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Discrimination Is Over, Guys! We Did It!

Posted by Matt on Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Parsing out which of the Supreme Court’s decisions has been the most terrible over the last week is yeoman’s work.  While many Americans might not grab the pitchforks over the issue of class action arbitration, the Court continues to fluff the Chamber of Commerce with opinion after opinion.

Still, any tears that will be shed for the continued decimation of consumer and employee rights will be overwhelmed by those shed for the Voting Rights Act.

And it makes sense.

The 14th and 15th Amendments state that ‘Congress shall have the power to enforce’ voting rights and equal protection. In an effort to stem a century of voter discrimination, disenfranchisement and intimidation, Congress passed the Voting Rights Act in 1965 and has routinely reaffirmed it since.  It was most recently  reauthorized in 2006 by a combined 488-33 or 94 percent of Congress.  This includes a 98-0 margin in the Senate.  Even Mitch McConnell voted for it, though he might not remember.

Today, the Roberts Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act and essentially neutered Section 5.  Section 5 prohibits certain states and jurisdictions with histories of voting discrimination from enforcing changes to their election procedures until the changes have been reviewed by the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) or a federal court through a process called “preclearance.” Section 4 outlines who will be subject to the heightened standard.

I recommend reading Roberts’ opinion and Ginsburg’s ass-kicking dissent.  Roberts, a longtime opponent of the VRA,  uses circular logic and essentially determines, “Hey, there is no discrimination in these places anymore. huzzah! So even though these registration numbers may have improved as a result of the VRA, we deem the VRA is no longer needed. Also, there are black elected officials!” (Just like during Reconstruction before Rutherford B. Hayes’ controversial 1876 election resulted in the removal of federal troops, but I digress.)

Roberts concludes, “It’s on you, Congress, to determine a better formula because the South isn’t racist anymore.” (It is.)  ”And good luck with that because you’re functioning at such a high level.”

Ginsburg’s dissent? “You’re full of shit. This is a well-established power in the purview of Congress.  It says it right there!”

But does the Majority have a point?  Ya know, why these states? I mean, the inexcusably long lines that disenfranchised hundreds-of-thousands of voters in 2012 were most notably in Florida and Ohio, two states not subject to preclearance.

Why? (1) Maybe there’s a lesson there.  (2) Because of history. A dark and terrible history that shouldn’t be discounted.  Also, under Section 4, it’s possible for these jurisdictions to exempt themselves from “special coverage” if they can demonstrate a 10-year record of not discriminating against minority voters. But disenfranchisement is so much fun! Who can go 10 whole years?

Before the ink was even dry, Texas, Mississippi and North Carolina were moving ahead with restrictive new voting laws.  South Carolina’s Attorney General (and white guy) Alan Wilson lauded the Court:

“For nearly 50 years, Sections 4 and 5 have imposed an extraordinary intrusion into state sovereignty in certain states, including South Carolina,” Wilson said in a statement posted on the attorney general’s website. “Over time, great strides have been made and Sections 4 and 5 have become obsolete.

This is gonna end well.

I am neither a “Strict Constructionist” nor someone who whines about “Judicial Activism.” These are hollow labels anyway. At the appellate level, all judges are activists of varying shades. Each judge brings a specific background, worldview, and in some cases, interpretation to the bench. The  term “judicial activism” is a pejorative the Right likes to throw around when it doesn’t agree with a Court’s decision.

But next time Scalia or any of these other conservative jags drop a “judicial restraint” or “activism” reference, feel free to call them on overturning a 50-year-old law rooted in direct Constitutional text and reauthorized by more than a 10-1 margin by our Legislative Branch on multiple occasions.  It won’t take long. Could be tomorrow today.

Update:  It was today.

Scalia: “We have no power under the Constitution to invalidate this democratically adopted legislation.” [dissent in DOMA]


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Hopeless Romantic Tries To Propose To Lady, Decides To Go To Jail Instead

Posted by Matt on Saturday, June 8th, 2013

(h/t to twitter’s best account:  @_FloridaMan)

Edwards:  Still unfettered, ladies!

Edwards: Still unfettered, ladies!

Casselberry, FLA:  Thomas Edwards Jr., 22, is just a young man with a dream.  A dream of taking his clothes off and proposing to some lucky girl.

