Law enforcement gets a leg up on crime

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Washoe County District Attorney Richard Gammick revoked the Bill of Rights Friday, saying authority has been granted to him in the PATRIOT Act and the U.S. Constitution.

“Think of it like the president’s unitary executive powers,” said the new executive. “Well, I’m the top of the executive branch here in Washoe County. So what I say goes.”

Commandant Gammick said he had the revelation as he was reviewing the Supreme Court’s decision on Georgia v. Randolph, which said police don’t have the authority to enter and search homes just because one member of a household invites them in.

His first thought was that the ruling would affect domestic violence situations.

“What happens when one spouse is the victim of another spouse?” Gammick said. “Of course that person isn’t going to want police in there.”

Ignoring common law enforcement tools like probable cause or arrest of suspected spousal abusers to prevent destruction of evidence, Gammick said by the time police obtain warrants to search homes, evidence could be gone.

“It’s nothing but another giant step back in law enforcement,” he said. “I realized at that moment that the Supreme Court does not have the welfare of the citizens of this county at its heart.”

Flicking a speck of dust off his knee-high, human-skin boots, Gammick said he would interpret the law “in a manner consistent with the constitutional authority of the district attorney,” with the goal of “protecting the Truckee Meadows people from further criminal attacks.”

Las Vegas American Civil Liberties Union representative Sean Imbroglio said he didn’t see any problem with the District Attorney’s plan—so long as he didn’t try to restrict the rights of individuals to complain about the elimination of civil rights.

“Government officials have gone there before, and they know the ACLU will go on the defensive against any convenient threat to our liberties,” he said.

Alberto R. Gonzales, the nation’s 80th attorney general, was also on board with the plan writing, “Anything that could potentially prevent unorthodox behavior on the part of young people or liberals should be encouraged by authority and authoritarian government.

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