I had to wait a few days to write about this because I wanted to make sure that I was writing with a level head. But I wanted to share with Sean that if he’s still debating whether or not to contest his traffic ticket, don’t bother.
I spent three hours last Friday at the L.A. Superior Court building attempting to contest my own recent and insanely bogus ticket. Unfortunately for me, it turned out to be an expensive and unfortunate lesson that The Man isn’t really all that interested in helping His citizens to pursue justice. Unless you’ve got a good lawyer or a glaringly obvious technicality to get you off, you’re probably SOL. And I emphasize the GOOD part of the lawyer bit because one of the guys that I saw take a trip through the meat grinder was himself an attorney that seemed to have a very valid argument, supported by case law. In the interest of brevity (and trying not to rant like a maniac) I’ll skip 90% of the stupid, annoying and ridiculous things that I had to endure or witness, but I would like to share one short anecdote that you may want to consider:
While inspecting the photos that I provided as evidence, the judge questioned the officer about why what I did was illegal. The problem being that, according to the officer’s earlier testimony and what was depicted in my photos, it wasn’t, in fact, illegal. So how, you might ask, did the mistaken officer rectify the situation? Well, that’s easy! He lied. The officer involved in my case changed his earlier testimony and told a blatant untruth about the facts of my case. Not only did he lie, but the judge’s line of questioning seemed to be intended to help him rectify what he had attested to earlier. So it was my word against the officer’s. Who do you think won that battle?
In the media, I hear various and sundry representatives of the L.A.P.D. bemoaning their reputation pretty frequently. If you’re one of them, I’d like you to take a moment to really think about ALL the things you might do to engender that reputation. You don’t have to be beating people to be a bad cop.