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7.03.2009

Legal News You Can Use

A couple of folks under the post below asked whether, and I paraphrase, "The Man can jack with you by stopping your boat on Lake Bridgeport even if you are not doing anything wrong?" Shockingly and amazingly, our "free" country allows law enforcement to stop a boat without probable cause or reasonable suspicion that any crime has occurred. Translated: They can jack with you at their discretion. Game wardens with unfettered power. That's all we need.

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

A person can boat however they want on their own private lake. If you're boating on a body of water owned by someone else, you're not free to do whatever you want.

Anonymous said...

What is the Legislature full of.... Lawyers!
Who makes the Law....the Legislature!..= freekin Lawyers!!!

Anonymous said...

Game wardens have so much territory to cover they don't have time to "Jack Around". There is enough "probable cause" on most weekend days that they don't need to invent stuff. Barry, you missed the boat on this one.

Anonymous said...

Darn cops get off my stern!

Found this pretty cool PDF
http://www.fintalk.com/resources/navigation/boating-laws.pdf

It seems to be a guide to all state boating laws.

Anonymous said...

As I watched the officers stop boat after boat it was neat seeing all of the things he was making the operater do. Honk the horn, find all the lifejackets etc...

I sat there and wandered if my fire extinguisher was out of date.

But, I don't want morons drinking and boating while I have my family out fishing.....so....go get'em tiger.

Anonymous said...

I wonder how many lives are saved each summer on area lakes by marine safety officers doing boater safety checks. If your not doing anything wrong you have nothing to hide. A safety check only takes a few minutes.

Anonymous said...

Great...but, it's just big brother looking out for my safety, so I guess trampling the constitution is ok in this one instance. (No slippery slopes around here) Hopefully, the full-blown police state will not materialize during my lifetime (but it is coming faster than most expect).

Anonymous said...

Two old catcher's mitts.

Anonymous said...

Glad to have them out there "jacking with us". Might save a life. Got some real idiots who hit the lakes on weekends like this, Drinking, and boating.

If you have nothing to hide...

Anonymous said...

Has anyone seen the new Sheriff's Dept boat? Guess they need to get their ticket writing in this weekend too!!

Anonymous said...

Anyone who thinks that the majority of our legislature consists of attorneys, needs to revaluate that statement.

Anonymous said...

4:06, You couldn't be more wrong. The legislature USED to be made up mostly of lawyers. The trend over the past 20+ years has been to replace them with non-lawyers (mostly Republican). And those non-lawyers, having no concept of legal theory and philosophy, just constantly use legislation to "meddle" and micromanage society. It doesn't work, and we were better off with the lawyers, or at least the smart ones.

Anonymous said...

More government is coming with your precious Obama...get used to it.

Anonymous said...

I'm very happy to see law enforcement on the lakes. Don't drink and drive; don't boat and drive. Simple as that!

Anonymous said...

Im not doing anything wrong, yet they search me anyway. WelKome to AmeriKa.

Anonymous said...

4:47 must be pretty old if he thinks he will not live to see it.DAGO

Anonymous said...

I've been stopped a handful of times over the years on Bport but they have always been courteous and quick to get me on my way. What really bugs me are the ones that float a half mile away and watch you through binoculars for 30 minutes trying to catch you messing up.

mzchief said...

To anonymous 6:12...
You really should do a wee bit of research prior to shooting from the lip.

The Congress of the United States is comprised of the House of Representatives and the Senate. There are 435 Representatives and 100 Senators for a total of 535 members of Congress. According to research obtained at CongressMerge.com, after typing in the terms "law," "lawyer," "law degree" and "attorney," the 110th Congress includes 228 members who hold law degrees and 217 members whose former occupation was in law making for a total of 445 of the 535 being more than familiar with the law. With the exception of former state legislators, lawyers were the dominant professional group.

Anonymous said...

In 25 years plus of "superior study and performance in Wise County Law Enforcment Standards", I have a Barry question.......

WHAT If the deputy, game warden or other wanna be police boat full of officers "stumble" on an intoxicated operator. "Probable Cause Doctrine" has no application. U are standing in a swayin boat with waves and they want to administer "Standardized Field Sobriety" Can't legally be performed, U punch the nurses and doctors wanting to manually take your precious given product that keeps u living (blood). WHAT will be the defense??????????

I am headed to Wise County Park with my PBT so that I might be the first Wise County "Millionaire" from this lottery. Happy 4th and we might be calling.

Anonymous said...

to: 4:06 and mz - this was a state law, not a national law. your presumption that Obama was behind it - check to see the Republican supporters - and statistic re national legislative bodies are bogus.

Anonymous said...

If you aren't doing something WRONG, don't worry about the police!!!

Anonymous said...

540 tell that to all the wrongly convicted people sent to prison.

Anonymous said...

5:40, your advice sucks!

Double Fake Rodney King