Next Time, Shoot the Asshat

There is no such thing as winning a lawsuit.  At a minimum it costs you time and money even if you’re the prevailing party.  So when I saw this I though it another prime example of why you do not cower or negotiate.

A man who held a Kansas couple hostage in their home while fleeing from
authorities is suing them, claiming that they broke an oral contract
made when he promised them money in exchange for hiding him from police.
The couple has asked a judge to dismiss the suit.

Obviously the idiot has never heard of duress and it’s effects on the nullifying the terms of a contract.  What is most interesting though is the following:

Keeshan said the contract also would have been invalid because the
couple agreed to let Dimmick in the home only because they knew he had a
knife and suspected he might have a gun.

The armed individual intimidated the home owners into allowing his entrance and into hiding him.  When they escape he sues for breach of contract!?  Given the evidence provided by the Tuller Drill at that range lethal force is justified.  It is also another lesson in not opening the door for stangers, talk through side glass or a peep hole.  At minimum put a safety chain on the door.  It may seem paranoid but it is nothing more than safety and preparedness.

Even if someone really wants in your house the safety chain isn’t going to stop them.  It will buy you time though to create a safe engagement distance.

Some might expect this law suit to go nowhere, but there is no correlation between the law and justice.  So I don’t hold my breath.  Besides even if it’s thrown out, I doubt the defendants will ever actually recover their legal bills from the plaintiff.

*h/t to Unc on the Tuller Drill video

SSCC #196 – Olympic Peninsula Narcotics Enforcement Team

A Port Townsend attorney is taking on the
Olympic Peninsula Narcotics Enforcement Team, claiming its detectives
planted evidence, trespassed and used a convicted sex offender as a paid
informant to net his client on drug charges.

Now initially the story comes off as being a ploy to discredit an current investigation and protect a client.  Then as you read on though it becomes apparent the officers were corrupt and playing out of the any means necessary play book.

He said authorities weighed 3,768 grams during
the search, but when re-weighed six days later, the amount seized
totalled less than half that amount: 1,537 grams.

Interesting, half of the haul he’s being charged with disappeared, where to?  Couple that with the following and you really have to wonder what was happening out on the Washington peninsula.

Haas says that the case started in October 2008 when OPNET detectives began using an informant who they knew was a convicted sex offender and had a warrant for failing to register.

Haynes’ warrant was never acted upon, according to Haas.

Haynes was living with a couple and their nine-year-old daughter who were left unaware of his first-degree sexual abuse conviction from West Virginia, according to the motion.

Let’s see here, he failed to register as a sex offender, then when caught the police instead of correcting that, and prosecuting him for it they use him as an informant.  All the while leaving a family with a small child unaware of the predator in their midst.  This whole incident is one gigantic bag of fail that just keeps building on top of itself.

State Sponsored Criminal Count 196: Olympic Peninsula Narcotics Enforcement Team

Because leaving predators around easy prey is just SOP for cops.  I mean look at all those incidents in schoolsFraming evidence seems to be a recurring pattern too.