Sheriff Wants More Money

Sheriff Wants More Money

There are 7 comments on the www.jacksonville.com story from Aug 27, 2008, titled Sheriff Wants More Money. In it, www.jacksonville.com reports that:

Brantley County Sheriff Robert Thomas said he will need more money than the County Commission has budgeted for his department for the upcoming fiscal year.

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Stiring the pot

North Anson, ME

#1 Aug 29, 2008
he wants to loan willie some to pay his lawyers, for setting him free.
Carnack

United States

#2 Aug 29, 2008
people helping people.
Annonymous

Norridgewock, ME

#3 Sep 15, 2008
Carnack wrote:
people helping people.
Willie helping himself to the pockets of the taxpayers! Who do you think is going to fund his little venture? He hasn't spent anything out of his own pockets in so long, that his hands don't know where "HIS" pockets are! His overspending on needless equipment has finally come back to hammer him. But now, the ones suffering for it are his employees. He didn't need to buy those expensive boats with all the latest and greatest toys on board. We have two Coast Guard contingents in the area,not to mention the SUBASE. The military won't allow him to play anyway due to a little thing called POSSE COMMATATUS which involves Marshall Law and that has to be imposed by the Governor, not Bill Smith.The S.O. has Concurrent Jurisdiction on the Base, but he has to be called out there by them before he can do anything. It's all been a big waste of money.It was just a ruse to get himself a big shiney boat to shuttle his buds back and forth to Cumberland Island! How many waterbourne drug interdictions have you read about locally? I think his "Blue Lightning Team" has fizzled into the "Blue Spark".Of course these are just my opinions, I could be wrong!
Carnack

United States

#4 Sep 15, 2008
I see something that looks like a check for some commissioner spending. I see a screw is this picture too.
Morticia

North Anson, ME

#5 Sep 15, 2008
put the boats on Ebay...pay the deputies for God's sake.
Joe

United States

#6 Sep 15, 2008
Annonymous wrote:
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Willie helping himself to the pockets of the taxpayers! Who do you think is going to fund his little venture? He hasn't spent anything out of his own pockets in so long, that his hands don't know where "HIS" pockets are! His overspending on needless equipment has finally come back to hammer him. But now, the ones suffering for it are his employees. He didn't need to buy those expensive boats with all the latest and greatest toys on board. We have two Coast Guard contingents in the area,not to mention the SUBASE. The military won't allow him to play anyway due to a little thing called POSSE COMMATATUS which involves Marshall Law and that has to be imposed by the Governor, not Bill Smith.The S.O. has Concurrent Jurisdiction on the Base, but he has to be called out there by them before he can do anything. It's all been a big waste of money.It was just a ruse to get himself a big shiney boat to shuttle his buds back and forth to Cumberland Island! How many waterbourne drug interdictions have you read about locally? I think his "Blue Lightning Team" has fizzled into the "Blue Spark".Of course these are just my opinions, I could be wrong!
The following comes from Wikipedia: The Posse Comitatus Act is a United States federal law (18 U.S.C. 1385) passed on June 16, 1878 after the end of Reconstruction. The Act prohibits most members of the federal uniformed services (the Army, Air Force, and State National Guard forces when such are called into federal service) from exercising nominally state law enforcement police or peace officer powers that maintain "law and order" on non-federal property (states, their counties and municipal divisions) in the former Confederate states.

The statute generally prohibits federal military personnel and units of the United States National Guard under federal authority from acting in a law enforcement capacity within the United States, except where expressly authorized by the Constitution or Congress. The Coast Guard is exempt from the Posse Comitatus Act.

The Posse Comitatus Act and the Insurrection Act substantially limit the powers of the federal government to use the military for law enforcement.
Joe

United States

#7 Sep 15, 2008
Major Craig T. Trebilcock, U.S. Army Reserve, a JAG wrote the following:

To understand the extent to which the act has relevance today, it is important to understand to whom the act applies and under what circumstances. The statutory language of the act does not apply to all U.S. military forces.[2] While the act applies to the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marines, including their Reserve components, it does not apply to the Coast Guard or to the huge military manpower resources of the National Guard.[3] The National Guard, when it is operating in its state status pursuant to Title 32 of the U.S. Code, is not subject to the prohibitions on civilian law enforcement.(Federal military forces operate pursuant to Title 10 of the U.S. Code.) In fact, one of the express missions of the Guard is to preserve the laws of the state during times of emergency when regular law enforcement assets prove inadequate. It is only when federalized pursuant to an exercise of presidential authority that the Guard becomes subject to the limitations of the Posse Comitatus Act.

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