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(The Eagle Tribune)   Mayor defuses corruption investigation by marrying star witness against him   (eagletribune.com) divider line 20
    More: Amusing, Lorenza Ortega, William Lantigua, The Eagle-Tribune, Massachusetts law, Salem Superior Court, lawrence, city halls  
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2012-08-11 02:56:41 PM  
Only in Lawrence.

\the Mos Eisely of Massachusetts, it is
\\complete with its suburb, because you can't spell Methuen without Meth!
 
2012-08-11 03:25:27 PM  
i301.photobucket.com

... WAT?
 
2012-08-11 03:31:16 PM  
Wait, I thought spousal privilege only applied to communications while they were married?
 
2012-08-11 03:36:44 PM  
i.lv3.hbo.com
Approves
 
2012-08-11 03:47:42 PM  
Lanigua's only crime is being the first Hispanic mayor of a majority Hispanic city. Old entrenched power bases die hard.
 
2012-08-11 03:51:53 PM  
This was a good idea. After all, a husband and wife can't be charged with the same crime.

www.tvprogramm.sf.tv
 
2012-08-11 03:58:22 PM  

Satanic_Hamster: Wait, I thought spousal privilege only applied to communications while they were married?


It looks like there are two different aspects to the law: spousal disqualification and spousal privilege.

Spousal disqualification is applied to conversations while the couple is married: "In any proceeding, civil or criminal, a witness shall not testify as to private conversations with a spouse occurring during their marriage." So if the conversation occurred during the marriage, the spouse can't testify all, even if he/she wanted to.

Spousal privilege is concerned with the relationship: "A spouse shall not be compelled to testify in the trial of an indictment, complaint, or other criminal proceeding brought against the other spouse." So she CAN testify against him, if she wants, but she can't be forced to.
 
2012-08-11 03:59:41 PM  
Is that better than adopting her?
I'm so confused...
 
2012-08-11 04:51:28 PM  
That's not a hydroxyl ion, that's my wife!
 
2012-08-11 05:41:40 PM  
Wasn't this covered in a 5th Season episode of The Sopranos?
 
2012-08-11 07:05:46 PM  

Snort: Lanigua's only crime is being the first Hispanic mayor of a majority Hispanic city. Old entrenched power bases die hard.


Know how I know you're Hispanic?
 
2012-08-11 07:17:02 PM  

gimmegimme: This was a good idea. After all, a husband and wife can't be charged with the same crime.

[www.tvprogramm.sf.tv image 400x288]


Came for this. Leaving satisfied.
 
Skr
2012-08-11 07:35:08 PM  
So if he is married now... does that mean he is no longer tampering with the witness?
 
2012-08-11 08:55:23 PM  

Snort: Lanigua's only crime is being the first Hispanic mayor of a majority Hispanic city. Old entrenched power bases die hard.


BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

No really --- BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
 
2012-08-11 08:57:54 PM  
What's interesting is that his (ex-?) wife also worked for city hall as does his girlfriend.

For the LONGEST time he would only give his "home" address as City Hall.

There's no indication he's ever divorced his (ex-?) wife, nor was there any indication of where/when the new marriage took place. I suspect it was on his last trip to the DR.
 
2012-08-12 05:24:37 AM  
I'm all for laws that say someone can be compelled to testify against their spouse. But the law needs to have a provision requiring that a couple be married for a certain amount of time before that kicks in, a year for example. That would prevent abuses of the law such as people getting married just so one can't be compelled to testify against the other.
 
2012-08-12 05:25:52 AM  

Cloudchaser Sakonige the Red Wolf: I'm all for laws that say someone can't be compelled to testify against their spouse. But the law needs to have a provision requiring that a couple be married for a certain amount of time before that kicks in, a year for example. That would prevent abuses of the law such as people getting married just so one can't be compelled to testify against the other


FTFM
 
2012-08-12 06:59:16 AM  
Well this is much better than the Chewbacca defense.

/Why doesn't Firefox's spell checker recognize Chewy?
 
2012-08-13 10:23:22 AM  

ursomniac: Snort: Lanigua's only crime is being the first Hispanic mayor of a majority Hispanic city. Old entrenched power bases die hard.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

No really --- BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!


Sullivan never had this problem when he was selling favors.
 
2012-08-13 12:41:23 PM  

Snort: ursomniac: Snort: Lanigua's only crime is being the first Hispanic mayor of a majority Hispanic city. Old entrenched power bases die hard.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

No really --- BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Sullivan never had this problem when he was selling favors.


Neither did Buckley (who really is the root of lawrence's situation).
 
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