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10:11 AM on 07/04/2013
This is why government cant warrentless wiretap or engage in all its other assorted abuses that we allow under the Patriot Act. Because eventually someone like this city attorney will come along and abuse his powers just because he can. The prosecutor should be fired and the law should be rewritten so that a 13 year prison sentence cant be an outcome.
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evilchihuahua
Crossing the line just because it's there.
08:55 AM on 07/04/2013
One of those eight arms should have been drawn showing the gagging of free speech
that BofA uses to protect its ill gotten gain.
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Craig Schultz
If there is hope, it will be found in Pripyat.
01:04 AM on 07/04/2013
What is this country coming to when someone gets arrested for writing on sidewalks with chalk???

I don't know whether to laugh or cry! LOL

I guess I decided to laugh. ;-)
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Eileenla
06:45 PM on 07/04/2013
Well, since they're not arresting the actual criminals who are defrauding the American public, they have to do something to earn their keep....! And just think how much safer the public feels, knowing the police are keeping their sidewalks free of chalk.
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Craig Schultz
If there is hope, it will be found in Pripyat.
07:01 PM on 07/04/2013
Another "laugh or cry" moment.

I couldn't agree more either way.
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Hiker54
If we couldn't laugh we would all go insane
08:33 PM on 07/04/2013
Well, it's either the police or a good rain.

We could have send Perry out there to pray for rain.
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ronruthnik
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09:00 PM on 07/05/2013
Now you see just how powerful the banksters really are. The French solution may eventually be required.
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Craig Schultz
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09:22 AM on 07/08/2013
I don't think it just the banksters.

I think it is more a matter of anytime the common individual expresses displeasure with those of position and power.
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Dan Bunn
If ig*nor*ance is bliss, then I'm in trouble...
08:43 PM on 07/03/2013
The prosecutors office should be formally reprimanded for wasting tax payers money persuing frivolous charges.
This cost a HELL of a lot of money to that county and state.... for something that NEVER should have seen a court house...
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ronruthnik
In awe of life
09:01 PM on 07/05/2013
It's Bankster power you're seeing.......
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Cye
06:54 PM on 07/03/2013
What a waste if time. Not to mention the ridiculousness of facing 13 years in jail for using chalk on the sidewalk. He should have gotten community service or something, not have to face hard time for something so trivial.
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Larry Burstein
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06:30 PM on 07/03/2013
This is just a sub_plot.

Mayor Filner and DA Goldsmith are have a bigger sh!tstorm over arresting pot smokers with regards to possession of negligent amounts of pot and wasting city resources prosecuting them.
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ce777
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11:45 AM on 07/03/2013
What a total misuse of resources. The police had to spend time tracking this guy down.The prosecutor did not have to take this case even though it was referred by the police. I don't understand how the trial could possibly have taken 4 days. There are murder trails that take less time.

We lock up more people than any other nation, but we focus on the wrong things. We lock up tons of non-violent drug offenders, usually for longer periods of time than violent offenders.

A guy who shot, strangled and dismembered a woman just got 5 years in prison. The guy caught on the nanny cam assaulting that woman has received short prison time had numerous prior violent offenses but always got small amounts of jail time. Had he tried to sell $10 of pot, he still would have been in jail.
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CosmoSmith
10:33 AM on 07/03/2013
Why under weird news? The only thing weird here is that it didn't get bigger coverage.
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evilchihuahua
Crossing the line just because it's there.
08:54 AM on 07/04/2013
It should have been the main here.
12:21 AM on 07/03/2013
So, he could potentially get three years and the crooks who almost collapsed our financial markets get nothing. Wow, things are so out of whacked in America!
11:52 PM on 07/02/2013
It only demonstrate the Tiranny System against People Denouncing and doing the best effort to reach Justice by Law. When those with Power usually do Biggest & more frequents Violations of Law;getting away because The Conflict of Special Interests Power Protection.
10:41 PM on 07/02/2013
How dare you offend THE BANKSTERS OF AMERICA!
(BOA)
09:51 PM on 07/02/2013
This story has the two things that I despise most - Lawyers and Bankers (car salesman come in third).

It seems to me that San Diego needs a new City Attorney. I think that Jan Goldsmith either lacks good judgment or has some connection with Bank of America. I left the "for profit" corporate banks 3 years ago for a non-profit credit union and I wish that I had done it sooner.
07:26 PM on 07/02/2013
I have personally had similar experiences. I expressed myself in chalk on the sidewalk right in front of my apartment. They practically wanted to FRY me for it until I made the point that if I was someone with money and influence, I could get PAID to say what I was saying, but that they could threaten me with eviction only because I was living in government subsidized housing. It washes off, people! What doesn't wash away is how the words affect you on the inside!
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karen1p
07:24 PM on 07/02/2013
CHALK IT UP ON THE FOURTH!!!

Restore the Fourth.....and First Amendments.
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karen1p
07:08 PM on 07/02/2013
I'll bet Jeff Olson doesn't think this is "weird news," and neither do I.

I think it is OUTRAGEOUS behavior by the San Diego prosecutor. This man needs to step down. In addition, he needs to pay for Olson's defense. This is pure intimidation by the city and total corporate indulgency.

NO WAY.....WE DO NOT FORGET.
10:06 AM on 07/03/2013
I agree...what a waste of tax payer $....& he certainly made a name for himself (idiot).