Supreme Court slaps seat-belt case

Supreme Court slaps seat-belt case

There are 108 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Aug 1, 2007, titled Supreme Court slaps seat-belt case. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

A police officer exceeded the boundaries of the state's seat belt law when he asked a man following a stop if he was carrying anything the lawman should know about, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled.

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Jackpot

United States

#3 Aug 1, 2007
The PO-leece will find someway to go around this ruling. Your friendly neighborhood officer always finds a way to take away your personal liberties and rights, especially from people who don't know any better. I am glad to see the courts stood up for Joe Citizen. When the PO-leece ask to search your car, NEVER allow them to, even if you have nothing to hide.
CaBr

Birmingham, AL

#4 Aug 1, 2007
What a sad civilization we live in. Blatant criminal activity goes unpunished and we avoid helping this person recover from drug addiction. This is all simply because of a technicality. Wow America, way to help better our youth and clean up or country.

Our legal system is severely screwed up.
CaBr

Birmingham, AL

#5 Aug 1, 2007
What a sad civilization we live in. Blatant criminal activity goes unpunished and we avoid helping this person recover from drug addiction. This is all simply because of a technicality. Wow America, way to help better our youth and clean up our country.

Our legal system is severely screwed up.
JDG

Marion, IN

#6 Aug 1, 2007
This was an appeals court case.. The title "Supreme Court slaps seat-belt case" seems a bit off.
eee

Indianapolis, IN

#7 Aug 1, 2007
Get rid of seatbelt and drunk driving check points, they are unconstitutional. AND I DON'T CARE WHAT THE COURTS SAY!!! They are still the most blatantly unconstitutional acts government in this country does.
Donald J Hagan

Chicago, IL

#8 Aug 1, 2007
Liberty will never be restored in the united States until the police power is curtailed, and the enforcers are brought to heel. This decision is one small-very small-step.
likewedontknow

United States

#10 Aug 1, 2007
Over reaching cops. Not glad a dude was carying around drugs, but cops just think they are above the bill of rights. Idiots.
Medea

Indianapolis, IN

#11 Aug 1, 2007
The guy didn't have to answer the question then, did he? He admitted to having illegal drugs. He could have just said "No."
retired

Noblesville, IN

#13 Aug 1, 2007
eee wrote:
Get rid of seatbelt and drunk driving check points, they are unconstitutional. AND I DON'T CARE WHAT THE COURTS SAY!!! They are still the most blatantly unconstitutional acts government in this country does.
I guess we should all go back to the "Wild West" mentality

“Back in Black”

Since: Feb 07

United States

#14 Aug 1, 2007
Here is a link to the entire 13 page decision: http://www.in.gov/judiciary/opinions/pdf/0731...
NO RESPECT

United States

#15 Aug 1, 2007
Screw the seatbelts.
Damm politicians dont care about you or me. All they wanted is the federal money if indiana would enforce a seatbelt law.
Its none of their damm business if I wear one or not.

Eliminate property taxes
Reduce government
Reduce or eliminate all other taxes
Repeal the seatbelt law.

Politician are lowlife, cheating , backstabbing,two face, lieing , thieving scumbags. Using cops as lackey's.
Greg A

Miamisburg, OH

#16 Aug 1, 2007
I guess you take the good with the bad. It's too bad a druggie gets off but the police have been using the seat belt law and other minor traffic violations to comment gross violations of civil liberties for a long time. Pat down search for a seat belt violation? What was the police officer thinking? Many of us who work late shifts see these situations far too often. Does freedom end at midnight?
fed up

Bloomington, IN

#17 Aug 1, 2007
I think that the Courts were right to overturn the conviction because the police take their autority to far. I know that cop know that what he was foing to that guy was wrong but he did it anyway. He needs to be repramanded for it. They need to crack down alot more on these cops with these illegal search.
No one

United States

#18 Aug 1, 2007
CaBr wrote:
What a sad civilization we live in. Blatant criminal activity goes unpunished and we avoid helping this person recover from drug addiction. This is all simply because of a technicality. Wow America, way to help better our youth and clean up or country.
Our legal system is severely screwed up.
Without arguing about illegal drug usage or the potential of providing assistance to one who uses illegal substances, the only thing screwed with this ever-occurring scenario, in my opinion, is the authoritie's continual illegal search and seizure actions. Guess you're one of those who didn't read "1984".
Tom Pain

Palo Alto, CA

#19 Aug 1, 2007
I agree with Sull Bhit and Likewedontknow...without this court ruling, the police could use "seatbelt" enforcement to harrass any citizen at any time.
BTW, that defendent will probably need a court issued restraining order to stop the police from following him around from now on.

Offbeat

“ Seal Of Democrat Party”

Since: Aug 07

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#20 Aug 1, 2007
CaBr wrote:
What a sad civilization we live in. Blatant criminal activity goes unpunished and we avoid helping this person recover from drug addiction. This is all simply because of a technicality. Wow America, way to help better our youth and clean up our country.
Our legal system is severely screwed up.
I think you are missing the point. In this country we have a thing called the constitution that applie to every one. I belive there is a little thing called an ammendment that protects people againt illegal search and seizure, but I guess you do not belive in the constitution do you.
Stumblebum

Indianapolis, IN

#22 Aug 1, 2007
CaBr wrote:
What a sad civilization we live in. Blatant criminal activity goes unpunished and we avoid helping this person recover from drug addiction. This is all simply because of a technicality. Wow America, way to help better our youth and clean up or country.
Our legal system is severely screwed up.
I think you have the countries confused. This isn't Nazi Germany. Well, not yet.
Wondering

Indianapolis, IN

#23 Aug 1, 2007
So now this Meth addict is running free on an error. I agree that the police need to be watched but we are letting a person who is a danger to the community run free. Would everyone had been on his side had he been a child molester? Pot is one thing, meth is a totally differrent story.

“It's Crazy Up in Here”

Since: Mar 07

Eagle Creek

#24 Aug 1, 2007
It seems every one here disagrees with you. I guess most people realize that police don't give a hoot about you wearing a seatbelt or not. Its about power, the power to F/with whoever and whenever they please. Believe me, its a real rarity the the courts ever side with the people anyway. We have so many laws against us (citizens) that its getting harder everyday to truly call america a free society. Its nutz like you, who support BUSH, the WAR, and so forth, that have us in the most f-ed up predicament in our history, next to slavery.
CaBr wrote:
What a sad civilization we live in. Blatant criminal activity goes unpunished and we avoid helping this person recover from drug addiction. This is all simply because of a technicality. Wow America, way to help better our youth and clean up or country.
Our legal system is severely screwed up.
Donald J Hagan

Chicago, IL

#25 Aug 1, 2007
CaBr wrote:
What a sad civilization we live in. Blatant criminal activity goes unpunished and we avoid helping this person recover from drug addiction. This is all simply because of a technicality. Wow America, way to help better our youth and clean up our country.
Our legal system is severely screwed up.
The blatant criminal activity is on the part of the enforcers and the legislators who enact "laws" that violate every basic right of citizenship.
Just how does the writer know this individual is an addict, and who the hell appointed "we" to help him recover?
I agree out legal system is screwed up, but a dependence on the state is the main reason: that is the addiction we should be curing.

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