The 22-year-old had a run-in with several Casselberry police officers after a homeowner called 911 to say a man had knocked on his door and was stripping down on his back porch.

When officers arrived about 3:45 a.m., an arrest report said, Edwards was “completely naked.” They told him to put his boxers back on.

Edwards, who said his name was “Zim,” told officers his girlfriend invited him over so that he could propose to her.

She wanted him to strip down, he said.

Where did you keep the ring, Thomas? Maybe he didn’t have the rock because it looks like he exhibited immediate regret.

Edwards told police “he just wanted to go to jail” and asked if head-butting an officer would get him there.

“I told him not to try it,” one of the responding officers reported.

Edwards then told the officer he would spit in his face.

“I again told him not to try it,” the officer stated.

Obviously Thomas spit in the guy’s face and the engagement had to wait another day.

Another officer tased Edwards in the left hip and thigh. Edwards fell, scraping his knee and foot on the driveway. He rolled over and pulled the taser prongs out.

The Maitland man was arrested on charges of indecent exposure in public, battery on an officer and burglary.

This is a good lesson for the kids. Don’t rush into anything.


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Courageous Judge Has Serious Problem With Minorities, The Retarded

Posted by Matt on Friday, June 7th, 2013

Jonesin' For Some Executions!

Jonesin’ For Some Executions!

5th District Court Of Appeals Judge Edith Jones was reportedly on the Bush Administration’s Supreme Court Short List.  Looks like you lost out America.  The longtime Roe v. Wade opponent recently spoke about capital punishment to the University of Pennsylvania Law School and traversed a wide swath of subject areas. Now Jones is the subject of a judicial-misconduct complaint.

Here are the highlights.

That certain “racial groups like African-Americans and Hispanics are predisposed to crime,” are “’prone’ to commit acts of violence,” and get involved in more violent and “heinous” crimes than people of other ethnicities;

She did not comment on whether law enforcement is “predisposed” to arrest blacks 4 times more than whites for drugs despite similar usage rates.

That Mexican nationals would prefer to be on death row in the United States rather than serving prison terms in Mexico, and it is an insult for the United States to look to the laws of other countries such as Mexico;

Judge Jones is hard on crime.  Just not “Mexico-hard.” Wha?

That Defendants’ claims of racism, innocence, arbitrariness, and violations of international law and treaties are really nothing more than “red herrings” used by opponents of capital punishment;

[Since reintroduction of death penalty in Georgia in 1972] In 2000 homicides, black defendants were 1.7 times more likely to receive the death penalty than white defendants and that murderers of white victims were 4.3 times more likely to be sentenced to death than those who killed blacks.  One herring  is 4.3 times redder than the other.

What about America’s capstone for capital punishment?  The 5th District’s very own State of Texas:

Since 1976, Texas has carried out 470 executions (well more than a third of the national total of 1,257). You can count on one hand the number of those executions that involved a white murderer and a black victim and you do not need to use your thumb, ring finger, index finger or pinkie.

that means ’1,’ folks.

Blacks. Mexicans. Other Hispanics. Foreign Nations of Earth.  Who’s next in your Burn Book, Judge Jones? (*please say ‘the disabled,’ please say ‘the disabled’*)

That claims of “mental retardation” by capital defendants disgust her, and the fact such persons were convicted of a capital crime is itself sufficient to prove they are not in fact “mentally retarded.”

“That’s the standard of review we’re looking for in an appellate judge!” said no reasonable person ever. While this flies in the face of the Supreme Court’s decision in Atkins v. Virginia (2002), which prohibits the execution of individuals with intellectual disabilities, plant that flag and tell the Court to ‘grow a pair.’

All this astute legal mind needs to boldly underline her bigoted argument is to wrap it all in a Jesus-ribbon.

[T]he imposition of a death sentence provides a positive service to capital-case defendants because defendants are likely to make peace with God only in the moment before their imminent execution.

Ahhh. That’s the stuff.

Jonathan Turley lends some background on Judge Jones and her history of judicial conduct. She sounds like a gigantic Seaward, but this is the 5th District, so it’s all relative.

