance premiums.

And at least that much in legal fees if you get a lawyer to beat the charges down. I would take it in a heartbeat. Not that I drive after drinking. I gave up that stupid habit years ago.

21 posted on 09/10/2007 11:29:23 AM PDT by doodad
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To: Scythian

Pike County has a population of about 30,000. The largest incorporated area is the township of Pee Pee, which surrounds Waverly. Pike voted for Strickland (D) over Blackwell 73-26, and Brown (D) over Dewine 60-40.


22 posted on 09/10/2007 11:36:37 AM PDT by CGTRWK
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To: HIDEK6
Isn't Pike a blue county?

Nope.

Pike County supported George W. Bush in the last election. According to unofficial vote totals for 2004, Bush received 6,385 votes and Kerry received 5,865 votes.

In the November 2000 race, the outcome in Pike County was quite close. Countywide, 5,333 people voted for Bush and 4,923 voted for Gore. Nader received 176 votes.

- epodunk.com

23 posted on 09/10/2007 11:39:14 AM PDT by Ken H
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To: HIDEK6
Isn’t Pike a blue county?

From: epodunk.com Political Info:
Presidential politics: Pike County supported George W. Bush in the last election. According to unofficial vote totals for 2004, Bush received 6,385 votes and Kerry received 5,865 votes.

In the November 2000 race, the outcome in Pike County was quite close. Countywide, 5,333 people voted for Bush and 4,923 voted for Gore. Nader received 176 votes.

In the November 2000 election, the outcome in Pike County was quite close. Countywide, 5,333 people voted for Bush and 4,923 voted for Gore. Nader received 176 votes.

24 posted on 09/10/2007 11:40:26 AM PDT by SubGeniusX ($29.95 Guarantees Your Salvation!!! Or TRIPLE Your Money Back!!!)
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To: Ken H

got me by a minute...

but i was makin mine pretty with the link


25 posted on 09/10/2007 11:43:17 AM PDT by SubGeniusX ($29.95 Guarantees Your Salvation!!! Or TRIPLE Your Money Back!!!)
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To: Ken H

Traffic fines are so abused as to be a medieval toll on bridges. All over this country traffic enforcement is abused to raise revenue by local governments. When I lived in Texas in the late 90’s is was recognized as a huge problem. Along I-10 in West Texas there were small 1 horse towns (less that 50 people total) that had mayors and judges with 6 figure salaries, all supported by fines. Texas made a stab at fixing the problem by enacting a law that all traffic fines go directly into a state fund, not the locality in which they were issue, to remove the conflict of interest.


26 posted on 09/10/2007 11:48:00 AM PDT by WMarshal (Traffic fines are so abused as to be a medieval toll on bridges)
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To: WMarshal

No kidding! I got pulled over there while driving a rental car. My crime? 56 MPH in a 55 zone!


27 posted on 09/10/2007 11:58:37 AM PDT by Inyo-Mono (If you don't want people to get your goat, don't tell them where it's tied.)
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To: SubGeniusX

I went for speed over quality!


28 posted on 09/10/2007 12:03:11 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: mvpel

Actulally even a realtively poor drunk would look at this as a godsend. When you add up attorneys’ fees, court costs, and the insurance impact of a singe DUI conviction, you’re probably looking at about a $10,000 hit, plus the record. Only $1,000 to get out of that horror is a wonder.


29 posted on 09/10/2007 12:56:54 PM PDT by libstripper
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To: VRing; Abram; akatel; albertp; AlexandriaDuke; Alexander Rubin; Allerious; Allosaurs_r_us; ...
"Nearly 100 drunken-driving suspects in this southern Ohio town avoided convictions or jail time last year after making voluntary $1,000 donations to the police department, county records show."




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30 posted on 09/10/2007 1:43:44 PM PDT by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/Ron_Paul_2008.htm)
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To: elkfersupper

Check this out.


31 posted on 09/10/2007 2:13:45 PM PDT by 383rr (Those who choose security over liberty deserve neither- GUN CONTROL=SLAVERY)
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To: 383rr

Thanks for the ping.


32 posted on 09/10/2007 7:32:56 PM PDT by elkfersupper
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To: 383rr
Check this out.

Kinda' tells you what it's all about, doesn't it?

33 posted on 09/10/2007 7:38:55 PM PDT by elkfersupper
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To: elkfersupper

Oh, yeah.


34 posted on 09/10/2007 8:23:23 PM PDT by 383rr (Those who choose security over liberty deserve neither- GUN CONTROL=SLAVERY)
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To: VRing
Nice. At least the powers that be are being open and honest about what they are there for.
35 posted on 09/11/2007 10:11:02 PM PDT by Clinging Bitterly (Oregon - a pro-militia and firearms state that looks just like Afghanistan .)
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To: CGTRWK

I had to do a search for that one... and no, you didn’t make that name up. Wow.


37 posted on 09/13/2007 11:08:20 AM PDT by Teacher317
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