Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Death of common sense, part 1, 128, 952, 324.36

Evidently a man has been arrested in Batavia, New York, for the crime of getting too close to his bride on their wedding day. "Say What?", you might ask. Isn't one purpose of getting married precisely to get close to one's bride in a legal and moral way?

Well, apparently the groom (got good and drunk and?) quarreled with a guest, and when police were called, they realized that not only did they have a disorderly groom, but also a man whose now-wife had a protective order against him. So disregarding the fact that the man's wife obviously wanted to be near him (why else would she say "I do"?), they arrested the man for violating the protective order.

Yet another reason why one might not want to have an upper limit for intelligence among officers, I dare suggest. Or, in the case where federal law might have required this kind of insanity, maybe we ought to have a minimum intelligence requirement for Congressmen.


pentamom said...

Yeah, definitely don't blame the cops. They don't get to decide under what conditions court orders are supposed to be enforced.

Blame the laws, but also blame the wife for not contacting her lawyer and getting this corrected before the wedding. And probably also for marrying him -- it's the rare case where a woman should be marrying a guy when she's ever previously felt that a court order was called for. My money would be on this not being the last time the cops get called on him.

Bike Bubba said...

But don't they choose what to enforce all the time? (like when I was going 60 in a 55 zone, but the men in blue inexplicably decided to pull over the guy going 80 instead...or they ignore petty crimes in the big city to get the big ones?)

Agreed that the "happy couple" should have sorted the legal stuff out, and agreed that judges will be seeing more of them in the future. I just don't think that the (Constitutionally dubious) restraining order should be enforced when it's obvious that the one who requested it doesn't want to be restrained anymore.