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Texas’ Thou-Shall-Not-Meter: Steal > Murder > Solicit Prostitution

Posted by Matt on Thursday, June 6th, 2013

not guilty by reason of legal defect.

not guilty by reason of legal defect.

This is, um…This is pretty messed up.

A Bexar County jury on Wednesday acquitted Ezekiel Gilbert of murder in the death of a 23-year-old Craigslist escort.

Gilbert testified earlier Tuesday that he had found Frago’s escort ad on Craigslist and believed sex was included in her $150 fee. But instead, Frago walked around his apartment and after about 20 minutes left, saying she had to give the money to her driver, he said.

That driver, the defense contended, was Frago’s pimp and her partner in the theft scheme.

The Texas law that allows people to use deadly force to recover property during a nighttime theft was put in place for “law-abiding” citizens, prosecutors Matt Lovell and Jessica Schulze countered. It’s not intended for someone trying to force another person into an illegal act such as prostitution, they argued.

Even a prude like me knows the flat fee is for the company and “additional services” are negotiable.  Furthermore, you can’t contract for illegal services.  It’s not enforceable.  That’s the risk you take when you get creepy lonely and ring up an anonymous internet escort.  So how this law, which is messed up on its face, can even apply in this case is beyond me.

If you steal $150, you deserve to die. Lesson learned.

So if you go into a jilted rage after someone swindles you on Craigslist for something like bogus concert tickets or if a casual encounter steals your self-respect, make sure it happens at night so you can use deadly force against the person (in Texas).

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Defend The Weak And The Fatherless…And Also Monsanto. Poor, Poor Monsanto

Posted by Matt on Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Back in March, our federal government was in the midst of Seques-travaganza.  On a random Friday afternoon, and in order to avoid a government shutdown, Congress passed a comprehensive bill that included something called the Farmers Assurance Provision. What does it assure?

Usually, any new GMO crops need to be approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and legal challenges can be filed to stop a seed from being planted until it undergoes a more vigorous review. But opponents of section 735, the “Monsanto Protection Act,” claim the bill eliminates regulatory checks and judicial review.


In a statement to MSN News, a USDA spokesperson said, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack “has asked the Office of General Council to review this provision as it appears to preempt judicial review of a deregulatory action which may make the provision unenforceable.”

But in the meantime – keep planting those Round-up resistant Lab Seeds.

Here’s the weird part:  This amendment was not “sponsored” and was inserted anonymously.   I’m not a parliamentarian and am not familiar with intricate legislative procedure becauszzzzzz.  So is this weird or something that happens often?

Apparently, no one but Jon Tester (D-MT) read it, and by that time it was too late because the “shutdown” needed to be avoided.  So what’s the point again? From Huff Po:

Federal courts have recently ruled that the U.S. Department of Agriculture had failed to consider the potential harm some genetically engineered crops may have, and acted too hastily in approving their sale. The industry fought back with the [Monsanto Protection Act], preventing the enforcement of court rulings.

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) has been trying to get this act repealed but is encountering quite a few roadblocks. For instance, Merkley is not allowed to add an amendment to the Farm Bill, but you can sometimes just anonymously slide giveaways into a spending/budget bill because that’s what Bank of America would do.

Even worse is how this shameful giveaway became law. It was inserted anonymously, and without review into the must-pass budget bill to avoid government shutdown in March.

CNN said that “the law passed without most of Congress even knowing about it.”2 Jon Stewart put it a different way: “The laws of the most powerful nation on earth are written with the same level of accountability as internet comments.”3


HaSadHa, Jon Daily.

So help fight the uphill battle…

Sign Petition Here.

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Can We All Stop For A Minute And Tell Oscar Pistorius To Shut The Fuck Up?

Posted by Matt on Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

“Alleged” murderer and Olympic Roid-Fraud Oscar Pistorius is on a PR tour in anticipation of being tried and probably found not guilty on a technicality by a supremely messed up South African judicial system.

A sickly piece of journalism journamalism that only a celebrity-fuckwad like Pistorious receives, CNN’s Robyn Curnow got a chance to interview Pistorious as well as his Uncle and agent.  She opens her column with this drivel:

Pretoria, South Africa (CNN) – Oscar Pistorius is a heartbroken man who has to live with the fact that he killed the love of his life, his uncle has told CNN in an exclusive interview.

