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Like you and me, only better

Laws are for little people:

A judge who was caught on video apparently dropping a handgun in a Chicago courthouse has been acquitted of carrying a concealed weapon in a prohibited area.

5 Responses to “Like you and me, only better”

  1. Lyle Says:

    There was a time when the concept, at least, of so-called “authorities” being held to a higher standard was mentioned on such occasions.

    So now who’s the “authority”? Is it the “official” who lives at the expense of the productive while receiving special privileges and dispensations, or is it the nobody who upholds the principles of liberty, truth and accountability?

    “Authority” then has at least two meanings then, doesn’t it? In one sense it means “those who must be obeyed else you get your ass kicked”, and in the other sense it means having aligned one’s self with truth and righteousness regardless of title or position.

    Those seem rather like opposites to me. One upholds physical force and intimidation, while the other upholds right from wrong.

  2. Will Says:

    Hmm, I thought it was fairly universal that judges had the ok to ccw due to their sensitive positions, including in the courtroom.

  3. nk Says:

    He had a concealed carry permit. Without looking it up, his offense was either a Class B misdemeanor or a petty offense (traffic ticket). He might as well have been carrying it on the subway — that’s also a prohibited area for CCW holders. The deputies did not arrest him or seize the gun at the time so the evidence was not what you’d call overwhelming, either.

  4. rd Says:

    The fix was in. The machine wanted this to go away.

    The Cook County Sheriff Deputies all said they didn’t see nothing, they didn’t hear nothing, they didn’t know nothing. None of them were going to risk their cushy spot in the courthouse, and get sent back to tending the jail, or pushing a car in Chicago. SCC had a story on this.

  5. Ron W Says:

    @Lyle, that “authority” which government officials and agents have is DELEGATED authority or should be. The greater always delegates to the lesser.

    “Decency, security, and liberty alike demand that Government officials shall be subjected to the same rules of conduct that are commands to the Citizen. In a Government of laws, existence of the Government will be imperiled if it fails to observe the law scrupulously. Our Government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or for ill, it teaches the whole people by its example. Crime is contagious. If the Government becomes a law-breaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself. It invites anarchy. To declare that, in the administration of the law, the end justifies the means would bring a terrible retribution. Against that pernicious doctrine, this Court should resolutely set its face.”

    –Louis D. Brandeis, SCOTUS Justice
    Dissenting, Olmstead v. United States, 277 U.S. 438 (1928).