“Errors do not cease to be errors simply because they’re ratified into law.” – E.A. Bucchianeri
A Handrail Derails Canadian Supreme Court
Apparently, the legal workplace is *really* slow up north.
Incredibly, The Supreme Court of Canada agreed Thursday to hear the case of a Ms. Bela Kosoian, who was in a subway station in the Montreal suburb of Laval in 2009 when a police officer told her to respect instructions to, “hold the handrail.”
She replied that she did not consider it to be an obligation. She refused to hold the handrail, and tensions mounted after she also refused to identify herself. She was “taken by force” by the officer and another who had arrived as backup, according to court documents.
While it seems somewhat absurd to hear such a case in the highest court in the land it definitely does sound like the cops were being jerks. Allegedly the officers detained Kosoian for about 30 minutes before letting her go with two tickets — one for $100 for disobeying a pictogram and another for $320 for having obstructed the work of an inspector according to Canadian outlets.
Apparently voting machines aren’t the only mechanical public servant to be crapping out lately, though perhaps our beloved Broward’s buffoonery is of more consequence…
All the same, more than 20,000 breath tests performed by police in driving while intoxicated and other cases in New Jersey are now not admissible after it was discovered that the machines used to administer the tests were not properly calibrated, the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.
It’s decidedly good news for an alarming number of buzzed Jersey motorists. Just this October, prosecutors notified 20,667 people who were charged with drunk driving that their cases were being reviewed.
This all can be routed to a single officer dropping the ball on a massive scale; skipping a crucial step in the calibration of the breathalyzer devices. The state officer in question is currently under investigation.
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Icelandic Pizza Problems
Gudni Johannesson, the president of the global powerhouse, Iceland, has walked back his surprising controversial stated desire to ban pineapple pizza after years of being pressed on the matter by sick folks who enjoy that type of thing.
I’m not much for banning most things, but Gudni has good taste when it comes to his pizza toppings. I hope he changes his mind and doubles down amidst the heated global debate.