If you value the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, you may want to avoid landing in U.S. Magistrate Judge B. Dwight Goains’ courtroom. He apparently believes that he is in the business of being an advocate for the government, including coercing witnesses and violating federal law on bond conditions.
This has been reported by Scott Greenfield at Simple Justice, the Texas Monthly, and Eugene Volokh at the Volokh Conspiracy (now part of WaPo). I will not be able to summarize the law better than they can, but suffice it to say that this country has a major problem, and it is caused by the war on drugs.
The DEA was looking for synthetic marijuana. So they raid a commercial business, run by two ladies, with a full SWAT team. Really? Why? They can’t go up and serve a warrant and search? I’ve done that numerous times where there wasn’t a need for SWAT.
Do we want armed officers and federal agents threatening to shot a resident when they ask to see a warrant? Especially since the agents broke into his home next to the tobacco shop without a warrant? And then tell the resident that they don’t need an f***ing warrant?
They also claim that they didn’t do anything to one of the lady’s neck, and that she had “assaulted” the officer while he was sweeping her feet out from under her. OK, I hate to break the news to y’all, but that looks exactly like the type of mark which would be left by the butt of an AR, right down to the serrated marks at the base of the bruise.
And if this was a butt stroke, then it is a use of deadly force. I really have a problem with the fact that a DEA agent would apply a butt stroke to the base of a woman’s neck and then lie about it.
On top of it all, the magistrate judge takes it upon himself to coerce the women into a forced retraction of their allegations against the agents.
This is just outrageous.