Foxborough man gets 5 years for 15th DUI conviction
WORCESTER, Mass. —A Foxborough man has been sentenced to five years in prison for what prosecutors say was his 15th drunken driving conviction.Let's see. Nope. The give-a-damn-o-meter is still registering zero. Your client got REALLY GODDAMNED LUCKY. FIFTEEN CONVICTIONS??? In Massachusetts, you are supposed to lose your license to drive a car FOREVER after your FIFTH conviction. Norman had a valid RI driver's license. And yet the empty-headed simpletons who want to push gun control on us claim that guns should be regulated like cars. WANNA RETHINK THAT, EINSTEIN? If we did treat guns like cars, then I could commit a crime, have my right to own a gun taken away, and then just move to a new state and have the slate wiped clean. That's what Mr. Norman did.
But a lawyer for 65-year-old Kenneth Norman said in court on Wednesday that his client has a heart condition and the five-year sentence is as good as a death sentence. He noted that Norman had never hurt anyone.
Throw this guy in jail. KEEP HIM THERE. It is QUITE obvious that nothing short of a jail cell or a bullet to the brain stem is going to keep this lush from getting drunk and pouring himself behind the wheel of a car. Something tells me that he has to be doing something fishy with his state of residence, too, if he has a Rhode Island driver's license but he's tooling around Massachusetts. Let's hit him with a few fraud convictions. Anything to keep him off the damn road. His attorney claims he's never hurt anyone - problem is, we have no way of knowing if this is in fact true - for every time he got caught, there were countless other times when he didn't.
Fifteen convictions. Still out on the street. Still driving with a valid license. Tell me again how just one more law will fix ANY DAMN THING.
Audit shows $2.4M in welfare benefits given to dead recipients
BOSTON —The state's welfare agency made millions of dollars in questionable payments to people who were dead or otherwise ineligible for benefits, and missed numerous opportunities to detect potential fraud, according to an audit made public Tuesday.RIGHT. And I'm going to grow wings and fly myself to the moon. Read the article. Over a thousand people - over a period of time up to and over two years - were receiving benefits after their death. These benefits were being claimed by someone - how much do you want to bet there are zero prosecutions. Even better, there's another cool million wasted in outright fraud, where folks had multiple SSNs and such. Again, I'll wager no prosecution. If they can't be bothered to run checks for fraud, they're certainly not going to be too gung-ho to prosecute folks for breaking those laws.
The acting head of the Department of Transitional Assistance said many of the issues raised in the report from state Auditor Suzanne Bump had already been addressed. In March, the agency unveiled a plan for ending abuse and assuring that benefits are legitimately going to those eligible to receive them.
It keeps coming back to one thing and one thing above all. The laws that are on the books - whether they be against driving while intoxicated or committing fraud - are not being enforced anywhere near to the fullest extent. Folks break the laws with impunity because the agency or agencies tasked with enforcing the laws are not adequately prosecuting them. In the case of the OUI, a cynical person would think that the state gets more money from repeat drunk drivers in fines, court costs, etc. than from locking them up. In the case of welfare fraud, it can only be raw laziness and/or incompetence.
But you know, we just need "one more law" "for the children" and all gun-related violence will cease forever, right?
That is all.