For the past three months, the double amputee sprinter has been living at his Uncle Arnold’s house in Pretoria. He has grown a beard because he doesn’t want to be recognized, and has surrounded himself with photos of Reeva Steenkamp, his uncle says.

Pistorius is charged with murdering the 29-year-old model and law school graduate early on February 14, and faces a court hearing next Tuesday.

Arnold Pistorius described the runner’s grief as “unthinkable” and says his heart bleeds for his nephew. “He’s got photos in his room, photos all over the place. He’s housebound, you know. He doesn’t go out in public places.”

pistoriousYeaahh, he doesn’t go out. Except for that time in April when he was out taking sad whiskey shots and grief flirting with the blonde ladies of Johannesburg.  But c’mon – he had mourned for a solid 6 weeks.  Have to move on at some point.

Way to call him on that.

The rest of Curnow’s article is entirely about the psychopath’s beard-growing and crocodile-crying. Not one question about the logic of why your 1st reaction to a hypothetical intruder is not to locate the “most important person in your life,” and instead just unload 4 shots into an occupied bathroom.

And if the parameters of the interview limited questions to Pistorious being a sad sack, why even bother?  So great “exclusive” CNN.

Almost forgot…Oscar: STFU


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Homeowner Pays Loan Early, Gets Foreclosed On Because Bankers Are Thieving Bastards

Posted by Matt on Saturday, May 25th, 2013

wellsfargoWells Fargo – bank, investment advisor, manager of my IRA (yes, I’m part of the problem) and corporate citizen extraordinaire has found a new way to fuck over its customers.

ORLANDO, Fla. - A man who made loan modification payments on time and early said Wells Fargo stopped taking payments and started foreclosing on his house.  Etienne Syldor said he’s worked his whole life for a home in Orlando for his wife and three children. Syldor is an immigrant from Haiti and a bus driver at Walt Disney World. At times, he said he has worked multiple jobs to make sure he never missed a mortgage payment.

Oh hey great story America.  Wells Fargo cares about its customers. We’re all in this together.

Last year, Wells Fargo offered him mortgage modification, and he was told if he made four monthly payments during a trial period, the modification would be permanent. Court records show Syldor not only made the payments on time, but paid early and more than he was required to.

It’s why Syldor said he was in disbelief when the bank suddenly stopped taking his payments and sent him a letter telling him Wells Fargo was starting foreclosure proceedings.

Yeah, that’s something. So this guy who works his ass off and probably doesn’t have time for this bullshit can’t get an answer to a logical question about how he can lose his home by overpaying his debt.  So he has to hire an attorney.  Speaking from pure conjecture as an attorney who has dealt with Wells Fargo in similar circumstances (though my client was Nigerian), I’m guessing the attorney had a hard time getting a definitive answer from Wells Fargo, whose slogan is – I shit you not – “Together we’ll go far.”  So the lawyer contacts the press, who rightfully decides, “Hey this is fucked up,” let’s contact the bank.  Finally faced with the prospect of bad press that might draw more attention to their shady, deceptive and fraudulent business practices, Wells Fargo issues a statement.

Three days after Eyewitness News contacted Wells Fargo, bank representative Veronica Clemons sent a statement:”For some loans, completing trial payments is a significant step toward a permanent modification; however, in this instance, the loan was part of a mortgage-backed security and in a protected pool, with specific payment guidelines. We are working with Mr. Syldor to explain the guidelines and explore options that may help.”

The bank told Eyewitness News Syldor didn’t follow the modification guidelines because he paid early and sometimes his payments were sent one on top of the other.

That’s right. “Together we’ll go far” until you violate the derivative calculation of some complex security. Then we’re gonna hop off and I don’t give a shit where you go, even if it’s to the couch at your widowed aunt’s house.

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Scott Walker – You’re not…You’re not Good.

Posted by Matt on Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

" '5' is the number of scandals I promise in 2013!"

” ’5′ is the number of scandals I promise in 2013!”

Despite courageous union-busting and fundraising efforts, Governor Scott Walker is having a rough time turning America’s Dairyland into Galt’s Gulch.  (Of course, Galt’s Gulch isn’t real, but not everyone knows this.)

