December 3, 2013

Charles Oliver: Police unsuccessful in persistent drug search

Charles Oliver

— • David Eckert has filed a lawsuit against Deming, N.M., police, the Hidalgo County sheriff’s office, several officers from those departments and the Gila Regional Medical Center after he was forced to undergo a number of invasive medical searches. Cops stopped him for not making a complete stop at a stop sign coming out of a shopping center. Officers claimed that when Eckert stepped out of his vehicle he appeared to be clenching his buttocks. That got them a warrant from a judge to do a cavity search for drugs. But medical personnel in Deming refused to do the search. So officers took him to a hospital in a neighboring county where, according to medical records, doctors X-rayed his abdomen and found nothing. They then did a manual cavity search and found nothing. They did a second manual cavity search and found nothing. They gave him an enema and forced him to defecate in front of them and the cops and found no drugs. They gave him a second enema and found no drugs. They gave him a third enema and found no drugs. They did a second X-ray and found nothing. Finally, they forcibly sedated him and did a colonoscopy and found nothing.

• Vancouver officials have banned doorknobs in all new buildings. Starting next year, doors must have lever handles instead. The ban is part of several new rules aimed at making buildings more accessible to the handicapped and elderly.

• Aflie Waine, 5, decided to take his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toys with him on a visit to relatives in Dublin. But security at England’s Leeds Bradford International Airport had a different idea. They seized Alfie’s toy sword, laser and staff and threw them away, not even allowing his mom to take them back out to their car. An airport spokesman said anything that looks like a weapon must be confiscated, even if it is plastic and just a few inches long.

• Montgomery County, Texas, prosecutors have charged Kambiz Michael Duran with providing alcohol to an intoxicated person. Duran was a patron at a Spring bar where he allegedly bought drinks for Nikole Baukus. Baukus later drove on the wrong side of I-45 and her vehicle collided with another vehicle, killing two people and injuring a third. Baukus pleaded guilty to two counts of manslaughter and one count of intoxication.

• Parents of students at one elementary school in England are accusing school officials of blackmailing them into sending their children on a school trip. They say officials at Littleton Green Community School warned them that a note indicating their children, some as young as 8, were racist would be placed into their permanent school records if they did not attend a workshop on Islam. To add injury to, well, injury, they were charged five pounds (about $8) for the trip.

• An Israeli court has rejected an appeal by a woman who was ordered by a lower court to circumcise her son. The lower court imposed a $140 a day fine on the woman until she complies with its order. She says she plans to appeal to the nation’s Supreme Court.

• Alabama blogger Roger Shuler has spent over a month in jail for contempt of court after refusing a judge’s order to take down posts he has written about a powerful politician’s son. He wrote that Bob Riley Jr., a Birmingham attorney and son of a former governor, had had an affair with a married lobbyist and gotten her pregnant. He said Republican insiders then paid for her to have an abortion and keep quiet about the affair. Riley and the lobbyist have sued Shuler. The judge assigned to the case sealed the case file and ordered Shuler to remove the posts, which some First Amendment experts say is unlawful prior restraint.

Charles Oliver is a staff writer for The Daily Citizen.