I don't know what happened here and, though I'm inclined to give the benefit of doubt to the cops -even the Boston Municipal cops- I'm not trying to sort it our here. But this is a novel legal theory on which to base jurisdiction to arrest, if there are indeed statutory restrictions on their police powers:
''They naturally have jurisdiction in their police cruisers if someone assaults them," [BMPD police spokesman John Boyle] said.
Yeah, naturally. 'Cause that's how the law works. It's just sort of whatever you want it to be. Look, there may be common law guidance on this. Perhaps there's a Supreme Judicial Court decision. I don't know, and I haven't looked it up. But "naturally" doesn't cut it.
Note: I spent a few minutes researching this, but was unable to find the citation to the law or regulation creating and empowering the BMPD. Anyone care to provide guidance?
John Daley looks at the Boston Globe's article on time and thinks about standing at the Genius Bar. Of course, I went right to the valet parking:
Rosenfield, the MIT lecturer, said that as long as the cost is not
exorbitant, he is willing to pay if he can save more of his personal
time. But for some reason he draws the line at paying a parking valet.
''I don't like valet parking as a matter of course," he said.
No shit. They ruin your car. MIT-guy is obviously bright enough to figure that out.
Continuing the dumb-ass with a supercar theme, I stumbled across this unhappy Ford GT on a Spanish language weblog. I can't read a word of it, but the point is pretty clear from the photos. It may originally have run on Jalopnik, but I link to where I see it first.
Original source and photo credit here, I think, along with details.
On one hand, she shouldn't be in the country; she knowingly violated the immigration rules and should be deported as a consequence. On the other hand, I know plenty of immigration-violators who are released on their own recognizance and I fail to see what is gained by her detention pending deportation. Tough situation, I agree. But there's a point to be made here.
Just because "She exemplifies the kind of person we want as a U.S. citizen," doesn't mean she can flout the law. I know a doctor from Canada who plays visa games. She's a good person otherwise. But she once lied to the US Customs Inspector at the border and was turned away when caught in the lie. She was angry at him. As if the fact that she wants to be here,by itself, entitles her to get in. We have immigration rules. Follow the damn things and you can get here, especially if you're a professional. But if you break them, you're just another criminal.