Re: [DMCForum] Inappropriate Car Show Behavior?
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Re: [DMCForum] Inappropriate Car Show Behavior?

Hey, I never said it was something defensible or productive to report or 
likely to result in anything meaningful (in fact, I think I said that 
opposite).  I just said it was something that he could report.

Jon Heese

Ryan Wright wrote:
> On 6/20/06, Jon Heese <dmcforum@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> It isn't illegal to call someone a name, but it is illegal to threaten
>>  someone with violence or their property with damage.
> Don't be so sure about that.
> Have you ever known someone who had a restraining order against
> another person? I have, and let me tell you: These people call names.
> They make harassing phone calls. They threaten - sometimes they
> threaten to kill you. You know what? The police and the courts don't
> do a damned thing about it.
> Women often get restraining orders against their estranged husbands,
> and I have seen several high profile cases in the news over the years
> where the man threatens repeatedly to kill the woman. The police grant
> a restraining order but otherwise, they will do nothing. The victim is
> told, "Well, when he actually shows up on your property, then we'll
> respond."
> IF Monty threatened Bob and IF Bob has some kind of proof of that,
> then there is a slim chance Bob can get a restraining order against
> Monty. That said, knowing Bob - between his physical appearance and
> the manner in which he composes himself - I'd have a hard time
> believing a judge would grant that restraining order unless Monty is
> also the intimidating sort. Bob is obviously not afraid of Monty and,
> generally speaking, a judge is looking for some sort of fear, or a
> severe harassment situation, before he will grant a restraining order.
> Bob certainly won't get any money, or even convince the police to pay
> Monty a visit.
>>  I agree that this will get absolutely nowhere, but nonetheless, Bob does
>>  have a crime to report, whether it actually happened or not.
> Like I said, I'm not so sure threatening someone is illegal, and I
> know it's not a crime. It might be a misdemeanor in some states. Even
> if it is, these laws rarely have teeth, and with Bob following Monty
> around all weekend with the videocamera, no judge is going to side
> with him.
> -Ryan
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