Friday, April 28, 2006

And Justice for All?

There are so many things wrong with this story that someone should buy the movie rights:
According to [Connersville Police Department Detective Jason] Richardson, [Michael J.} Templeton, [Christopher D.] Hottman and [Billie J.] Erlewein were told by [Lloyd W.] Ailes that he was delivering a large quantity of crack cocaine from Dayton, Ohio.

So far so good (though we all know the best city for crack is Cincinnati, not Dayton).
Erlewein opened the door and Templeton entered and robbed Ailes at gunpoint, taking one gram of crack cocaine, Richardson said.

Now, if you were told a "large quantity," would you steal only one gram and consider it done? Neither would they:
Templeton asked Ailes where the rest of the drugs were as both men were outside the residence at that time, apparently believing more drugs were in a vehicle.

While I don't know the street value of one gram of crack in the Midwest, the next move is literally priceless
Ailes contacted City Police about 5 a.m. and said he had been robbed, Richardson said. [emphasis mine]

Because the police are always an aspiring drug dealer's best friend. It's about to become a very expensive gram:
Templeton was charged with possession of cocaine and robbery and was lodged in Fayette Jail under $12,000 bond.

Hottman was charged with robbery and jailed under $10,000 bond.

Erlewein was charged with robbery and neglect of a dependent and was lodged in jail under $12,000 bond.

Two children were taken from her residence by the Division of Family and Children Services.

Ailes was charged with dealing in cocaine and lodged in FCJ under $10,000 bond.

Standard economic theory, which tells us that people make rational decisions, may not have applied.


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