Skip to comments.Ortiz to motel owner: We’re not done yet
Posted on 01/27/2013 7:56:58 AM PST by LostInBayport
U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz said her office is weighing an appeal against a Tewksbury motel owner who criticized her for prosecutorial bullying last week after he won his battle in the feds three-year bid to seize his business, citing drug busts on the property.
This case was strictly a law-enforcement effort to crack down on what was seen as a pattern of using the motel to further the commission of drug crimes for nearly three decades, Ortiz said in a statement. We are weighing our options with respect to appeal.
Russ Caswell, owner of Motel Caswell, told the Herald he thought the case was bullying by the government and felt vindicated when a judge sided with him after his court victory last week.
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This Ortiz character is also the person who took over the prosecution of Aaron Swartz, the hacktivist guy who killed himself and set off the “Anonymous” hack of the DOJ yesterday.
Apparently, the state of Massachusetts was going to let the guy off with a stern warning. Before they could, Ms. Ortiz stepped in and decided to prosecute Swartz and “make an example” of him.
This fed sure seems like she’s let the power go to her head.
Sadly as a defense attorney I can say that the system only has the appearance of fairness. In reality the Feds can squash pretty much anyone at any time for any reason.
This country is under such a vast covering of laws and regulation that all the government has to do is pick out the target then it can decide which laws were “broken”.
This is true from the top of the federal government right down to the local level.
If you don’t believe me just go sit and watch an intersection in town for a few hours. See how many people actually come to a legally complete stop before going right on red or passing a stop sign.
The percentage of those that do will be well below 10%.
But watch which ones the COPS pull over.
It really comes down to the quality of the people responsible for enforcing the laws. If they are good and honorable then we don’t have to fear bad laws. If they are evil, then no law will protect you from their corruption.
The law is set up to make us all criminals if the government chooses.
‘Weighing their options’....statists can’t take a loss in fair (or unfair) fight.
I wish I hadn’t read that...the part about her considering a run for Governor makes me ill.
Unfortunately I agree with you.
They can get anyone they like any time they want.
They have unlimited resources and enough laws to find you in violation of at least one of them.
You can fight city hall, but your chances of winning are slim.If they don’t get you now thay can lay dormant fo a while and get you later.
In an incredible coincidence, it's owners of late model Toyotas, VWs, BMWs, Lexuses (Lexi?), etc. In another incredible coincidence, they all appear to have the ability and willingness to pay rather than muck up the courts contesting their tickets, due to commitments to jobs, family and volunteerism.
The jalopies and white vans containing the indigent or the Mexican or both are given a wide berth.
This same Federal Persecutrix gets mentioned here:
"Paging Dr. Ferris. Will Dr. Floyd Ferris please pick up the nearest white courtesy phone?"
I particularly enjoyed reading the part about her being a restaurant hostess until she was hired by the U. S. Justice Criminal Division.
You just can’t make up qualifications like that.
Yes, it is. From what I’ve read..what he did by posting documents was NOT illegal. More government overreach. And this particular one is way overboard.
AwP = A-hole(s) with Power
Thus begins the process of making an example of the little guy in order to terrorize the larger community, as the federal government walks the path to absolute power.
The Drug WAR isn’t a friendly thing? Who knew?
In the good old days, they would have just killed him.
To Los Angeles County officials, the fact that Don Scott got killed in his own house during a futile raid to seize a non-existent 4,000-plant marijuana farm is just one of the unfortunate facts of life in the narcotics enforcement business. It doesn't mean that sheriff's deputies did anything wrong.
"Sometimes people get warned and we don't find anything," Gary Spencer, the lead deputy on the raid and the one who shot Scott, told an L.A. Times reporter in 1997, "so I don't consider it botched. I wouldn't call it botched because that would say that it was a mistake to have gone there in the first place, and I don't believe that."
Ortiz isn’t a person. She’s symbolic of an attitude. It’s one that pervades liberalism.
We need to return to the term “Peace Officer”. Law Enforcement just takes all the brains out of the equation.
That’s why I love the Institute for Justice! They truly fight for the little guy against big government. They helped this motel owner, and they are helping people all over the country who are being squashed by overbearing bureaucrats and ridiculous regulations.