Friday, May 05, 2006

I'm late for a vote!

While I'm not a fan of kicking someone when they at least appear to be down I'm going to make an exception (I make this exception easily when those down on their luck are libs).

Wouldn't be nice that while on your way to or from work you were exempt from arrest? Well The United States Constitution, Article 1, Section 6 looks to do exactly that:
The Senators and Representatives shall receive a compensation for their
services, to be ascertained by law, and paid out of the treasury of the United
States. They shall in all cases, except treason, felony and breach of the peace, be privileged from arrest during their attendance at the session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same;

I found this on Wizbangblog where he points to yet another blogger called Fausta who points out this get out of jail free card in the constitution.

In the case of a possible DUI having the cops arrest be delayed is tantamount to a free pass to drinking and driving. Do the police in and around D.C. and all the Senators and Representatives know and use A1, Section 6 in this way? Hmmmmm?

Ok, here is the kicking the downed man must be kidding. Patrick Kennedy must think we are all idiots. Later in the morning after he had his little crash he recounted in precise detail what happened earlier in the morning. Check the above two blogs who have more than the gory details. Then today he says he doesn't even remember what happened and that he has an abuse problem with pain killers (which the two things he said he was on are not).

Honestly I had never even heard of Patrick Kennedy until this happened....and wouldn't you know he has a history of issues like this.

Come on people! Could you imagine if a prominent Republican family had a scandal like this where OBVIOUS special treatment was given? Oh, say swap Jeb Bush for PK. The MSM and liberal blog would be beside themselves. I visited a few well know liberal blogs who either had nothing on this story or are treating it with kid gloves.

The Kennedy family has for 40 yrs been through so many scandals they would define a statistical anomaly were it not that they are all blood relatives.


Glock 26 said...

"....and in going to and returning from the same.."

I'm curious if that includes supposedly heading to the Capitol to "make a vote" even though it was 2:46AM and the last vote had been held SIX hours earlier!!!!

Tiny said...

ya, well then you're asking the trooper who works the graveyard shift to have the balls to challenge what seems like a powerful person to them...makes you wonder how many have gotten away with a DUI. A DUI is a serious matter and I'm sure is a huge deal for those who don't have a get out jail free card.

Schadenfreude said...

Hmmm, define "breach of the peace." If you're drunk and swerving three lanes wide on a two lane highway and even if you don't actually hit anyone, I'd say the peace was broken after the first near miss.

Plus you don't have to be under arrest to be asked to exhale in a breathalyzer, do you? A refusal is a refusal and even if the constitution says you can't arrest the congressman on his way to or from session, you can arrest him after he's returned to his residence and have the refusal to submit to a BAC test on the record fro mearlier.

Seems like there are a lot of holes in this and plenty of ways to interpret it such that the cops can still effectively do their job on ya if ya screw the pooch and break a law...any law. Maybe not immediately, but soon thereafter.