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  •  Occupy the courts (2+ / 0-)
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    cville townie, wsexson

    If everyone arrested goes to trial instead of pleading, it'll bog down the court system and totally backfire. Frivolous arrests leading to time-consuming court hearings with effectively be a denial-of-service attack.

    I sure hope that happens and that there's a lot of lawyers offering pro bono services, because the arrestees don't need any additional burdens.

    Are you shaking or biting the invisible hand?

    by puppethead on Mon Oct 31, 2011 at 01:53:37 PM PDT

    •  Another reporter was arrested in Nashville (9+ / 0-)

      on Friday night; the police kindly put his phone in his pocket for him.  They didn't turn the camera off, so the arrest was recorded for posterity:

      via Nashville Scene

      What you will hear, very clearly, is a trooper telling another officer to book Meador for resisting arrest. You will also hear, very clearly, audio evidence of Meador's contention: that he was simply doing his job as a reporter and tried to get off the plaza to comply with the law — but the troopers wouldn't let him off that easy.

      What you will not hear, in any form or fashion, is the slightest mention of public intoxication — the specious charge against Meador the THP has broadcast to the world. If that charge was made up later to discredit Meador — or even more appallingly, to divert attention from what a Metro Night Court judge last night told officers was a blatantly unconstitutional overstepping of government and police authority — nobody who cares about their First Amendment freedoms should sleep in Tennessee tonight.

      "Pleasing everyone is impossible; p*$$*#@ everyone off is easy"

      by marigold on Mon Oct 31, 2011 at 02:01:39 PM PDT

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      •  Federal judge in Tennessee (3+ / 0-)

        issues TRO:

        A federal judge granted a temporary restraining order today requiring the state to stop arresting Occupy Nashville protesters at Legislative Plaza.

        Local attorneys and the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee filed a lawsuit this morning against Gov. Bill Haslam and other state officials and requested a temporary restraining order to prevent any further arrests. U.S. District Judge Aleta A. Trauger granted the request. The state did not object to the restraining order and agreed to work out its differences with protesters.

        The Tennessean

        "Pleasing everyone is impossible; p*$$*#@ everyone off is easy"

        by marigold on Mon Oct 31, 2011 at 02:12:49 PM PDT

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    •  back in my younger days, whenever I knew I was (2+ / 0-)
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      cville townie, high uintas

      going to be arrested, I left all my ID at home and refused to give my name.  That left the cops with a dilemma---they could either kick me out on a John Doe citation and never see me in court, or they could expend enough time and energy to try and figure out who the hell I was.

      They're not stupid. They always kicked me out.

      With today's technology and virtually everyone being in a computer database somewhere, I doubt that would work now--it'd be a lot easier for them to ID me.  But it would still be a delay for them and it would still clog up their holding cell and then their court system . . .

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