Thursday, August 23, 2012

'I Shot The Sheriff...' Well, No, I Didn't, But The Idea Has Occurred To Me

Nick R. Martin at TPM tells us a few particulars:
Frank Szabo wants the people of Hillsborough County, N.H., to know that if they elect him as sheriff this year, he will do whatever it takes to stop doctors from performing abortions — even if that means using deadly force.

In an interview on Wednesday with local television station WMUR, Szabo said he believed sheriffs were granted special powers under the Constitution. That means, he said, he would be empowered to arrest or even use deadly force against doctors for providing legal abortions for women.

“I would hope that it wouldn’t come to that, as with any situation where someone was in danger,” Szabo said. “But again, specifically talking about elective abortions and late term abortions, that is an act that needs to be stopped.”
Of course Szabo is totally fucking batshit nutso. There is no such authority under the Constitution for a sheriff to violate a Supreme Court ruling on his own say‑so. Doctors performing abortions in the vast majority of circumstances in which they are willing to do so are legally protected by Roe v. Wade, notwithstanding later cases that restrict abortion rights. That certainly limits Szabo's options under law for drastic action.

If Szabo arrests a doctor prior to an abortion, he will be presuming the doctor's future guilt of an alleged "crime" not specified as a crime in law. If he arrests a doctor during an abortion, he will probably be held legally responsible if the woman dies. And if he kills the doctor before, during or after the legal abortion, he'd better have a damned good reason, having nothing to do with the abortion, or else face murder charges himself.

Szabo is, of course, a Republican. This style of campaigning by GOP candidates is becoming more prevalent, which doesn't mean it isn't legally outside the pale. The law is clear. I'm sure he'd love to have a chance to kill an abortionist, but in no way can a law officer legally justify doing so. If this is what our candidates for law enforcement offer us... advance notice that they will violate rather than enforce the law... what else can we expect of them?


  1. Texas Judge Warns Obama Re-Election Could Lead to Civil War:

    “He’s going to try to hand over the sovereignty of the United States to the U.N., and what is going to happen when that happens?” Head asked. “I’m thinking the worst. Civil unrest, civil disobedience, civil war maybe. And we’re not just talking a few riots here and demonstrations, we’re talking Lexington, Concord, take up arms and get rid of the guy.”

    “Now what’s going to happen if we do that, if the public decides to do that? He’s going to send in U.N. troops. I don’t want ‘em in Lubbock County. OK. So I’m going to stand in front of their armored personnel carrier and say, ‘You’re not coming in here,’” the judge said. “And the sheriff, I’ve already asked him, I said, ‘You gonna back me?’ He said, ‘Yeah, I’ll back you.’ Well, I don’t want a bunch of rookies back there. I want trained, equipped, seasoned veteran officers to back me.”
    Video attached

  2. Sorry, I forgot to link this:

  3. Enfant... as George W. Bush was so fond of saying, "Bring it on."

    I am confident that Obama will not seek to deploy UN troops within US borders. And I doubt seriously that there will be a violent revolution in America over Obama's re-election; if that were a possibility, the nut-cases would have revolted when he was first elected. In any case, with all the weaponry at the disposal of DHS, no violent revolution could possibly succeed here... unless it were promoted from within DHS.

    But as global climate change reduces crop production, livable land, the right to use air-conditioning legally, etc., I think there may be an uprising sometime in the relatively near future. It will not succeed; it will merely be one more thing to make life utterly miserable.

    From the cartoon strip "The Wizard of Id":

    Sir Rodney: "Sire! Sire! the peasants are revolting!"

    The King:"You can say that again!"



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