Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Whoa, Whoa, Whoa, WAIT.

#1 blogdaughter sends this one in, and I can't figure out a reason not to be infuriated.

Justin Bieber friend arrested after police raid star's home; cocaine in 'plain view'
One person was arrested in Justin Bieber's home after Los Angeles law enforcement executed a felony search warrant early Tuesday morning, showing up to his Calabasas, Calif., mansion with 12 detectives in about eight patrol cars.

According to TMZ, Bieber’s longtime friend rapper Lil Za was arrested for narcotics possession.

Lt. David Thompson told reporters at a press conference that cocaine was in plain view when deputies entered the home.
Leave aside how you might feel about the singer and his choice in friends. Leave aside the drug charges. Think about the fact that a FELONY search warrant was issued OVER THE THROWING OF EGGS. A dozen police officers and eight squad cars were used to serve this warrant, which I may remind you was issued OVER THE THROWING OF EGGS. Imagine if Bieber had brandished a firearm at his neighbor. They'd have burned his house to the ground over that.

Since when does heaving a few eggs at a neighbor's house constitute a felony? Why on earth did they have to expend that kind of manpower over this? At the very best, issue a warrant for his arrest, send a registered letter, and then let him come down and sort it out. It's a non-violent property crime. There is quite simply no need for felony anything here.

Except maybe for being Justin Bieber, mind you...

That is all.


Dave H said...

According to the version of it I heard on the radio, the neighbor's home is a multi-million dollar mansion and the eggs did $20,000 in damage. There's probably a dollar figure above which "youthful exuberance" becomes "menace to society." At least if you're rich & powerful enough to live next door to the Biebs and have some pull with the LAPD.

Bubblehead Les. said...

To Paraphrase a Classic Movie: "Forget about it Jake, it's Chinatown."

Just stay away from the VolksRepublik of Kalifornia and you should not be Infected with their Mind Rot.

Tam said...

Everything else aside, "Felony" is determined by the dollar value of the damage, and not who or what caused that damage.

Old NFO said...

+1 on Tam, and $20K DEFINITELY is in the felony range...

Armed Texan said...

I'm curious as to what the warrant claims. I would like to know how you go from searching a house for ?? (eggs? weren't they already expended and left at the scene of the crime) to arresting people for cocaine possession.

Murphy's Law said...

Hey, if it gets him deported and barred from entry into the US, I'm willing to overlook everything else, just this once.

Murphy's Law said...

@ Armed: In theory, the warrant gave them the right to legally be in the house to look for and seize anything related to the alleged crime which would have been spelled out in the warrant. I'd assume that it would include eggs, egg cartons, and possibly even any video from security cameras or other sources but I've not seen the warrant. However, once in the house, they can look anywhere such items might reasonably be and if they happen to find other contraband, they can act on that as well.

Ted said...

...... So assuming that they found eggs as a result of the warrentee search. The would be proof of what.??? Intent to have breakfast???? ...... And the lack of eggs in an empty carton is proof of ..... They expended all thier ammo........ Or Eggs Benedict. ????

pediem said...

As a few others said, it was the $$$ of the damage that upped it to a felony. But in a few places that I read, the dividing line between misdemeanor and felony was $400.

Break one window, especially a picture window in a house out there, and you go straight to felony.

Heck, even in my house, break one window and you're in felony territory! New windows aren't cheap these days, especially if they're good ones.

Erin Palette said...

I read the attached article and it did not explain how eggs could cause $20K in damage.

Murphy's Law said...

@ Ted: Like I said--I haven't seen much less read the warrant. Whatever it was that they sought was compelling enough to get a California judge to sign off on it though.

Anonymous said...

If I recall correctly:

1. Justin is a Canadian citizen
2. Charged and convicted of a felony requires deportation under federal law and the patriot act.

So we charge him and deport him, no problem and that excludes gun ownership and would put him at odds with his bodyguards. Think.About.That. and please convict him.

Jim said...

This is eggzactly an example of the slippery yoke argument against an Asalted Egg Ban.

I mean, a limited capacity 6 egg carton can wreak as much damage as the high capacity one-dozen eggs, what with rapid reloads and such.

But, no one stands up for Egg Rights. They're just chicken, I guess.

Sunk New Dawn
Galveston, TX

Koos said...

Well, the dude that comes on our talk radio at oh-zero-early our time (and probably bed-time his side) to tell us about the crazy things the yankeez be doing mentioned damages more than $400 and that makes it a felony.

Pretty sure I heard the $400 straight.

So while the lack of inflation on the $200 suppressor stamp is good, the same lack of inflation on the felony line might not be.

Douglas2 said...

Supposedly it requires re-plastering the "venetian" plaster stucco of the outside walls, and refinishing of the varnish on outdoor woodwork.

Although to me that sounds more like BS from the neighboring homeowner or a warranty claim against his contractors who provided surfaces that can't handle normal cleaning -- normally there is nothing inherently uncleanable about egg on either surface if it is dealt with before it dries, and the homeowner was aware of the vandalism as it was happening.

BTW broken panes on even expensive coated double and triple glazing windows do not require replacement of the whole window. My local glazier has no difficulty getting sealed double-glazed panes of any practical size fabricated with all of the coatings so that they match perfectly.