Tag Archives: Crime, Justice, & Injustice

Yeah, that makes lots of sense

State Supreme Court upholds appointment of Bowman to Jeffco Commission but orders fall election – Breaking News from The Birmingham News – al.com

Jefferson County already had an election, but Bob Riley doesn’t like elections and appointed a guy instead. And now they want another election, which will then get challenged by at least Riley and possibly Bell if he loses it and then the US Supreme Court will vote to do whatever benefits the Republicans.

Boy, there’s a shocker

King criticizes death penalty ban in child rape- al.com

Even though, um, Alabama didn’t have a law making the death penalty applicable in such cases. It’s Troy, anything that results in fewer executions anywhere will outrage him. If China started saying they’d stop killing people for supporting greater freedoms, Troy would be outraged.

Seriously, that’s what they’re calling it

Birmingham police launch Operation Omnipresence, seek help from area truck drivers in watching and reporting crime- al.com

Other names considered were “Operation Panopticon” and “Operation Big Brother”.

Through the initiative, Birmingham police will train outside service workers, technicians and delivery people in spotting and reporting criminal activity or suspicious behavior, accidents, lost children or injured people.

So when the police come crashing through your door, they have probable cause — the Domino’s guy told them something funny was going on.

I hope this continues tomorrow!

UPDATE: Richard Scrushy in Birmingham courtroom to answer questions – Breaking News from The Birmingham News – al.com

I’ve been subpoenaed (don’t ask, it doesn’t really have anything to do with me) and will have to be in the same courthouse tomorrow. Just think, me and Scrushy, same building, both telling judges they don’t know anything about that. Only I’ll be telling the truth.

As usual, I don’t understand what’s going on here

Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford received interest in property without investing money, later used land for collateral- al.com

Apparently, BMLL has an “interest” in property at the I-459/Alabama 150 interchange in Hoover — pretty good property to have. He somehow got this interest without investing any money, and then used this as collateral for a loan from a lobbyist. I don’t know that this is illegal, but again, I don’t understand the whole situation at all. It sounds shady, and of course we’ve already had a criminalization of ordinary politics in the Siegelman situation, so who knows anymore?

Living in a van down by the river will do that

Motivational speaker accused of violent bender – CNN.com

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Oh, why not?

Scrushy lawyer Jim Parkman defends black Democrats, says he’d do same for Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford- al.com

Two points in question…

1. Is the Bush Administration targeting black officials (who are almost all Democrats)? Yes. That’s what the Bush Administration does, along with screwing up foreign policy and the economy, continuing unwinnable wars, and general malfeasance.
2. Are many of these officials actually guilty? Yes. They’re politicians! Most politicians are guilty of something.

Kwame Kilpatrick, one of Parkman’s clients, is from all I can tell incredibly guilty. I don’t know if BMLL is guilty, because I can’t make heads or tails of the case, but I think a lot of people would like to see him convicted just on general principles.

Oh, this is a good one

Mayor proposes more laptops for high schools – Breaking News from The Birmingham News – al.com

He’s not talking about handing the laptops out. He’s talking about “portable labs” attached to the high schools. Which will have computers that happen to be extremely, well, portable. So, how long will this initiative last? Head on down to the pawn shop for further details.

Here we go again

Police seek man who walked out of Bryce | TuscaloosaNews.com

Well, at least they told us this time.

He is described as 5’7,” 122 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a burgundy shirt and camouflage shorts. Police say he was at Bryce on a Jefferson County court order and should be considered a danger to the community.

So basically, crazy people who have been locked up by the courts can just stroll off from the mental institution and nobody there stops them. This is at least the third time it’s happened in the last five years, once with an actual convicted murderer. Did I mention that Bryce is right next to the University campus?

Seriously, he did

Riley asks churches to aid newly released inmates- al.com

Leaders from churches and charitable groups were asked to provide a wide range of services to former inmates, including employment assistance, housing, clothing, health care and cash.

I mean, the state won’t do it, and we aren’t going to get employers to hire these guys, so let’s have the religious people do it instead. They love that Christian charity crap.