Thursday, November 21, 2013

The past is another country, they do things differently there

In 1935, in a town in New Jersey called Scotch Plains, there was a dispute over an eminent domain taking for the purpose of running a high-tension line that ended in the resisting landowner being shot and his wife killed by sheriff's deputies when they attempted to serve a court order on him in regards to his pastime of tossing metal onto the lines to short them out. That’s not the odd thing. The odd thing is that the 3 law enforcement officers were prosecuted for the shootings, and the prosecutor evidently wanted to throw the book at them. If anyone can find more details, I’d be grateful.

http://fultonhistory.com/newspaper%2011/New%20York%20Evening%20Post/New%20York%20NY%20Evening%20Post%201936%20Grayscale/New%20York%20NY%20Evening%20Post%201936%20Grayscale%20-%201300.pdf

http://fultonhistory.com/newspaper%2011/New%20York%20Evening%20Post/New%20York%20NY%20Evening%20Post%201936%20Grayscale/New%20York%20NY%20Evening%20Post%201936%20Grayscale%20-%201271.pdf

And if you have a Time login (I do not, so I don’t know if there’s resolution in this article)

http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,755065,00.html

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