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You know the classic joke, “What’s worse than being mistakenly locked in jail for three years?” And the very funny punchline goes, “When you find out you aren’t entitled to damages because the statute of limitations ran out while you were wrongfully imprisoned!” Please, laugh at this amusing joke for a time, but then calm yourself and absorb the sobering truth: this really happened to a guy, and it probably wasn’t all that funny to him.


Davino Watson is the guy’s name, and holy crap, poor freakin guy! His whole crushing story is over at NPR, but the bullets are:

    • American citizen from Jamaica
    • Sold cocaine
    • Did his time
    • Got out
    • Dubya’s ICE nabs him for some reason
    • Jail
    • Pleads that he’s an American citizen
    • Jail
    • No right to state-appointed attorney in immigration court
    • Jail
    • Jail
    • Jail
    • Jail
    • Three and a half years!
    • Gets out
    • Sues
    • Awarded modest sum for wrongful dicking by the man
    • Court says whoops, nope, zero dollars
    • ???

 

The full story at NPR lays out the “legal” particulars and is worth a read after you’ve done your homework. The basic fuckery consists of one judge ruling that the statute of limitations could be waived in this case because Davino Watson was goddamn falsely imprisoned when the statute of limitations ran out, couldn’t get a lawyer, and what the hell, man? Yes, give the poor freakin guy some dollars! But the appeals court said erm, actually, we can’t make an exception because this is an “entirely common state of affairs” and no shit, they really said that.

So any lawyers wanna Y/N on the question “Isn’t this basically saying screw your due process if the state’s mistake is related to immigration?” And a follow up, how fucked up is that either way! (Not a question.)

ICE, of course, is in the news lately for other egregious shit that is going to make a lot more of this kind of thing happen, except probably not to pale people so much, but the ones that are darker and talk different.

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Presidential contender Kamala Harris held her first official campaign event in South Carolina, a key state in the upcoming Democratic primaries. Friday night, she spoke to a crowd of roughly 1,000 at a town hall at Royal Missionary Baptist Church in North Charleston. She reaffirmed her support for sensible gun safety laws, including universal background checks and closing the "Charleston loophole." She fielded questions from voters about how she'd address mass incarceration. Actual issues were discussed, but then she went and spoiled it all by doing something stupid like eating in public.

Harris filled her tummy with Lowcountry goodness at Rodney Scott's BBQ. Later her press secretary, Ian Sams, tweeted a photo of the senator adding a hefty dollop of Texas Pete to her collard greens because she's civilized. Some chose to interpret this as "pandering." Because some are literally killing us with this.

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Last week, we started getting excerpts from fired acting FBI director Andrew McCabe's new book The Threat: How The FBI Protects America In The Age Of Terror And Trump, and we are both happy and horrified to report that his book tour continues! One of the tidbits we learned in the Washington Post review was that we have YET ANOTHER example of a time Donald Trump has shown us that he trusts Vladimir Putin more than he trusts his own intelligence community, and is probably compromised by the Russian president. Here's how the Post put it:

During an Oval Office briefing in July 2017, Trump refused to believe U.S. intelligence reports that North Korea had test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile — a test that Kim Jong Un had called a Fourth of July "gift" to "the arrogant Americans."

Trump dismissed the missile launch as a "hoax," McCabe writes. "He thought that North Korea did not have the capability to launch such missiles. He said he knew this because Vladimir Putin had told him so."

Guys, it is SO MUCH WORSE when McCabe tells the story on "60 Minutes," because his account captures the fucking babyshits temper tantrum nature of Trump's reaction to his intel people.

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