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Tilting at Windmills

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February 28, 2008
By: Kevin Drum

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT FOR BLOGGERS....If you are a foreign national wanted in Los Angeles on suspicion of hiring a gunman to shoot down your wife in broad daylight, you should probably avoid announcing on your blog that you plan to take a trip to U.S. soil. Just sayin'.

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Awesome, just like the Law and Order episode.

Posted by: Crissa on February 28, 2008 at 8:19 PM | PERMALINK

Did he at least remember his American flag lapel pin?

Posted by: Grand Moff Texan on February 28, 2008 at 8:22 PM | PERMALINK

I can't stop changing the words in my head to a very famous Queen song..."Another Blog Bites the Dust-a!"

Posted by: elmo on February 28, 2008 at 8:29 PM | PERMALINK

McScaink made an announcement on his blog? I've heard he's a foreign nationalist.

Posted by: SId's Id on February 28, 2008 at 8:43 PM | PERMALINK

He must get advice from the same PR firm as Roger Clemens.

Posted by: Joshua Norton on February 28, 2008 at 8:44 PM | PERMALINK

Weird, interesting. I always have a bit of a twinge with these not-double-jeopardy cases that hinge on being prosecuted in two jurisdictions - i.e. state/federal (civil rights cases) or this Japan/US case. Good that criminals get prosecuted but still kinda creepy.

I gather he could not be extradited because of double jeopardy arguments (in Japan)??

Posted by: David Duck on February 28, 2008 at 8:55 PM | PERMALINK

You know what, that's what stinks about the Dog the Bounty Hunter show. You always expect him to beat somebody down, to chase someone down and all that, but basically he always catches people who do things like go on the lamm, and then tell everybody around where they're going. He's not even like Sherlock Holmes or anything. Other people tell him where to find the people, and stuff like that.

Posted by: Swan on February 28, 2008 at 9:04 PM | PERMALINK

Hi Kevin,
This is not about public service.
This is an interesting article. Its hypothetical but with this administration it may be attempted.


Posted by: Glenn Scriven on February 28, 2008 at 10:43 PM | PERMALINK

What are the odds that a nutty conservative blogger links to you and calls you soft on crime for offering advice to criminals to keep them out of jail?

Posted by: Anthony on February 29, 2008 at 4:22 AM | PERMALINK

Interesting part about the story is the Immigration service "missed his arrival"! WTF? They've got a name, they know he's coming and they miss him? That will make me sleep at night knowing our homeland is secure.

Posted by: Michael on February 29, 2008 at 10:01 AM | PERMALINK

See kids, this is why it pays to know your geography. Who here can find Saipan on the map? Who knows that it is a US protectorate? Who knows what a protectorate is? Extra Credit for knowing how Saipan is linked with Jack Abramoff.

Posted by: Tripp on February 29, 2008 at 10:31 AM | PERMALINK

Saipan is a lovely island in the Pacific where young Asian women are taken, under the pretext that they're going to jobs in the US, and put to work in sweatshop factories, held prisoner in their dorms, and manufacture clothing that is labeled "Made with Pride in the USA." Yet they are actually outside the US for immigration purposes.

Jack Abramoff used to represents these manufacturers to Congress. There are rumors that the lucky girls got to have sex with some of Abramoff's clients.

Do I get my extra credit?

Posted by: thersites on February 29, 2008 at 12:06 PM | PERMALINK

It was a Law and Order episode. Titled "Gaijin" it dealt with a Japanese woman murdered because her husband owned money to the Yakuza, or something.

It first ran April 28, 2004.

How pathetic is it that I know this?

Posted by: Dave In Texas on February 29, 2008 at 1:00 PM | PERMALINK

David Duck:

Yes, that's what the story says. Japan would not extradite him because he had already been tried for the incident in Japan. I'm curious about how the revised statute works in California. I understand that the state at one time could not try people who had already been tried overseas, but the legislature recently rewrote that; what I don't understand is how the rewrite can apply retroactively. If this guy already had immunity for a crime committed thirty years ago, how can a recent change in the law apply to events that predate the change?

Posted by: keith on March 1, 2008 at 6:26 AM | PERMALINK



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