Friday, August 18, 2006
Pulling Teeth for Gold
First, Slate has great piece up on the background of "no knock" warrants as well as the "the most important Supreme Court case you've never heard about" Hudson v. Michigan.. (HT to TalkLeft)
Also, while Glenn Greenwald at Unclaimed Territory is locked up finishing his book, he has a guest post, by Pete Guthier and Hypathia, called "Using the Drug "War" to Expand Government Power." Hmmm. There was an ulterior motive?
Finally, and sickeningly, TalkLeft has post called "Justice Dept. and ATF Sink to New Low" about ATF agents attempting to seize the gold caps from two federally indicted defendant's teeth. An excerpt, from the Seattle Times story:
According to court documents and attorneys involved in the case, Flenard T. Neal Jr. and Donald Jamar Lewis -- who were both charged in U.S. District Court with several counts of drug and weapon violations in January -- on Tuesday were taken from the Federal Detention Center in SeaTac to the U.S. Marshal's Office in Tacoma. There they were told the government had a warrant to seize the grills from their mouths and that they were being taken to a dentist in Seattle for removal.
Both made hasty calls to their attorneys, but were loaded into a vehicle and on their way to Seattle when their attorneys were able to persude a judge to stop the seizure, according to Neal's federal public defender, Miriam Schwartz.
The next time someone asks, "How can you defend those people?" tell them what Richard Troberman, past president of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers told the Seattle Times:
"It sounds like Nazi Germany when they were removing the gold teeth from the bodies, but at least then they waited until they were dead."
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