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Sticker Shock: Small Town Sets Up Roadblacks to Check for City Stickers

Written by Gary North on May 3, 2012

The town council of a small Kentucky town of 1850 residents passed a law requiring everyone who lives in town to buy a $10 car sticker.

Local teachers decided to ignore the law.

The town then set up roadblocks. The police checked each car for a sticker.

Meanwhile, a wave of burglaries swept the town, because the police were otherwise occupied.

OK, I made that up.

So, here were the city’s finest, wasting their time and drivers’ time checking for $10 stickers.

One man was stopped. Police found marijuana in his car. He was arrested. He moved to dismiss the case. There was no probable cause. So, it was a violation of the 4th amendment.

So, everyone called in the lawyers. The case got into the court system. The Circuit Court sided with the defendant. The town appealed. Then the Court of Appeals said, sure, fine, no problem, nail him. The man appealed. The state supreme court declared the whole thing a violation of rights.

The lawyers smiled all the way to the bank, as lawyers always do.

The Supreme Court said. “We also recall that the initial concern that sparked the need for the checkpoint was the report that some teachers had failed to pay the sticker fee. That concern could have been addressed by means far less intrusive than a traffic checkpoint. For example, police officers could have simply walked through the school parking lot and cited cars without a sticker.”

The dummies who passed the law probably spent far more of the town’s money in enforcing the law in court than the law generated in revenues.

The defendant is no doubt a lot poorer.

And a good time was had by all . . . lawyers.

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6 thoughts on “Sticker Shock: Small Town Sets Up Roadblacks to Check for City Stickers

  1. "Whenever lawyers dominate a society – usually during the society’s final years – they steadily substitute formal procedure for ethics…. They adopt a theology of salvation by law, or at least continued employment by law. The practice of law replaces the law itself; “law” becomes case laws, precedents, and procedures, but without any thought or hope concerning an integrated law-order that provides meaning to the law in general. Law becomes what men say it is, and men do not agree. Humanism’s implicit judicial polytheism then leads to the disintegration of civil law: jammed courts, endless litigation, plea bargaining, and all the other aspects of twentieth-century judicial tyranny that we have become numbed into accepting as normative.

    "The Bible is concerned with ethics, not formal courtroom procedure…. It is the mark of a culture in the process of disintegration that it substitutes procedure for ethics, the letter of its law for the spirit of its law. Even more important is the bureaucratic machinery that defines the letter of the law…. Techniques of judicial interpretation are considered more fundamental than the substance of the law. Such an attitude invariably transfers authority from the people to a self-certified elite, the interpreters. It creates a secular priesthood." (Gary North, Tools of Dominion: The Case Laws of Exodus (Tyler, TX: The Institute for Christian Economics, 1990, 1997) p. 107.)

    "Woe unto you, lawyers! For ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered." (Luke 11:52)

    The key of knowledge is the law of Yahweh, and lawyers, including and especially the Philadelphia thirty-four, have altered that law:

    "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee … seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God…." (Hosea 4:6)

    For more, see Chapter 6 "Article 3: Judicial Usurpation" of "Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective" at http://www.missiontoisrael.org/biblelaw-constitut….

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  2. DiverDown says:

    The ones that could do the math were the ones they were seeking! …. lets see….. 1,850 citizens, lets say 60% have cars/trucks. That would be around 1,100 + a few extra cars, say 200 equals 1,300. Now multiply by $10 equals $13,000. Mmmmmmmmm. How much did just the first day of court cost? We have 11,000 in our town and it cost us over $9,000 a day to operate our courthouse, judges, DA's, reporters, electcic, gas, insurance, repairs and on and on. Another government "tax" that puts us in the hole.

  3. Jim213 says:

    It is not about breaking the law anymore ! It is about lawyers making money !!! If all laws were not broken then the lawyers would create laws that they know will be broken.

  4. that is what you get for being a redneck. Just kidding

  5. Michael Spurlock says:

    I'm pretty setting up "Roadblacks" is racist.

    Everything else is.

  6. Michael Spurlock says:

    Sure. LOL.