Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Hey, kids.
Here's something for you guys to work on if you're bored.
http://www.aclutx.org/action_alert.html
Senate Bill 1195 would require police officers to notify drivers that they have a right to refuse to have their car searched, and it would additionally require officers to record a suspect's consent to search in writing or on videotape before searching a vehicle.
From a personal standpoint, I think this is a good law because it cuts down on all of the debate that occurs in court between officers and defendants about whether or not the defendant gave the officer consent to a vehicle search. Mostly, though, I just like this because it adds another layer of accountability for the cops. If the bill passes, cops won't be able to turn consent searches into swearing matches (which the cops typically win, in Texas, because law enforcement officers are generally seen as somehow more trustworthy than the populace at large).
Anyway, whether you've got anything to hide in your car or not, I think it's a good idea to hold the police to a high standard of care on these consent searches, because outside of your home, your car is probably the most private place that you possess, and it just bugs me to know how easy it is for the cops to intrude on your privacy just because of one of their "hunches" (which are always somehow less prophetic in real life than they are on T.V.).

No real lunch today, but I grabbed a sandwich at Bistroli's with Jennifer. It was nice. Hi Jennifer.

Had Crack practice last night. It was really fun, but it has made Steanso quite weary today. Who decided that Taco Cabana at 11:00 was a good idea? Uggggh.

7 comments:

Sigmund Bloom said...

i believe you decided that was a good idea steanso. look at the man in the mirror. he's asking you to make a change.

The League said...

Did I or did I NOT just say, "a man's car is his castle!" I supposrt this law. Further, before any wayward teenage girls look into my car, I want them to also get my consent on video.

Sigmund Bloom said...

now that i think about it, crackbass brought up taco bell, i brought up taco cabana, you mentioned that you can get booze there, and crackbass then decided that it wasnt just a good idea, but a great idea.

Steanso said...

I repeat: uggghhhh.

CrackBass said...

CrackBass deposited all of the TacoCabana into the toilet on Tuesday morning. Via the mouth. And some in the nose. Nothing like an early morning vomit to start your day. Or, more specifically, a small vomit through the nose and mouth, and then, when you blow your nose, and a rancid piece of cilantro comes out, more vomiting. Then that vomit smell you cant get out of your nose for a few hours, no matter how much you blow your nose or gargle with listerine. All you high school bulemics know what im talking about.

Steanso said...

I never really considered trying to erase someone's post until I read Crackbass's description of Taco Cabana vomitting.

CrackBass said...

Also, vicks vaporub in the nose doesnt make the smell go away either. It just makes it smell like barf and eucalyptus.