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Post  Guest on Tue Feb 10, 2009 3:10 pm

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Post  Guest on Tue Feb 10, 2009 3:45 pm

Mort wrote:There is no law against an empty and clean bong.

Ding! Ding! Ding!

The sheriff is a douche and just trying to garner some media attention to nothing.
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Post  LTRT on Tue Feb 10, 2009 11:03 pm

Eight arrested in Michael Phelps case
http://www.wistv.com/Global/story.asp?S=9814127

Posted: Feb 9, 2009 03:52 PM EST
Updated: Feb 10, 2009 03:30 PM EST

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - New details have emerged about a party where Olympic champion Michael Phelps was spotted.

On Feb. 2, a British tabloid published a picture of the 14-time Olympic gold medalist using a water pipe to smoke marijuana. The picture was taken at a party in Columbia back in November when Phelps was here for a visit.

The Richland County Sheriff's Department has been taking a lot of heat from people in this country and all over the world. They want to know why Sheriff Leon Lott is going after Michael Phelps. Many are saying the sheriff should concentrate on more serious crimes, or at the very least, not focus solely on the Olympic champion when there were others at the party who were also breaking the law.

Now it appears the case has expanded beyond Phelps' activities. The party took place in November at a house on Blossom Street near Five Points. It was at that house where someone snapped the photo of Phelps taking a hit on a marijuana pipe called a bong. Lott says the picture indicated a law was being broken in his jurisdiction. He said he couldn't ignore the violation just because Phelps is rich and famous.

We've now learned that since investigators began trying to build a case, they've made eight arrests: seven for drug possession and one for distribution. These are arrests that resulted as the sheriff's department served search warrants. We've also learned that the department has located and confiscated that bong. Sources say the owner of the bong was trying to sell it on eBay for as much as $100,000. The owner, who wasn't even at the party, is one of the eight now charged.

Phelps is not one of those charged at this point, but the sheriff's department has strong evidence that matches the photo to the house on Blossom Street. That house is in the city, but the Columbia Police Department decided not to initiate or take an active role in the investigation.

Governor Mark Sanford is also weighing in on the sheriff's actions. On the FOX News Channel Sunday night, Geraldo Rivera asked Sanford whether Phelps should be prosecuted. "I don't see what it gets at this point," said Sanford. His spokesman told us Monday night Sanford is letting that quote stand.

Hopefully Boss Hogg gets relieved of his duties. Rolling Eyes
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Post  Guest on Tue Feb 10, 2009 11:28 pm

FAIL What a schmuck.
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Post  Mort on Wed Feb 11, 2009 10:02 am

What an absolute waste of time

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Post  Guest on Wed Feb 11, 2009 12:50 pm

And waste of taxpayer's money. Hope people enjoy knowing how much money is taken away from their kids just to bust someone for smokin' a spliff.
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Post  Guest on Wed Feb 11, 2009 12:52 pm

Prohibition Diverts $113 Billion from the Legal Economy, Losing $31.1 Billion in Revenue

BBSNews 2007-10-01 -- (MPP) WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Marijuana prohibition costs taxpayers $41.8 billion every year in law enforcement expenses and revenues lost to government at all levels, according to a new report released today.

The analysis, by researcher Jon B. Gettman, who has a doctorate in public policy and specializes in economic development, is based primarily on government estimates of the U.S. marijuana supply, prices, and arrests. Gettman made international headlines in December 2006 with an analysis showing marijuana to be the top cash crop in the U.S. The full report, "Lost Taxes and Other Costs of Marijuana Laws," which uses different methodology than previous analyses of the costs of marijuana prohibition, is available at www.drugscience.org/bcr/index.html .

"This report documents a massive waste of taxpayer dollars in pursuit of eradicating a government-forbidden plant, and the financial waste hit all-time high levels last year, as the FBI just reported there were a record 829,627 marijuana arrests in 2006," said Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project in Washington, D.C. "Prohibition has done nothing to reduce marijuana use, which remains at about the level it's been for decades, but prohibition has created a massive underground economy that's completely unregulated and untaxed. The parallels with Alcohol Prohibition in the 1920s, including the needless violence and a huge underground economy, are eerie."

