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East Hampton Town harbormaster arrested for marijuana possession

HHS, Bayman1, and Bilge Water,

Thank you for your comments above.

I would like to limit this response to a narrow legal issue or two per my 1/5 comment and your subsequent replies. The broader issues (his Ex [pun intended], should MJ be legal, and all subsidiary issues, etc.) are still on the table IMO.

What really bothers me here is that some anonymous person, apparently in Florida, seems to have called the CrimeStoppers hotline and, in effect, ORDERED the EHPD to set up a roadblock! The end justifies the means?

The specificity of the information only indicates that the informant knew the victim. No more.

The real questions are -- did the PD ask for a warrant, once they had the vehicle under physical control? Did the judge corroborate INDEPENDENTLY the informant's information? If not, why not?

Did the victim REALLY consent to the search under the circumstances? Did the PD tape record the conversation of consent? If not, why not? How voluntary was the consent?

Is this what our Constitution permits? No way IMO. If anyone thinks that an anonymous phone tip is "reasonable suspicion" or "probable cause," please post your vehicle license plate number, your general description, where you are driving, your destination and ETA, etc., and then please give any person in the USA permission to call CrimeStoppers anonymously to set up a road block.

Can you imagine doing this?

No, you cannot.

The fact that the victim here may have had contraband in his vehicle does not justify sloppy police and judicial (if the courts were even given a chance to be involved!) work.

Our rights are slipping down the drain, and no one seems to care.

Wait until this kind of BS happens to you, then you might understand?

Peace on Earth!" Jan 11, 10 5:02 PM

PS -- Please click on "more" link under comment above to view previous post. Why 27east has chosen to shorten the comments viewable on-screen is not clear." Jan 11, 10 5:33 PM

Hey Bayman1,

Post the information requested, and give us all permission to make the anonymous call to have a roadblock set up for you!

This is not a TV show for Mr. Bousson, at this point, and it is likely IMO that his Constitutional rights were violated.

Again, post your personal information and permission for anyone in the country to make the call to CrimeStoppers.

If you are unwilling to do this, please explain why." Jan 12, 10 1:30 PM

East Hampton harbormaster resigns after marijuana arrest

Chief Sarris says "probable cause?"

"Reasonable suspicion" to STOP the vehicle based solely on an anonymous phone call? Maybe.

"Consent" to search? Not voluntary IMO. Did the police record the conversation of "consent" and if not why not?

"Probable Cause" to search vehicle without consent, based solely on an anonymous call? No way IMO. The specificity of the information concerned basic info. about the driver and vehicle. If this is probable cause because it was specific, then throw the Constitution out the window.

If Mr. Bousson wants to fight this, I doubt if the search will stand up in court. Of COURSE the PD chief will say it was legal!" Jan 13, 10 12:43 PM

Trustees reject mayor's attempt to add seven resolutions after walk-out in Westhampton Beach

Ditto -- publishing a PDF here would be a good move IMO for this site and the Press, and would benefit the public immensely. " Jan 14, 10 12:46 PM

East Hampton harbormaster resigns after marijuana arrest

Bayman1,

I disagree on the procedural search and seizure issues -- a very questionable search IMO (based on the facts we know at least). With a fully vested pension, why stick around to slug it out with myopic bureaucrats whose egos are on the line?

The harm done to The Constitution's protections against unreasonable searches and seizures since 9/11 is sad indeed, especially given that those in charge of protecting our rights ARE the ones doing the damage. Very short-term nearsighted vision IMO.

All they had to do was hold the vehicle and get a warrant. Real simple. Real quick. If anything, the failure to do this suggests that the PD KNEW they would NOT be able to get a warrant!

Sad indeed." Jan 14, 10 1:00 PM

Lt. William Hughes named Republican nominee for vacant Southampton Town Board seat

Is it normal to put the rank of a police officer in the headline for an article not related to his or her police duties?

Maybe for an active duty military officer, but ???" Jan 14, 10 7:19 PM

Former Southampton Supervisor Linda Kabot writes to state comptroller about maladministration

Please remove these two mugs from the top of the news page!" Jan 18, 10 6:16 PM

Southampton councilwoman accuses supervisor of trying to 'control' her

So -- it was Ms. Graboski who could not make the organizational meeting scheduled for Tuesday 1/5/10, and Ms. Throne-Holst knew this on 12/28/09 when she sent out the press release posted with another article?" Jan 21, 10 4:55 PM

To the new Town Board --

You work for us.

