Wednesday, February 2, 2011

And by the way, you're not supposed to commit adultery either

We talked two times before about this fellow down the road who chose to register his opposition to slot machines in his county by stealing signs supporting slot machines in his county.  The funny thing was, the cops had him on video surveillance tape as he was ripping down one sign, and they found a whole lot of signs - 70, in fact - in his pickup, along with the tools he was using.  You can see the video here - it's always great, just like on "COPS," when you see the law pull up and catch a dude in flagrante delicto (Latin for "with his hand in the cookie jar.")

Well, the election came and went, and the people of Anne Arundel County voted to have slots to put their coins in, so now it's time for the swift hand of justice to deal with all the leftover trials.  Here's the scoop right out of the BMore SUN:

Man accused of stealing pro-slots signs gives check for cost

Lawyer for David Scott Corrigan says $8,740 is not admission of guilt


A Northrop Grumman engineer gave an Anne Arundel County prosecutor a check Friday to pay for signs supporting a slots parlor at Arundel Mills mall that were stolen during last fall's campaign, a move that his lawyer said was not an admission of guilt.

David Scott Corrigan, 50, of Glen Burnie was charged Oct. 23 with property destruction and theft of $1,000 to $10,000. Police said that when arrested, Corrigan had 70 of the signs in the bed of his pickup in addition to one they said they saw him remove by the headquarters of the pro-slots campaign in Severna Park.

The check for $8,740 was "kind of a measure of good faith" and not an admission that Corrigan took down the signs, Corrigan's attorney, James Nichols, said outside the courtroom.

Both sides asked the judge to postpone the trial, which had been scheduled for Friday in District Court in Annapolis. Attorneys were not able to resolve the case with a plea agreement, and Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Smith said one of her witnesses did not come to court.

Later in the day, the court set a new trial date of April 18. "At this point, we are just trying to move past all of this," Nichols said. A conviction could cost his client security clearances he needs for work, Nichols said.
Corrigan previously had told court officials that he makes $160,000 a year as a project manager at Northrop. He has been described by his lawyers as a religious man who does not support gambling and volunteers in the construction of homes for Habitat for Humanity.

Anne Arundel voters approved a ballot question in November to bring what would be the largest slots parlor in Maryland to the county. In recent days, opponents have filed a legal challenge, and the Baltimore-based developer, the Cordish Cos., broke ground for the slots facility at Arundel Mills mall.
You know what I want? I want to be able to commit a crime, no matter how serious, and have the cops catch me in the act, and have evidence of 70 other crimes I seem to have committed in my truck, and then I want to write a check as an "act of good faith" toward those I ripped off. And I want my mouthpiece to say, "At this point, we are just trying to move past all of this."  And I want someone to explain to me how someone thinks he ought to walk on theft charges because being convicted on theft charges could cost him his security clearance.  

I have to say, if I was pulling down 160 big ones per year, I'd have a better lawyer than that.

And then, I'd have someone tell me how a man who purports to be religious can break Commandment Number 8 (Thou Shalt Not Steal). No matter what your cause is, you're not right to try to advance it by committing a crime to do so.  I mean, stealing is not an act of good faith, is it?

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