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(National Post)   Over $1.3M in public funds were spent on defending bad cop from guilty verdict. About $2 were spent on the courtroom portraits   (network.nationalpost.com ) divider line 41
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2008-02-27 03:11:54 AM  
Your tax dollars at work - defending murderous cops. Just another nail in the coffin that is the judicial system.

A system that lost any claim to actual justice a long time ago.
 
2008-02-27 03:21:21 AM  
Why don't cops just get normal public defenders like normal people?
 
2008-02-27 04:01:52 AM  
mbrother: Why don't cops just get normal public defenders like normal people?

This guy wasn't one of you "normal people" he had friends with the police and multiple million dollar homes apparently.
 
2008-02-27 04:02:36 AM  
Well at least they got a conviction of a cop for something. I say anytime a corrupt cop gets convicted, it's worth the tax payers money. Shame it was spent on the defense.

Now if they can just convict a few thousand or more I'd say it was a good start.

End the war on drugs BTW, it corrupts more cops then anything else.
 
2008-02-27 04:03:32 AM  
That's not a bad picture - Canadians actually look like that. It's why we're so funny.
 
2008-02-27 04:10:24 AM  
They spent $1.2 million, and the best defense he could come up with was that she fell (with a rope around her neck) and he buried her in a hidden place as part of a secret love plot? That's money well spent.
 
2008-02-27 04:18:04 AM  
pshhh, I call shenanigans, that courtroom sketch was pretty good.
 
2008-02-27 04:24:28 AM  
Last line of TFA: He may also be entitled to legal aid funding to defend the civil action filed against him by the province.

So...the province might have to pay to defend him against a lawsuit from...the province.

Wow.
 
2008-02-27 04:25:24 AM  
Aufdie: This guy wasn't one of you "normal people" he had friends with the police and multiple million dollar homes apparently.

Apparently, indeed. Seems unfair, doesn't it?
 
2008-02-27 04:29:53 AM  
mbrother: Why don't cops just get normal public defenders like normal people?

THIS!!!

why does ANYONE get special assistance?
I have NO trouble with PD
I have NO trouble with spending your own money

what the hell was tax payer dollars doing here??
yes, I know, PD is funded by the tax payers

but a couple of million ???
seriously ???

/oh wait, cops are BETTER than the rest of us
/sigh
 
2008-02-27 04:31:39 AM  
you know
another
much cheaper solution

cops no longer get trials
just send them right to jail

/still looking for those "good cops", you know, the ones which are made to look bad, by that ONE bad apple
 
2008-02-27 04:32:38 AM  
www.nationalpost.com
A Star-Studded Cast, Featuring(From left to right): Cillian Murphy, Charles Bronson, Catherine Zeta Jones, The Obnoxious guy from TV's Mad About You, and Traci Lords as The Judge.
 
2008-02-27 04:33:15 AM  
In before "all cops are criminals because they keep arresting me when I'm trying to commit crimes"!

Awww crap. Very Boobies? Damnitall.
 
2008-02-27 04:41:15 AM  
namatad: oh wait, cops are BETTER than the rest of us

Know why cops make such crap money considering the danger involved in their jobs? Because they're supposed to be ordinary citizens, and when "modern" policing as we (used to) know it came into existence, the pay scale was decided to be on par with the average joe. Theory being that paying them a larger salary would make them feel superior to your everyday person, which would lead to abuses and corruption and such.

Mind you, this was previous to more current times. Now the philosophy of police leadership seems to be something like "Here's a bunch of military hardware and almost unlimited authority. Please, as citizens, don't abuse it. Oh, but if you do, there's an entire system in place to almost completely assure that you'll see no real punishment for your abuses. But please don't."

We all know where that goes, of course.
 
2008-02-27 04:42:34 AM  
namatad: you know
another
much cheaper solution

cops no longer get trials
just send them right to jail

/still looking for those "good cops", you know, the ones which are made to look bad, by that ONE bad apple


Is it hard being as tough as you? Do you even KNOW anyone on a police force? Or do you just bash them like 3rd graders bash the math teacher at recess...you show about the amount of maturity.

The bad cops are the ones that make the news you retard.
 
2008-02-27 04:43:00 AM  
Looks like courtroom sketch artist had the hots for the judge.

CommandantVonThrash: Awww crap. Very Boobies? Damnitall

Very boobies indeed.