Perform in harmony please.

We are watching." Jan 22, 10 5:54 PM

Nancy,

No anger please.

We are watching." Jan 25, 10 7:15 PM

To repeat to the Town Board:

You work for US.

Anger poisons.

We are watching." Jan 25, 10 7:17 PM

Tucker Geery of Montauk dies at 54

Having surfed 3's in the late 60's, before the jetty re-alignment, I can picture them them there, and in the curls beyond. Rest in Peace." Jan 25, 10 7:27 PM

Oddone sentencing postponed

Thanks for the update Michael.

Has a Notice of Appeal been filed? Does the time limit for this filing start when the conviction is announced, or when the sentencing takes place?

Have any new motions been filed, especially regarding juror misconduct?

Thanks again for your fine coverage of this matter." Jan 27, 10 1:50 PM

Poxabogue restaurant faces ouster

Come on, Anna, take the reins on this!

Mr. Murray's Fairway is an asset which should not be lost.

It's the only fair way!" Jan 27, 10 6:49 PM

MTA plans to shut down train service to the North Fork

Peconic County.

Peconic County Regional Transportation Authority.

Sounds good to me.

Time to take back our rights." Jan 27, 10 6:52 PM

Southampton Town is prepared to withdraw lawsuit over Aldrich Lane park

Is Mr. Berkoski's appointment even legal?

Anna, please take the reins on this." Jan 27, 10 7:03 PM

Trustees cry foul after DEC relaxes restrictions along Peconic River

Eric, looks like you hit a fowl ball on this one. No follow-up equals disappointment when dealing with a state agency.

We need more proactive work from OUR paid representatives.

Did the DEC publish the required legal notices, as they are quoted above? If so, who dropped the ball in failing to see them?

If the DEC did NOT publish the required notices, please sue them to stop the approval.

Is there another logical alternative here?" Jan 27, 10 7:42 PM

Southampton councilwoman accuses supervisor of trying to 'control' her

Hey Frank,

Thanks for all of your insights and comments on the forums here. I hope that the editors do not delete the following comment as a personal attack, which it is not, but I could not resist.

"Re: OTB -- Get Wheeler, Frank!"

Have a good weekend." Jan 28, 10 8:54 PM

Southampton Town Board comes to compromise on committee

Anna, take the reins!

The appointment of any person without going through an interview process is reprehensible, as you KNOW.

Are you already thinking about getting re-elected, or doing the right thing?

Follow your heart.

Submit a motion to cancel the appointment, and open up interviews for human beings of all colors, genders, and so forth.

If not, please post here or issue a press release justifying the appointment in question.

Take the reins !!!" Jan 28, 10 9:07 PM

Oddone guilty of first-degree manslaughter, jury announces Monday

Freedom of Speech is Good.

Sentencing postponed to March." Jan 31, 10 8:51 PM

Southampton Town Comptroller Wright reappointed

Another good example of the new administration working together, after experiencing growing pains at the outset.

To the Town Board -- you work for US.

WE ARE WATCHING for inefficiencies and non-cooperation, trust me.

Please move beyond partisanship to effect solutions in the best interests of the Town.

Thank you for your willingness to serve on the Town Board." Feb 1, 10 3:09 PM

Hampton Bays selects new superintendent

To quote the article above:

"Ms. Loewenthal earned a base salary of $213,500, plus benefits, for total compensation of $265,713 as superintendent."

???

Are the compensation figures above accurate? For an annual salary?

Plus what is the retirement package going to cost the district?

Where do I apply for a job?

No wonder our local school districts and municipalities are teetering on the edge of bankruptcy !!!" Feb 1, 10 6:06 PM

Westhampton Beach board member, father of Village Police chief, exchange words in supermarket

This is a joke, right?

What is wrong with the drinking water in WHB? This question is not a joke BTW.

Why can't two adults act like adults?

Why is the world at war?

Go to WHB Waldbaums I guess." Feb 2, 10 6:25 PM

Questions are raised over Town Board candidate's fund-raising restrictions

Bill Hughes,

Time to withdraw from the campaign.

Sam Jenny, former STPD Chief, would have wanted this IMO.

We are watching." Feb 3, 10 5:59 PM

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