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#1 Digger

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Posted 29 November 2016 - 01:16 PM

Many cash-strapped municipalities have turned to the law for new revenue, especially in small shore towns where municipal court revenues have nearly doubled in the last five years, an Asbury Park Press investigation found.
 
Towns have the power to pass new rules or increase fines on old ones. And just like the singular judge-jury-and-jailer of the old Western days, a town first enforces the higher fines through its police force, then sends the defendant to its local court — which is headed by a judge appointed by the town leaders who started the revenue quest in the first place.
 
While municipal judges are sworn to follow the rule of law and judicial ethics, the pressure to bring in the money is potent
 
 
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Posted 29 November 2016 - 01:53 PM

Finding out where all the money goes would require a comprehensive financial report on all municipal transactions. Which departments benefit the most from this influx of confiscated revenue. It's all done legally under the law so can you really call it stealing?


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Posted 29 November 2016 - 02:07 PM

Finding out where all the money goes would require a comprehensive financial report on all municipal transactions. Which departments benefit the most from this influx of confiscated revenue. It's all done legally under the law so can you really call it stealing?

 

 

Catanese recalled that certain cases had the "attention" of the municipality. He said a "not guilty" finding could be viewed as a personal affront to an officer, and a judge could find himself being disparaged by police and town employees.

 

 

This may give you an idea about which departments get the real benefits.

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Posted 29 November 2016 - 05:51 PM

This is an entirely different kind of animal. It goes beyond the wolves of wall street. The Corruption is justified by the policy itself along with a strong dose of intimidation. Entities colluding together to form a systematic structure of siphoning off more value from a human being. Absurd behavior. No wonder distractions of bigotry and flashy rhetoric abound. Those are just veils on the big stage providing the circus the head count craves.


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Posted 29 November 2016 - 06:10 PM

Judging the judges...
 
After it becomes justified in writing it makes it easier to commit the dirty deeds associated with reaping an economic resource. The resource here being all human individuals. There is an historical reference to point to this kind of behavior:
 
 
Essentially, it gave justification for the conquistadors of the time to destroy and kill entire villages and native culture. Giving them absolution by god for the acts committed. And taking all profit from every resource found.
 
Then there is another example a little closer to home on the historical time line. It is a little extreme. But, it does show how far things can really go. 
 
He was only following orders!
 
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Posted 29 November 2016 - 06:26 PM

The story does indicate how government takes away from the overall economy by bearing down on the citizens for more support. Taking resources from people that would otherwise find a more supportive way to spend it to better fulfill their lives. The resources go to support the entities own corrupt involvement. In the end this doesn't help a community to grow for itself. The local resources all go towards a higher purpose up the pyramid.  


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Posted 29 November 2016 - 06:52 PM

:Jail1:
 
 
 
Oh Yeah!  That pyramid. This is just local corruption. Think of the juicy pickings from the levels higher up.
 
:Jackpot:
 
 
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Posted 04 December 2016 - 01:30 PM

Before there was a state police force corporations would hire private agencies to disperse the malcontents. Most of the time in a harsh manner. Over time special interests got the governments to do their dirty work.

 

This only goes to show who controls the top echelon of political power. No one elected these corporate interests to be above government control. 

 

Or did we?

 

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