Monthly Archives: November 2015

Jersey and Kentucky come together for Public Sex Arrest in Florida

Tammy Powers

Tammy Powers

Tammy Lynn Powers was arrested Saturday in Fort Myers, FL after allegedly having public sex in a residential neighborhood. Deputies responded to, and I’m not making this up, the intersection of Kentucky Road and New Jersey Boulevard regarding reports of a naked man walking around. When they arrived, they saw the man and Ms. Powers engaged in sex against the side of the man’s pickup truck… because there had to be a pickup truck involved in this story. And beer… they were visibly intoxicated.

The responding deputy questioned the man, who cooperated and was released. Powers, however, tried walking away, ignored the deputies orders, refused to provide her ID and cursed at the deputy. She was ultimately arrested for indecent exposure and resisting arrest.

Her reluctance to cooperate was due to an outstanding warrant for a violation of her Collier County probation.

Self-driving Car Pulled Over… Who Gets the Ticket?

The Google autonomous vehicle was recently pulled over driving in California. Not for bad driving so much… it was driving too slowly. Google has capped their vehicle at 25 MPH while they test it. No ticket was given; the officer was apparently concerned that something may be wrong, and reminded the Google operator (who was in the passenger seat) to be careful so as not to obstruct other traffic. The Google cars have done very well, most of the accidents they’ve been involved with were getting rear-ended by other vehicles not expecting such a cautious driver.

As to my headline question, “Who gets the ticket”… I don’t know the answer to that. California has drawn up a set of laws specifically to deal with driver-less cars, and the testing of them, so I suspect there is a provision to cite the operator, if it becomes necessary. In theory, having computers control the cars should all but eliminate many driving infractions, like speeding. I welcome our Google overlords, as long as I still get to drive for fun sometimes…

Twitter photo claimed credit by: https://twitter.com/zandr

Supreme Court Looks at Juror Discrimination

The Supreme Court

The Supreme Court

Yesterday the Supreme Court heard oral argument on a case involving juror discrimination. The argument is that the government deliberately discriminates jurors by race; generally striking black jurors from the trials of black defendants. The case before the court is exemplar of the pattern: Georgia v. Timothy Foster. At his murder trial, every black juror was dismissed by the prosecutors. There were 5 potential black jurors on the panel from which his jury was selected, and all were struck with peremptory challenges by the prosecutor. He was convicted and sentenced to death.

However, the Foster case is unique, because over the court of the case winding its way through the appellate system, the prosecutor’s notes were obtained and included in the record. The notes offer substantial evidence that race was the determining factor in striking those jurors, though race neutral reasons were provided to satisfy the minimal legal threshold.

The notes makes this the perfect case to challenge the current procedure, which only requires the prosecutor to state a legally sufficient race-neutral reason when requested by the opposing party, known as a Batson challenge. In practice, the vast majority of Batson challenges are initiated by defense attorneys, almost always after prosecutors strike minority jurors. It remains to be seen what the court will do with the case, but some watchers noted that several justices seemed unhappy with the apparently discriminatory result of the peremptory challenges in the Foster case. Whether the overturn the Batson case and the longstanding peremptory procedure remains to be seen.

If you’re curious, I’d recommend the long article on the subject that the Daily Beast ran a few weeks ago…

So, It’s Illegal to RESCUE a Gator

Baby Gator in Cape Coral

Baby Gator in Cape Coral

A couple of unnamed Cape residents saw a baby Alligator wandering in an intersection on Halloween night, and decided to rescue the little guy. It’s clearly a baby, as it is only a foot long, and still has its baby spots, which fade after a few years. The Samaritans scooped up the little guy, only to be stopped by CCPD before they could find a safe place to release it. It’s a crime to possess an Alligator in Florida! Fortunately, Officer Pinkham was sympathetic, and called in FWC to safely relocate the little guy, without charging the Samaritans. Yay, rescued gator!

If you see a Gator in distress, or being a threat or nuisance, it is incumbent to call FWC, at 866-FWC-GATOR (866-392-4286).

Alligator Warning Sign

Alligator Warning Sign

Drunk Woman Bitten by Tiger after Breaking into Zoo to Pet Tiger

Jacqueline Eade Mug Shot

Jacqueline Eade Mug Shot

Jaqueline Eide snuck into the Omaha, Nebraska zoo over the weekend to try to pet a tiger. Unfortunately for her, she was successful, and when she stuck her hand in the tiger cage it bit her hand. She was injured severely by the bite, and may lose some of her fingers. She was reported to have shown signs of intoxication from alcohol or drugs [duh!].

The random guy that CNN interviewed probably said it best, that to injure yourself, you “have to be willfully stupid.” Indeed.

But it looked like sooooo cool in “The Hangover”:

Former Delivery Driver Sexually Abused Pets on his Route

James Darland Mug Shot

James Darland Mug Shot

Arizona authorities arrested James Allen Darland last week for conspiracy to commit bestiality after he solicited undercover detectives posing as farmers to have sexual contact with their farm animals. Interrogation revealed that he was a former UPS delivery driver, and he admitted that during his days as a driver, he would have sex with the pets of the clients on his route. Authorities also seized his pet dog, as he admitted to having sex with it, as well.

It doesn’t say why officers initiated this undercover operation, but it certainly appears that their concerns were warranted. Eww.