[WI] has fallen from 11th to 44th in job creation since Walker took  office.

The good news is that Walker created a taxpayer-funded pseudo-private agency to address this specific issue.  The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation is just the shot-in-the-arm the state needs to aid in job creation and create a ”business friendly” environment.  We’re looking forward to a new future starting in July, 2011. Whoops.

In effect for 2 years, the WEDC is running pretty smoothly except for the job creation part, right?

 the WEDC has not done a good job of that since it became operational in July 2011 under its former CEO, Paul Jadin. The former Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce president left the position after 16 months amid reports of a lack of oversight of $56 million in loans.

Ok, but other than the job creation and the initial growing pains and mismanagement, the WEDC is doing a great job, eh?

[2013] Auditors said employees of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., a  quasi-private entity, made a number of questionable and unexplained purchases,  including season tickets to UW-Madison football games and iTunes gift cards, [alcohol], and  contracted for services without conducting open and competitive selection processes.

But still – Badger games are irresistible and these suits need to learn words to recent urban hit “Jump Around,” which is played between the 3rd and 4th Quarters.  Hence the booze and iTunes gift cards.

So maybe there’s a little bit of waste in the agency, but other than the job creation, and the mismanagement, and the ethics considerations, and the monetary waste, Walker has maintained a pretty clean record through his first term.  Correct?

‘What about John Doe?

In all, Milwaukee County prosecutors brought charges against six individuals as a result of the probe, which was opened in May 2010. Of those, three were former Walker aides, one was an appointee and another a major campaign contributor.

Walker’s total legal tab due to the John Doe probe: $650,000. Prosecutors closed the case without bringing charges against the governor or anyone in his current administration.

What about John Doe? This happened before he took office – doesn’t count. (Just like when he got busted for dirty campaign tricks at that college he never graduated from.)

Walker’s deputy chief of staff, Tim Russell, was sentenced in January to two years in prison for stealing from a charity meant for military combat veterans and their families.


Walker’s Veterans Services Commissioner Kevin Kavanaugh was convicted in December of stealing $51,000 from a charity for military combat veterans. He was sentenced to two years in prison.

That’s essentially the same as the last one.  No double-dipping.

Computers and cellphones seized from the home shared by former Walker aide Timothy Russell and his domestic partner [& GOP Operative] Brian Pierick revealed a series of text messages that Pierick exchanged with a 17 year old boy from Waukesha, Wisc. in 2010.  As a result, Pierick was charged on Thursday with child enticement and causing a child to expose his genitals.

First of all, what about the liberal media?  Second, we can’t all surround ourselves with Albert Einstein’s and Bob Loblaw’s.

Folks. No one is better equipped to take Wisconsin from 11th to 44th and back to 39th better than Scott Walker.  That’s exactly why he’s the guy national Republicans want to lead them into the future via the past!

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Record EEOC Award For Abused Disabled Plant Workers Doesn’t Really Assuage The Horror

Posted by Matt on Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

"Henry testified about his own health problems, including five heart attacks."  6th one is on the house.

“Henry testified about his own health problems, including five heart attacks.” 6th one is on the house.

The EEOC is the primary government agency enforcing labor laws that deal with discrimination.  While still understaffed from the Bush years, in my experience the EEOC can investigate workplace issues with the best of them. I can’t imagine some of  the details they uncovered in this case.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A jury on Wednesday awarded $240 million to 32 mentally disabled men for what government lawyers say was years of abuse by a Texas company that arranged for them to work at an Iowa turkey processing plant and oversaw their care, work and lodging.

The award handed out by a federal jury in Davenport was the largest ever given in the 48-year history of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which filed the lawsuit against Henry’s Turkey Service.

The jury determined that the now-defunct Goldthwaite, Texas, company had violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by creating a hostile environment and imposing discriminatory conditions of employment on the men. It found that Henry’s acted with “malice or reckless indifference” to their civil rights, and awarded each man $7.5 million in damages.

These men worked there since the 1970s and received $65/month (or .41 cents/hour).  No raise. Because capitalism.  During this time, no one from the company developed a conscience and alerted authorities.  Maybe because the perks were so awesome?

