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Justice Department up to their usual tricks

Discussion in 'Society and Culture' started by Biker, Jul 25, 2014.

  1. Biker

    Biker Administrator Staff Member

    And this one's a humdinger, too!

    In a nutshell, DoJ thinks FedEx should be criminally responsible for the contents of packages it's shipping. Doesn't matter that FedEx has asked repeatedly for an official list from the feds (which was never provided). Apparently DoJ thinks their "say so" is sufficient.

    One can only hope that when this one gets to court, the judge reams DoJ a new one.
     
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  2. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    Now THIS is a HUGE can of worms. This isn't about our government going after FedEx, this is our government saying that even if you are innocent, not aware of, or simply a delivery service, you are now culpable.
     
  3. Biker

    Biker Administrator Staff Member

    Uh huh. In addition to that, the government also feels they can just tell you not to do something, too, with absolutely nothing to back it up.
     
  4. Biker

    Biker Administrator Staff Member

    It appears the government dropped the case abruptly.

    U.S. prosecutors launch review of failed FedEx drug case

    So what brought this back from the dead?

    Federal judge orders UPS to pay $247 million for illegally shipping cigarettes

    Seems UPS is in a similar situation only this time, the case went against them.

    Hopefully UPS will prevail upon appeal. You'd think that after the FedEx case, lawyers would be a lot more cautious. But then again, we're talking about New York.
     
  5. Arc

    Arc Full Member

    Too bad the DOJ dropped the case AND THEN the judge made the judicial observation. It would have been even sweeter if the trial had gone to its conclusion and the judge rendered a verdict of factually innocent.

    That would have come close to completely closing Pandora's Box for all entities in a similar fix as FedEx.
     
  6. MemphisMark

    MemphisMark Old School Conservative

    Unfortunately, more and more laws are lacking a mens rea (evil mind; intent) component. If you did it, it doesn't matter if you didn't know it was against the law, you're still guilty.

    Every time I read something on this subject, all I can see is Steve Martin from the 70's, "I FORGOT armed robbery was illegal in this state!"
     

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