Thursday, August 18, 2016

Next step: lawsuits

on the police and prosecutor involved.
Last Thursday an Ohio jury acquitted Anthony Novak, a 27-year-old man whom Parma police arrested last spring for making fun of them. After hearing one day of testimony, the jurors unanimously concluded that Novak did not "disrupt public services," a felony punishable by up to 18 months in prison, when he created a parody of the Parma Police Department's Facebook page.
This was stupid; "He made fun of us and we don't like it" is not a case to bring to court.  And on top of all the current costs, it's going to cost them a lot more to settle this.


Jerry The Geek said...

Some people (usually the "People In Charge" don't seem to understand the purpose of Satire.

That is, satire is a legitimate technique used to illustrate to "some people" that they aren't doing their job.

It seems to me that if you can't stand the heat, you shouldn't campaign to be the "Chief Chef".

Phssthpok said...

"...and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap , aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death."

seems to me a DELIBERATELY wrongful arrest would qualify.