By Chris Lane
By Jeff Balke
By Aaron Reiss
By Angelica Leicht
By Dianna Wray
By Aaron Reiss
By Camilo Smith
By Craig Malisow
Land of the free: Our civil liberties are being seriously ignored here! I don't believe in the ability of the government (be it the local sheriff's deputy or the president) to force me to submit to tests that involve taking my blood, urine, hair, cheek cells or any other part of my body (and it is my body, last time I checked) to use against me in a court of law. This is getting way out of hand, and we better get together and put a stop to it, or it will be too late to do anything. We'll all be in jail! This is still the land of the free and home of the brave. Upon arrest, you are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. When my rights are read to me I can refuse to speak, and that should include a right to refuse to give up my DNA in any form to anybody until I have an attorney present.
Solution: Hey, I've got a great idea for how to not have your civil rights violated by a perfectly legal court order: Don't drink and drive. Phew, it was hard work coming up with that one. I think I'll take the rest of the day off.
How about some sanity? I don't think anyone wants drunk drivers on the road. Personally, I don't mind sharing the road with someone who's had three or four beers in two or three hours at a bar or whatever. However, the law treats them the same as someone who's consumed a liter of vodka in 30 minutes. I suspect that an attentive police officer could recognize the individual who's consumed the vodka by watching them drive. The person who's had three or four beers needs a roadblock or a broken tail-light to be arrested and put through hell. As a society our laws have overreacted to a serious problem. How I wish we could have some sanity when it comes to our criminal justice system.
The 2010 Best of Houston® award for "Best Criminal Court Judge" should have stated that Judge Shawna Reagin defeated Brian Rains, not Jack Rains. Also, the award for "Best Twitterer — Humor," which went to @brandius, incorrectly spelled her name: Brandi Aguinaga.
The Houston Press regrets the errors.