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Wed Mar 21, 2012, 05:17 PM

Ala. House votes to make looting a felony crime

I like the "idea"....in theory.
But given it is Ala, I wonder how the reality will work out.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WTW) In reaction to thefts that occurred after April tornadoes killed at least 240 people in the state, House lawmakers Tuesday passed a bill to make the act of looting a crime in Alabama.

The bill passed the House 102-0 and now goes to the Senate for debate.

The sponsor, Republican Rep. John Merrill of Tuscaloosa, said the bill was inspired by last year's tornadoes that ripped across Alabama and caused massive destruction across the state from the Mississippi line to the Georgia line and from just north of Montgomery to the Tennessee line. One of the hardest hit areas was Merrill's hometown, Tuscaloosa, where 53 deaths have been attributed to a tornado that flattened some neighborhoods.

Merrill said some people were victimized twice, once when the storm hit and again when looters stole their belongings.

http://www.postcrescent.com/usatoday/article/38845663?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s

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Reply Ala. House votes to make looting a felony crime (Original post)
dixiegrrrrl Mar 2012 OP
Justice wanted Mar 2012 #1
Drale Mar 2012 #2
freshwest Mar 2012 #3
msongs Mar 2012 #4
Drale Mar 2012 #5
Justice wanted Mar 2012 #6
dixiegrrrrl Mar 2012 #7
Syrinx Mar 2012 #8
dixiegrrrrl Mar 2012 #9

Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Wed Mar 21, 2012, 05:18 PM

1. Corporate Prison system just got another win.

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Response to Justice wanted (Reply #1)

Wed Mar 21, 2012, 05:20 PM

2. So your for looting?

You want people to be able to steal your stuff just because there was a disaster or riots or some other crazy shit? I completely agree with this law. I bet if they made it illegal for banks to take your stuff, you'd be all for it. Its the same thing whether you want to believe it or not.

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Response to Drale (Reply #2)

Wed Mar 21, 2012, 05:31 PM

3. It'll be news when corporate looters go to jail. I have no problem with this. Just that the...

Bigger picture of how they let the big guys off the hook is being ignored. n/t

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Response to Drale (Reply #2)

Wed Mar 21, 2012, 05:37 PM

4. depends on whether u were actually looting or just another stat to pad the arrest totals nt

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Response to msongs (Reply #4)

Wed Mar 21, 2012, 05:40 PM

5. But thats a danger with every law. /nt

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Response to Drale (Reply #2)

Wed Mar 21, 2012, 05:49 PM

6. I'm saying making this a FELONY so that a person is in jail for 10 years is B.S. Banks can

LEGALLY LOOT YOU NOW

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Response to Justice wanted (Reply #6)

Wed Mar 21, 2012, 05:57 PM

7. Yeah..ironic, ain't it?

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 03:26 AM

8. I really thought looting was already illegal

 

I distinctly remember after last April's tornadoes three or four guys from Florida were arrested for looting, somewhere up around Birmingham. Maybe the actual charge was burglary or theft, or something like that. But they were looting, and were arrested for it. I don't know what has become of the case.

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Response to Syrinx (Reply #8)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 10:10 AM

9. illegal, but not a felony.

Now they want to make it a felony with stiffer sentences.

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