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Roland99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 12:52 PM
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Roberts Upheld D.C. French-Fry Arrest
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050720/ap_on_go_su_co/robe...

As a member of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Roberts wrote a decision last year upholding the arrest of a 12-year-old girl who violated the ban on eating food on Washington's subway system, Metro.

But Roberts said that while the arrest was legal, he felt transit officers overreacted by handcuffing and jailing the girl.

"No one is very happy about the events that led to this litigation," he wrote. "Her shoelaces were removed, and she was transported in the windowless rear compartment of a police vehicle to a juvenile processing center, where she was booked, fingerprinted, and detained until released to her mother some three hours later all for eating a single french fry."

Still, Roberts agreed with a lower court ruling upholding the arrest




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Oreo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 12:57 PM
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1. This isn't something to waste your time with
He was a judge of a case to see whether the arrest was justified... not to see if it was done properly. I think it'd be a mistake to push this one. I think his wife's ties to an anti-choice group are more important.

"The question before us, however, is not whether these policies were a bad idea, but whether they violated the Fourth and Fifth Amendments to the Constitution. Like the District court, we conclude that they did not, and accordingly we affirm."

Two months after the arrest, and following a torrent of bad publicity, the transit agency revised its policy and said that children under 18 who committed minor offenses would instead be enrolled in a program run in cooperation with school authorities and other city officials.
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Dr Ron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 01:00 PM
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2. Agree
He was probably technically righ with regards to the law
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Goldmund Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 01:00 PM
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3. I agree
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Roland99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 01:00 PM
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4. That's not the point. How do you think the GOP goes on the attack?
They spread stuff they know isn't true or is based upon tenuous information but they make it become truth via their soundbite generation machines.
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imenja Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 01:01 PM
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6. not based on unanimous rulings
they at least do their homework on an issue. Good grief.
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tx_dem41 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 01:05 PM
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8. IMO, the story doesn't make him look bad.
He gives a reasoned, dispassioned opinion, AND he then states that he disagrees with the policy in the case of the 12yo. So, I think the story will backfire on anyone that uses it.
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goclark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 03:02 PM
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12. Democrats will be afraid to use the french fry ruling


but that is why we lost the election.

The Republicans would be all over this 24/7, calling him Nominee French Fry and all kinds of things.

We will not get dirty like they do , so we are left for God to have mercy on us.
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tx_dem41 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 03:22 PM
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13. No....the Democrats will be smart enough to find a case that will...
actually work FOR them....such as the First Gulf War veterans ruling.
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rinsd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 04:42 PM
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16. Yup....
...that pill is much harder to swallow.
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imenja Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 01:01 PM
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5. this was a unanimous ruling
and what they decided was that it was not a civil rights violation, not that the arrest was sound.

Didn't anyone read about the potential justices before he was announced? This case has been covered in a number of summaries about Bush's leading candidates.
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4_Legs_Good Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 01:04 PM
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7. Actually sounds like a pretty good ruling and comment to me
Did his comment help change the rules?

david
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Igel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 01:38 PM
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10. No; I think he even notes that the rules had already
been changed. I don't think the rule changes applied retroactively.
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GarySeven Donating Member (898 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 01:05 PM
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9. Where is such activity mentioned in the Constitution?
Apparently he is another one of them activist judges. Not a very good member of the Federalist Society, is he?
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Reverend Smoothfield Donating Member (74 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 01:42 PM
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11. Ted Kennedy's going to go nuts over this
he's been ardently pro-fry all his life.
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zara Donating Member (470 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 03:25 PM
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14. Now if Roberts had enjoined use of word "French" fries...
that might be good for a donnybrook. But all this means is that he's a hard ass.
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Cronus Protagonist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 03:36 PM
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15. So the girl couldn't eat a Freedom Fry?
That's... that's.... well, it's downright unpatriotic!

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