Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Animal House meets Mayberry

AP says "the Montague County Jail was 'Animal House' meets Mayberry," though that may put too comfortable a spin on the situation when allegations include sexual assault against an informant.

See prior Grits coverage:


Anonymous said...

This story gives new meaning to the phrase "Doing Hard Time".

Anonymous said...

So what is it exactly that we should be outraged for? We allowed this sort of thing to occur.

You give the keys to an unlicensed driver and eventually they are gonna have a wreck. This is the same.

We allow the law enforcement arm of our little Texas Brown Shirts to run without much supervision in their own domains, but yet we are surprised that something like this happens?

What needs to happen is for the lege to grow a pair and pass laws equating mandatory prison for any fluctuation of the rules by those sworn to uphold and protect. Then they can see what it's like on the other side.

TxBluesMan said...

Anon 9:59,

They will do time, and deservedly so, but what you propose makes about as much sense as a law stating that since some drug dealers commit murder, we should have mandatory life sentences for drug offenses...

Anonymous said...

It still doesn't seem like he engaged in sexual assault. Reading what happened, he basically offered her an alternative way to pay a fine. So corruption yes, not sure it is sexual assault.

Gritsforbreakfast said...

"an alternative way to pay a fine"

Or, alternatively, he coerced her into performing oral sex using the authority of the state. However you want to phrase it.

TxBluesMan said...

I don't care how he phrased it, it is still sexual assault under color of law.

Anonymous said...

Well I'll believe you TXBluesman, I’m not an attorney. but I wonder if he could be very sympathetic before a jury.

Do you know of any convictions resulting from facts similar to this case?

Anonymous said...

"Anon 9:59,

They will do time, and deservedly so, but what you propose makes about as much sense as a law stating that since some drug dealers commit murder, we should have mandatory life sentences for drug offenses..."

No Bluesman, what I state is to mandate that those that are allowed into a position of trust and thus violate that trust be put in a place that they will never, ever be allowed to be trusted again.

My point stands, which is the law should be FAR harsher on those in trusted positions such as elected and LE officials. An average citizen is expected to live up to a certain level, elected and LE's are expected to be far better than that. If you want the job, you should have to play by harder expectations.

Anonymous said...

"an alternative way to pay a fine"
You gota love this. Look tyc has set the example. Since the state government officials are ok with a state agency abusing children in their custody, why shouldn’t a podunk county sherriff be treated any different. The towns people elected him, it’s their fault, let them do the time. Same with the lege, they are responsible for a state agency, tyc, whose culture it is to abuse children, let the lege do the time.
Oh wait our government officials have more important fish to fry, like religious sects that don’t fit into the wasp mold of religiosity.
GRITs says it best, Texas justice, you may beat the rap but you won’t beat the ride. I love this blog I need to be more financially supportive.


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Sharon said...

It cannot have effect in actual fact, that is exactly what I think.