For Tax-Feeders, a "Guess" is as Good as a Fact June 3, 2010

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

June 3, 2010

In July 2008, Mark Jenney was stopped by Officer Christopher Santimarino in a speed trap outside Copely, Ohio. Santimarino issued Jenney a ticket for driving 79 miles per hour in a 60 MPH zone. When Jenney contested the ticket in court, the officer insisted that his radar had clocked Jenney driving 82 MPH. Under cross-examination, he claimed the speed was 83 MPH.

Santimarino was unable to document the alleged radar results. He had also failed to fill out the traffic ticket correctly. The trial court quite helpfully permitted Santimarino to ?amend? the citation long after the fact. On the basis of the officer?s experience and assumed competence, the trial court ruled against Jenney, somehow determining that he was traveling 70 MPH at the time of the stop.

The Ohio State Supreme Court endorsed this outcome, ruling that an unsupported, uncorroborated guess offered by a state-certified but manifestly incompetent police officer was sufficient evidence to win a conviction.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

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