Equal justice?

In General Information on February 14, 2012 at 12:22 pm

According to news reports, the Washington County Attorney’s Office announced last Friday that it is dropping OWI charges against Keokuk County Sheriff, Jeffrey Earl Shipley.

According to Washington County Attorney, Larry Brock, his office “…deferred prosecution because Shipley was ‘still coping with the tragic events’ involving a fatal shooting of Keokuk County Deputy Eric Stein…” last April.

Say what?

Shipley refused to take a chemical test for blood alcohol content. He also refused to perform in the roadside gymnastics his fellow jackboots…errr, edict enforcers…call a “field sobriety test”.

News reports also state that Shipley “refused to go to the booking room” at the local lockup.

Ordinary citizens who refuse to “comply with officer instructions” can end up with boot prints on their foreheads as parting gifts from arresting officers and jail staff.

It seems “zero tolerance” for OWI does not apply to the Blue Brotherhood.

This was not Shipley’s first outing with Demon Rum and motorized transportation. He pleaded guilty in 2008 to operating a motorboat while intoxicated.

“Nothing to see here, folks. Move along!”

One of the complaints issued by American colonists against their lawful government (King George III) was that the king and his men (officers) exempted themselves from the king’s laws.


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