/I see what was done to you there
 
2008-02-27 04:48:26 AM  
CommandantVonThrash: In before "all cops are criminals because they keep arresting me when I'm trying to commit crimes"!

Awww crap. Very Boobies? Damnitall.


You fail reading comprehension in a most spectacular way. My comment ("the very *ahem* boobies") was not about corrupt cops so much as it was about wasteful government and an inequitable judicial system.

In fact, it never said anything about "all cops", any cop but this one being criminals, cops arresting me, or me committing crimes.

So, you might want to try again. Your snark is poor.
 
2008-02-27 04:52:12 AM  
mark0h: namatad: you know
another
much cheaper solution

cops no longer get trials
just send them right to jail

/still looking for those "good cops", you know, the ones which are made to look bad, by that ONE bad apple

Is it hard being as tough as you? Do you even KNOW anyone on a police force? Or do you just bash them like 3rd graders bash the math teacher at recess...you show about the amount of maturity.

The bad cops are the ones that make the news you retard.


Same cops that wouldn't look for my girlfriend's stolen car?

/note to farkers, if your boss steals your car while you are on the clock, and takes off with money from the safe and isn't on video doing these things, it is a civil matter and the police will NOT look for the car or him.
 
2008-02-27 04:56:55 AM  
outatime

Know why cops make such crap money considering the danger involved in their jobs? Because they're supposed to be ordinary citizens, and when "modern" policing as we (used to) know it came into existence, the pay scale was decided to be on par with the average joe. Theory being that paying them a larger salary would make them feel superior to your everyday person, which would lead to abuses and corruption and such.



According to TFA, the guy owned a bunch of property worth about 1 Mil. Wow, for someone who makes crap money like the average joe, he's been doing pretty well. Wonder how he managed that.
 
2008-02-27 04:59:30 AM  
home.pacbell.net

Uncanny
 
2008-02-27 05:00:52 AM  
I hope that farking pig gets ass raped in jail. Repeatedly. THAT would be worth 1.3M right there.
 
2008-02-27 05:12:39 AM  
We're outsourcing our court room artists from the United States. With the Canadian dollar so strong, it's like having white Mexicans.
 
2008-02-27 05:28:52 AM  
Actually cops make pretty good money, especially considering any other job they're qualified for involves asking if you want fries with that.
 
2008-02-27 05:39:25 AM  
outatime: namatad: oh wait, cops are BETTER than the rest of us

Know why cops make such crap money considering the danger involved in their jobs?



I dunno man. This is a Canadian case and he was a Canadian officer. Even a lowly constable first-class is still bringing in nearly $70K per year. Last I checked, that's not too bad for what boils down to a blue-collar worker with a monopoly on violence.

I base this on first-hand knowledge due to my extended family and this link right here. (new window)
 
2008-02-27 06:09:02 AM  
krupintupple: I dunno man. This is a Canadian case and he was a Canadian officer. Even a lowly constable first-class is still bringing in nearly $70K per year. Last I checked, that's not too bad for what boils down to a blue-collar worker with a monopoly on violence.

I base this on first-hand knowledge due to my extended family and this link right here. (new window)


I'm not sure about that... The people are white! It MUST be America!

I do, however, love the amount of perceptual bias here. "SUM COP DINT LUK FOR MAH GFS CARR SO ALL COPZ MUSHT BE CORRRRUPPPT!!!11" I'm certain that they weren't tied down by some bullshiat policy handed down from the police comissioner/mayor (who, by the way, you elect! With voting!) in an effort to limit liability in the event that something goes wrong in the line of duty.

Honestly, I think that every American should have to take two classes every year from middle school until high school: Statistical Analysis and Perceptual Bias. Just the same courses over and over until they get the concepts into their farking heads. The amount of retarded "RABBLE RABBLE RABBLE" I see in both my personal acquaintances and on the interbutts due to a lack of understanding of statistics or not seeing perceptual bias for what it is is very depressing. This would also reduce the ability of political farkwads to wave meaningless statistics in front of the public's faces and have it give any impact... and mang, I'm all for that.
 
2008-02-27 06:15:52 AM  
I think that's a great courtroom sketch. The artist definitely conveyed quite a bit of emotion in that tableau. It was goofy emotion, but emotion nonetheless. Reminds me of movie posters from the 60's and 70's.
 
