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November 06, 2008

Coffee Snorters: Guy Noir Edition

North Philly, May 4, 2001. Officer Sean Devlin, Narcotics Strike Force, was working the morning shift. Undercover surveillance. The neighborhood? Tough as a three dollar steak. Devlin knew. Five years on the beat, nine months with the Strike Force. He’d made fifteen, twenty drug busts in the neighborhood.

Devlin spotted him: a lone man on the corner. Another approached. Quick exchange of words. Cash handed over; small objects handed back. Each man then quickly on his own way. Devlin knew the guy wasn’t buying bus tokens. He radioed a description and Officer Stein picked up the buyer. Sure enough: three bags of crack in the guy’s pocket. Head downtown and book him. Just another day at the office.

- The petition for a writ of certiorari is denied.

CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS, with whom JUSTICE KENNEDY joins, dissenting from denial of certiorari.

Who knew it was so much fun to be a Supreme Court Justice?

Posted by Cassandra at November 6, 2008 07:17 AM

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“[j]udges are not required to exhibit a naiveté from which ordinary citizens are free”

Nor are they required to exhibit the ability to parody Dashiell Hammett.

But it sure helps...

Posted by: BillT at November 6, 2008 10:46 AM


If the officer is the same Sean Devlin I know, it explains why the druggie didn't try to flee...

Posted by: BillT at November 6, 2008 10:48 AM

I did a post during his confirmation hearings on his wit and wisdom. He's a bit of a card. During the Reagan administration his memos were fairly amusing if I recall correctly.

Posted by: Stay-puffed Marshmallow Man at November 6, 2008 10:59 AM

Probable cause? In public?

Isn't that in the criminal code?

Book 'em Dan-O. Or, on second thought, this isn't the evidence that we thought it was.

Sheesh, let's just legalize the stuff and get it over with.

Posted by: Don Brouhaha at November 6, 2008 01:13 PM

When lawyers petition for a writ of certiorari based on an imaginary interpretation of the law, it's a sign that there are far too many undecorated lampposts in the nation.

Posted by: BillT at November 6, 2008 01:28 PM

Wow... a little bit of common sense displayed by the Supreme Court! The State's Attorneys that I had to deal with probably wouldn't have taken that case to trial, out of fear that they might lose a case in suppression... ggrrrrrrrr.....

Entertaining reading too, considering most of the opinions that come down from on high.

Posted by: Scott at November 6, 2008 05:34 PM

Bill, you do know that decorating lamp posts with people's decapitated heads is a really bad health risk, right?

Posted by: Ymarsakar at November 6, 2008 07:35 PM

If just the heads are there, the hangman needs remedial training...

Posted by: BillT at November 7, 2008 03:11 AM

Wonder if the justice has a part time hobby writing film noir-ish detective novels? He certainly has the form down perfectly LOL.

Posted by: Karla (threadbndr) at November 7, 2008 01:23 PM

If just the heads are there, the hangman needs remedial training...

I don't know. I don't believe you can blame him if the guy swinging was as heavy as Michael More. He can't stop physics, right Bill?

Posted by: Ymarsakar at November 8, 2008 03:09 PM