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Seize This!

You may recall that Boulder City Attorney Dave Olsen wants to seize the home of 56-year-old Cynthia Warren for her misdemeanor charge of growing 6 marijuana plants (see here and here). The editorials in the papers have been slamming Olsen.
At the time, several commenters here noted that Dave Olsen pled no contest to a misdemeanor drunk driving charge in 2004. Well that also didn’t escape the notice of Steve Sebelius in this scathing article in the Las Vegas City Life.

[…]And you know what? I agree with [Olsen], wholeheartedly. We must seize the property of those who put children in danger, and we must do it now.

So that’s why we’ve got to immediately seize Dave Olsen’s motorcycle.

You see, in 2004, Olsen pled no contest to drunken driving, a crime that surely has taken more lives than marijuana ever will. Anti-DUI advocates are fond of saying that, with a drunken driver at the controls, a vehicle is a weapon, surely one more dangerous than Cynthia Warren’s house.

Call the Boulder City police, and get the Henderson SWAT team for backup. There could be a standoff.

The problem with Olsen is not just that he’s a hypocrite — although he surely is — it’s that he’s also not telling the truth. […]

It’s great to see this strong a response in the media.

Outrage barely covers it: Regardless of what the law says, Olsen is engaging in an act of theft. Warren committed a crime, and was punished for committing a crime. Olsen’s exacting a punishment for something Warren never did in the eyes of the law, making wild and untrue claims in the process. He should drop this case immediately, and if he doesn’t, Boulder City fathers should find the courage to order him to stop.

In the meantime, will somebody look at seizing that motorcycle? I think we’d all feel safer if they did.

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