The abuse was uncovered in 2009 after one of the men’s sisters tipped off Iowa officials to the unsafe and unsanitary conditions at the rural bunkhouse where the men were housed. State inspectors found the building, which is a several miles from the West Liberty plant where the men worked, to be falling apart, infested with rodents and full of fire hazards, so they shut it down and placed the men with new caretakers. The EEOC later sued.

Social workers testified that the men described a life of constant abuse by their Henry’s handlers. They said they had been forced to work through illness and injuries, denied bathroom breaks, locked in their rooms, kicked in the groin and, in one case, handcuffed to a bed. [...]

Rain entered their bedrooms through failing windows and made their beds wet. Supervisors forced them to walk in circles carrying heavy weights as punishment. Supervisors picked on a man who had a brace on his leg, often pushing him down. Another man had been kicked in the groin and was found with “testicles that were quite swollen.” Others were often locked in their bedrooms at night, said [Sue Gant, a developmental psychologist who interviewed the men.]

So how does something like this happen?

Henry’s began employing mentally disabled men in the 1960s and 1970s who had been released from Texas mental institutions. Hundreds of them were sent to labor camps in Iowa and elsewhere in the coming decades, where they were supplied on contract as workers to local employers. Company officials argued the arrangement was a benefit to the men, and that they were once praised for giving them employment opportunities.

Huzzah Henry’s! So don’t worry guys, criminal charges won’t be filed.  Just ask company president Kenneth Henry (that’s the company’s name!). The defense’s only witness testified that he didn’t know anything for 40 years except for the terrible things he knew about.

Kenneth Henry, 72, of Proctor, Texas, also denied allegations that the workers — whom he repeatedly referred to as “the boys,” although most were in their 40s, 50s and 60s — were routinely abused or neglected.

But when asked whether he had exercised good judgment by allowing one of his supervisors to continue working with the men after others said they had witnessed the supervisor physically abusing workers, Henry replied, “Probably not.”

The company president also revealed that a worker who lived in the Iowa bunkhouse froze to death in the 1980s.

I see. You “didn’t know about it” just like Joe Paterno “didn’t know about it.”  Well maybe you can get cancer and die soon too!

“I never had any complaints from the boys,” he testified. “If something was going on, I feel they most definitely would have said something to me.”

It’s their fault for being mentally disabled and their fault for not speaking up in a timely manner and their fault for not knowing how to report abuse to authorities. Rot.

Well at least the silver lining is that this company will be soaked, the victims compensated and future corporate abuse and malfeasance will be deterred.

The defunct company isn’t expected to be able to pay anywhere near the full amount of damages. The EEOC will work with the U.S. Department of Justice to examine company assets that could be seized to pay toward the judgment, including more than 1,000 acres of land in Texas worth up to $4 million, [EEOC attorney Robert] Canino said.

and we wept.

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ICYMI: This Police Officer Was Found Not Guilty Of Assault. Still Guilty Of Douchebaggery.

Posted by Matt on Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Last year, Philadelphia cop Jonathan Josey was charged with simple assault following the incident below:

We’ve all experienced Puerto Rican Day parades – they’re a huge inconvenience for errand-runners and a traumatic day for the flag-phobic.  But this could be a little excessive.

On the witness stand earlier this month, Josey was near tears while telling the judge he swung at Guzman to knock a beer bottle out of her hand, and he wasn’t trying to hurt her. He said he and other officers were hit with beer from behind and, each time he turned to see who did it, he saw Guzman jumping up and down.

Josey conceded he never saw Guzman throw beer. Guzman was arrested that day but charges against her were later dropped.

“Woman-jumping-in threatening-manner-as-self-defense.” Well-asserted Officer Josey.  I’m sure the Judge will see right through that.

Judge Patrick Dugan (who is married to a philly cop) agreed that Josey was just protecting his delicate fist from the victim’s crazy woman’s dangerous spanish-speaking mouth.

Following the acquittal, Josey wiped away the tears and logged into facebook to celebrate his resiliency and muscles.

Josey even took to Facebook to celebrate. He posted a picture of himself striking a triumphant pose and changed his name on the page to “Jonathan ManofSteel Josey.”

And for that, a charge of Douchebaggery in the second degree is upheld.

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