Sunday, January 17, 2016

"Prison supervisor busted for drunken driving, pot gets only a reprimand"

From JSOnline:

By Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel - Jan. 16, 2016 9:51 p.m.

"Madison — A Stanley Correctional Institution supervisor received a written reprimand — and no other discipline — after he got into a drunken-driving accident, was found with several grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and refused to tell his bosses where he had acquired the drugs.

"The case is the latest example to surface of public employees facing few sanctions for breaking work rules. It comes as lawmakers debate whether to make changes to the state's employment rules — with supporters saying it should be easier to discipline employees and detractors saying state officials aren't taking action against employees in many instances where they could under existing policies.

"Patrick Lynch, 46, said in an interview he wanted to apologize to taxpayers for his behavior and was looking forward to continuing to work for the state for years.

"Asked what he would say to someone who thought the punishment he got was light, Lynch said: 'L would say, you know, you wouldn't be wrong to feel that way. I feel very fortunate.'

"Lynch contended he was treated the same as any other employee would be. Joy Staab, a spokeswoman for the Department of Corrections, would not say whether Lynch's discipline was in line with what is given in similar cases.

"But a union official said it was much softer than what others get.

"'A double standard exists' between how supervisors and lower-level workers are treated, said Troy Bauch, who represents correctional workers for Council 32 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

"Rank-and-file employees would be summarily fired in a similar situation, particularly if they refused to answer questions during the Department of Corrections investigation as Lynch had, Bauch said.

"'That's dumbfounding to me,' he said. 'I can't even fathom the fact they would allow him to refuse to answer who his drug supplier was....That's like Investigation 101 for the Department of Corrections.'

"Ordinarily, department investigators would insist on knowing the information to ensure employees aren't consorting with inmates to acquire drugs, Bauch said.

"The treatment of Lynch could lead other employees to refuse to answer questions when they are being investigated, Bauch said"

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Anonymous said...

The criminals have taken control over the legitimate authority of Wisconsin's governing and legislating and administrative bodies. Wisconsin is a criminal and rogue State - all State actors are criminals and have no legitimate authority - proceed at your own risk and take the actions necessary to protect yourself from becoming their prey.

ANYBODY who says they are enabled with the power of "The State of Wisconsin" should be regarded as a Terrorist. All Wisconsin State actors are criminals - "Just Following Orders" is NOT an excuse....

The Nuremberg Defense refers to a legal strategy employed by many of the defendants at the Nuremberg war crimes trials seeking to convict Nazi perpetrators of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the Second World War. Many of those defendants claimed that they were not guilty of the charges against them as they were "only following orders.

The Nuremberg Defense has since become a political and psychological meme. The term is now essentially synonymous with the phrase "I was only following orders", a phrase that has been used in defending accused war criminals for centuries. The phrase can refer to any attempt to deflect personal responsibility for a crime onto institutions like an army or the state. Occasionally, the Nuremberg Defense is referred to as the Eichmann defense.

This principle, one of many drawn up in the run up to the Nuremberg trials, states:

"The fact that a person acted pursuant to order of his Government or of a superior does not relieve him from responsibility under international law, provided a moral choice was in fact possible to him."

Anonymous said...

It's long past time for the UN to try, convict, and imprison the illegitimate and criminal State actors from the State of Wisconsin.


On 18 June 2007, the Human Rights Council adopted resolution 5/1 entitled “Institution-Building of the United Nations Human Rights Council” by which a new complaint procedure was established to address consistent patterns of gross and reliably attested violations of all human rights and all fundamental freedoms occurring in any part of the world and under any circumstances.

The complaint procedure addresses communications submitted by individuals, groups, or non-governmental organizations that claim to be victims of human rights violations or that have direct, reliable knowledge of such violations.

legal stranger said...

Carrying on with the comments.
Which brings us back to the doctrine of the lesser magistrate.
Or if you prefer, read the book;

The Doctrine of the Lesser Magistrates: A Proper Resistance to Tyranny and a Repudiation of Unlimited Obedience to Civil Government

Anonymous said...

Frédéric Bastiat said, “Government is the great fiction through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else,” and that was over 150 years ago. In language he’d understand, Plus ça changé, plus c’est la même chose.