Key findings from Gettman's report include:

* Marijuana arrests constitute 5.54 percent of all U.S. arrests, costing taxpayers $10.7 billion.
* The total U.S. marijuana supply is 14,349 metric tons annually, with a retail value of $113 billion.
* Marijuana prohibition diverts the entire $113 billion in sales from the legal, taxed economy. Based on the White House Office of Management and Budget's estimate that 28.7 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product goes to federal, local, and state governments as tax revenue, marijuana prohibition costs $31.1 billion in lost tax revenues annually.
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Post  Guest on Wed Feb 11, 2009 2:10 pm

Preach it brotha' - it's a waste of money. Decriminalize personal possession, then legalize manufacture, then regulate and tax the sales. Return an amount proportional to the population back to the states to use how they wish.

The economic impact and benefit is a no brainer but apparently some need to get stoned to understand.
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Post  Markwes on Thu Feb 12, 2009 2:57 pm

http://www.cbssports.com/worldsports/story/11370685

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Authorities in the South Carolina county where Michael Phelps was photographed smoking from a marijuana pipe have been arresting people as they seek to make a case against the superstar swimmer, lawyers for two arrested people said Thursday.
Whew! I know I feel safer now knowing this hardened criminal will not be able to terrorize the people of Columbia.

Come to think of it, it's kind of ironic that this happened in a city named Columbia.
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Post  Guest on Thu Feb 12, 2009 3:04 pm

Somebody needs to give him a tainted peanut butter donut.

There is absolutely no way this harassment and persecution fits the alleged "crime", if one was committed at all...

This guy gets my nomination for Douchebag of the year. Maybe the title of "Chief of Douchebaggery" fits as well.
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Post  LTRT on Thu Feb 12, 2009 5:59 pm

meta4 wrote:Maybe the title of "Chief of Douchebaggery" fits as well.

You mean you're ready to relinquish the title? Razz
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Post  Guest on Thu Feb 12, 2009 6:33 pm

LTRT wrote:
meta4 wrote:Maybe the title of "Chief of Douchebaggery" fits as well.

You mean you're ready to relinquish the title? Razz

I guess I'll have to. He certainly tops my abilities. It takes a special kind of douchebag to pull the wings off a 23 year old national olympic sports hero who carries multiple medals and has publicly admitted indescretion.

Ironic is that we let Bernie Madoff chill in his Penthouse or pardon murderers while we play human pinata with this guy. scratch
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Post  Cincy Fan 44 on Thu Feb 12, 2009 6:54 pm

meta4 wrote:Ironic is that we let Bernie Madoff chill in his Penthouse or pardon murderers while we play human pinata with this guy. scratch
Well said my friend... Wink

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Post  Mort on Thu Feb 12, 2009 10:56 pm

meta4 wrote:
LTRT wrote:
meta4 wrote:Maybe the title of "Chief of Douchebaggery" fits as well.

You mean you're ready to relinquish the title? Razz

I guess I'll have to. He certainly tops my abilities. It takes a special kind of douchebag to pull the wings off a 23 year old national olympic sports hero who carries multiple medals and has publicly admitted indescretion.

Ironic is that we let Bernie Madoff chill in his Penthouse or pardon murderers while we play human pinata with this guy. scratch

I gotta tell you Meta. That was a profound statement

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Post  Cincy Fan 44 on Mon Feb 16, 2009 8:00 pm

Sheriff won't press charges now...

http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/02/16/michael.phelps/

(CNN) -- Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps will not face criminal charges in connection with a November party at which he was photographed using a bong, a South Carolina sheriff said Monday.

"We do not believe we have enough evidence to prosecute anyone" who was at the party in Columbia, South Carolina, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott told reporters, adding that authorities are ending their investigation into Phelps.

"We had a photo, and we had him saying he was sorry for his inappropriate behavior," Lott said. "That behavior could have been going to a party. ... He never said, 'I smoked marijuana.' He never confessed to that. We didn't have physical evidence. We didn't have enough where we could go arrest him."

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Post  Mort on Tue Feb 17, 2009 10:38 am

This Sheriff is the one that should be put away for being a complete dufus and a moron Idea

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Post  Guest on Tue Feb 17, 2009 11:55 am

Wonder how much taxpayer money they wasted going after Phelps and the people at the party?
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Post  Guest on Tue Feb 17, 2009 12:12 pm

Jugomugo wrote:Wonder how much taxpayer money they wasted going after Phelps and the people at the party?

I wonder if they even "went" anywhere... seems like they rounded up a few ruffians and talked to the media a lot.

In short, that PD got a lot of free advertising at the expense of an Olympic champion. classy.

I wonder what their proximity to Duke Univ is... you know, circumscribe a round those two law enforcement districts and send them each a clue... cause they don't have a clue. cyclops

(remember Duke rugby/lacross? rape, prosecutor lied to try and make himself into a celebrity, etc.)
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