2008-02-27 06:30:40 AM  
Cheeselover3000: krupintupple: I dunno man. This is a Canadian case and he was a Canadian officer. Even a lowly constable first-class is still bringing in nearly $70K per year. Last I checked, that's not too bad for what boils down to a blue-collar worker with a monopoly on violence.

I base this on first-hand knowledge due to my extended family and this link right here. (new window)

I'm not sure about that... The people are white! It MUST be America!

I do, however, love the amount of perceptual bias here. "SUM COP DINT LUK FOR MAH GFS CARR SO ALL COPZ MUSHT BE CORRRRUPPPT!!!11" I'm certain that they weren't tied down by some bullshiat policy handed down from the police comissioner/mayor (who, by the way, you elect! With voting!) in an effort to limit liability in the event that something goes wrong in the line of duty.

Honestly, I think that every American should have to take two classes every year from middle school until high school: Statistical Analysis and Perceptual Bias. Just the same courses over and over until they get the concepts into their farking heads. The amount of retarded "RABBLE RABBLE RABBLE" I see in both my personal acquaintances and on the interbutts due to a lack of understanding of statistics or not seeing perceptual bias for what it is is very depressing. This would also reduce the ability of political farkwads to wave meaningless statistics in front of the public's faces and have it give any impact... and mang, I'm all for that.


When the hell did I elect the mayor of the town down the road?
 
2008-02-27 06:58:15 AM  
Wow how guilty must he be when 1 million dollars doesn't get you a not guilty verdict?

Also for the guy above saying cops have a dangerous job, you are an idiot. They aren't even in the top 10 most dangerous professions, according to the government labor department statistics.
 
2008-02-27 07:14:18 AM  
RTFA
 
2008-02-27 07:28:38 AM  
krupintupple:
I dunno man. This is a Canadian case and he was a Canadian officer. Even a lowly constable first-class is still bringing in nearly $70K per year. Last I checked, that's not too bad for what boils down to a blue-collar worker with a monopoly on violence.

Whatever. You can barely hold down a $400k suburban McHome and a modest Ford Excursion on that kind of dough.

/trying to cure Alzheimer's
/makes half that
/the Buddha would say bitterness is a burden to be shed
 
2008-02-27 08:20:34 AM  
I've been following this case for a long time. It's hilarious stuff - Rick Wills is a lunatic. There's a much better summary of the trial (including an account of how he abused the Legal Aid system) here. The "WAHHH! TEH SYSTEM IS CORRUPT!!!" types might benefit from reading it (ahh, who am I kidding?).
 
2008-02-27 08:56:48 AM  
I came here to see this sketch Photoshopped.
Am sorely disappointed.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2008-02-27 09:14:25 AM  
One of the last acts of Governor Swift of Massachusetts was to sign a bill authorizing the state to pay up to $1 million if she was found to have intentionally violated somebody's civil rights. It happened that she was facing a lawsuit for violation of civil rights at the time -- she fired board members of a supposedly independent agency for not voting the way she wanted.
 
2008-02-27 09:33:16 AM  
img254.imageshack.us
 
2008-02-27 10:33:45 AM  
I assume that the sketch is, ahem, an "artist's interpretation" or the events.

However, if this guy actually was brandishing a compost bin over his head and looking like a lunatic during court precedings, all the better.
 
2008-02-27 10:42:27 AM  
This is how I would have drawn it ...

img228.imageshack.us

He IS Canadian afterall.

/Apologizes for only having MSPaint available at the moment
 
2008-02-27 11:29:11 AM  
MuToiD_MaN: This is how I would have drawn it ...

He needs flames shooting out of his ass.

/Shut your farking face uncle farker...
 
2008-02-27 12:05:43 PM  
img267.imageshack.us
BAILIFF?? Get this gorilla out of my courtroom!
 
2008-02-27 12:34:23 PM  
I wonder what's involved in becoming a court room artist. I think I could add a certain flair to the profession. And by flair I mean tentacles and catgirls.
 
2008-02-27 03:43:41 PM  
You don't like my drawing?

/Sheesh
//Everyone's an art critic
 
2008-02-28 07:06:59 AM  
gund: Wow how guilty must he be when 1 million dollars doesn't get you a not guilty verdict?

Also for the guy above saying cops have a dangerous job, you are an idiot. They aren't even in the top 10 most dangerous professions, according to the government labor department statistics.


Yes, pizza guy ranks far far ahead of cop in dangerous jobs. Not a joke.
 
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