Weekly Daily Brickbats Archive 2006 March 29-31

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Arresting Development

When Valerie Rodriguez applied for a job at the post office, she was turned down and informed it was because there was a warrant out for her arrest. Rodriguez didn't know what that was about, so she went to Denver police to find out. They arrested her. It seems a woman assaulted another woman at a gas station, and the victim told police the assailant's name was Valerie Rodriguez. When her court date arrived, neither the victim, nor the police officer who investigated case nor a witness to the attack showed up. The charges were dismissed. But the arrest remains on her record. A Denver TV station tracked down the witness named in the police report, and he said the attacker looks nothing like Valerie Rodriguez. After the station started looking into Rodriguez's story, the police turned the case over to internal affairs.

How Many Complaints Would Be OK?

The head of United Nations' peacekeeping operations says the U.N. has reduced the amount of sexual exploitation by peacekeepers, but the number of complaints is still too high. Jean-Marie Guehenno says it may take another three to four years for actions to reduce sexual abuse by U.N. peacekeepers to really make a difference.


K. Keshav Kao may have thought it was just an amusing parlor trick. But when the Indian congressman signed and "burned" a 100-rupee note then made it reappear at a gathering of magicians, his political opponents demanded his arrest. Burning currency is a crime in India, carrying a penalty of five years in prison. But Kao points out he never actually burned the note.