Wednesday, June 08, 2005

They didn't think to put this guy in custody?

So this guy has a blood-stained chainsaw and they let him in the States? (please read the story. I'll take the Vegas odds that this guy gets an insanity plea)
On April 25, Gregory Despres arrived at the U.S.-Canadian border crossing at Calais, Maine, carrying a homemade sword, a hatchet, a knife, brass knuckles and a chain saw stained with what appeared to be blood. U.S. Customs agents confiscated the weapons and fingerprinted Despres. Then they let him into the United States.

The following day, a gruesome scene was discovered in Despres' hometown of Minto, New Brunswick: The decapitated body of a 74-year-old country musician named Frederick Fulton was found on Fulton's kitchen floor. His head was in a pillowcase under a kitchen table. His common-law wife was discovered stabbed to death in a bedroom.

That's all? I thought our border guards were supposed to be on the lookout for homicidal maniacs.

"Nobody asked us to detain him," Anthony said. "Being bizarre is not a reason to keep somebody out of this country or lock them up. ... We are governed by laws and regulations, and he did not violate any regulations."

Anthony conceded it "sounds stupid" that a man wielding what appeared to be a bloody chain saw could not be detained. But he added: "Our people don't have a crime lab up there. They can't look at a chain saw and decide if it's blood or rust or red paint."

Nobody asked you? You can't take initiative? You don't have a crime lab handy? If he had been named Habib, would you have put him in leg irons and sent him to Cuba? Did he at least have a good excuse? Don't the border guards ask what you are coming into the state for?

In state court the next day, Despres told a judge that he is affiliated with NASA and was on his way to a Marine Corps base in Kansas at the time of his arrest.
Well then. Its all better. If he told the border guard the same thing, they would have to let him in! At least he wasn't trying to smuggle a Beanie Baby.

by Robster @ 6/08/2005 09:21:00 AM PERMALink