The Delinquent Dauphin

|

As this Christian Science Monitor story puts it:

Parents of teenagers now have an additional incentive to really get to know their children's friends and acquaintances.

It is called Maryland v. Pringle.

That's the title of a US Supreme Court decision announced this week that, for the first time, authorizes a police officer who discovers contraband in a car to arrest every occupant of the car when no one admits to ownership of the illicit item.

Tell that to the parents of pals of Al Gore III, son of the former VPOTUS and tantalizingly near-POTUS. AG3 and his pals just got thrown in the pokey with some buds for smoking, er, buds. AG3 had been playing the role of the Delinquent Daupin of American politics for years.

Indeed, his father's oh-so-close loss in the last presidential election was a national calamity if for no other reason than this: It robbed the country of what surely would have been the most hilariously dysfunctional First Family since, well, the current one. And all the ones before that.

[CSM link via Free-Market.net]

NEXT: I May Be Small But I'm Also Little

Editor's Note: We invite comments and request that they be civil and on-topic. We do not moderate or assume any responsibility for comments, which are owned by the readers who post them. Comments do not represent the views of Reason.com or Reason Foundation. We reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason at any time. Report abuses.

  1. There used to be a saying, “Better to let a guilty man go free than risk imprisoning an innocent.” Now it’s, “Better to put innocent men in jail than risk letting a guilty man go free.” Christ! I might support this law if it involved a carful of Weapons of Mass Destruction or Missing Children’s Body Parts, but drugs?

    I wonder if this law will spread? As a teacher, I am very nervous to think that I and my entire class could be arrested if drugs are found in the garbage.

  2. He should have toked up around the White House, then maybe Bush could be prosecuted under the Rave Act.

    That, or get arrested with the Bush twins at Neverland Ranch. That would be the feel good story of the season.

    Eh, bored today.

  3. He should have toked up around the White House, then maybe Bush could be prosecuted under the Rave Act.

    That, or get arrested with the Bush twins at Neverland Ranch. That would be the feel good story of the season.

    Eh, bored today.

  4. I don’t really see any problem with what the court has done here. I don’t see how the cops had any other choice. If they had found a murder weapon instead of drugs it wouldn’t be an issue at all. Whether or not someone should get nailed for cash & crack is another issue.

  5. I don’t really see any problem with what the court has done here. I don’t see how the cops had any other choice. If they had found a murder weapon instead of drugs it wouldn’t be an issue at all. Whether or not someone should get nailed for cash & crack is another issue.

  6. I don’t really see any problem with what the court has done here. I don’t see how the cops had any other choice. If they had found a murder weapon instead of drugs it wouldn’t be an issue at all. Whether or not someone should get nailed for cash & crack is another issue.

  7. I don’t really see any problem with what the court has done here. I don’t see how the cops had any other choice. If they had found a murder weapon instead of drugs it wouldn’t be an issue at all. Whether or not someone should get nailed for cash & crack is another issue.

  8. Opps Sorry about the multiple posts [blushes]…

  9. trainwreck: You and everyone in your car is a whole mess of trouble now.

  10. trainwreck: You and everyone in your car is in hole mess of trouble now.

  11. Does this topic cause stuttering?

  12. Dude, what car?

  13. So smoking cannibis goes back to the first presidents, but I can’t belive I didn’t know that the last election was between two guys with drug-criminal kids. And two guys with their own substance histories – Al with his weed (at least) and Dubyah with his DUI, coke, and whatever else.

Please to post comments

Comments are closed.