Tarry for the Nonce

November 20, 2006

No Body of Evidence

Filed under: Politics — lmwalker @ 2:48 pm

The Granite City abortion clinic has finally been backed into a corner:

Bryant, Ark., Det. Jimmy Long has confirmed it was a photograph provided by the Small Victories ministry across state lines that helped secure a case against suspect Jeffery Cheshier, 41, who had been accused by an underage girl of rape.

But she reported he forced her to go to the “Hope” Clinic for Women abortion business in Granite City for an abortion, so there was no evidence until Long ran across a reference to the Small Victories ministry and he checked their web site.

When he contacted the pro-life group, they were able to provide photographs, with an identifiable license plate number, of the suspect’s car at the abortion business at the time the girl claimed she was taken there . . .

Angela Michael said the Granite City clinic is known nationwide because of the circumstances. Its abortionists do late-term abortions and the state of Illinois has no parental notification law.

Generally, the whole picture-taking thing makes me skittish, since a few of the crazies post the photographs to order to dispense vigilante justice, which is wrong, wrong, wrong. However, this incident has caused me to rethink my opinion. I know that Very Bad Men are getting away with Very Bad Things and this is one way of stopping them. So “huzzah” for that.

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3 Comments

  1. So let me see if I follow: this sort of open-source surveillance of people’s private lives is ok, as long as it results in a crime being solved somewhere at some point?

    Then why even bother arresting peeping toms? Surely one of them will capture a crime in progress someday! Let’s hack into medical records and search for people with VD: there’s got to be a gold mine of illicit behavior in there. Come to think of it, maybe it’s time for freelance bugging of confessional booths — hey, we know the people in them are admitting to bad things! Digitize ’em, index ’em, put ’em online — maybe someday, we’ll catch a mobster or a Kennedy! And those people at Small Victories and Operation Rescue? Get their names and mailing addresses, and put them on the web. After all, you never know who might be their next Eric Rudolph.

    Certainly puts objections to I-Pass and street cameras in a new light.

    Comment by Toly — November 21, 2006 @ 7:37 am

  2. My own personal hypocrisy in the matter did not escape me (see last paragraph of post.) But, heck, if we are going to micro-monitored anyway, let it serve the purpose it is supposed to serve – namely, to catch people doing illegal things.

    In my view, there is no way that this particular case can end to the public’s detriment. If the photographs are accepted, they get a bad guy. If the photographs are not accepted (which I think to be a much more likely scenario, given the source,) it will be a legal victory for privacy advocates everywhere. And that would be cool too.

    Comment by laura — November 21, 2006 @ 10:20 am

  3. OK. The way I read your original post, you have rethought your opinion and this photographing no longer makes you “skittish.” It should, no matter what positive outcome is accidentally reached.

    Comment by Toly — November 22, 2006 @ 6:37 pm


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