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As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there's a twilight where everything remains seemingly unchanged, and it is in such twilight that we must be aware of change in the air, however slight, lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness. -- William O. Douglas

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Runaway Bride Indicted in Georgia today

Next scheduled appearance of Justice in Albuquerque . . .

"Mrs. Hogwallop done R-U-N-N-O-F-T."
Washington Hogwallop - O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Jennifer Wilbanks, the famed 'Runaway Bride' was officially charged today in Georgia for lying to the police and making false claims regarding her decision to run away from her upcoming wedding.

Thank heaven the Georgia Authorities had the presence of mind to uphold the law.

Unfortunately, we cannot expect the same of our local police force, the Albuquerque Police Department (APD). Motivated by the prospect of a positive photo opportunity after the black-eye they gave themselves in the recent Evidence Room Scandal, APD found a perfect opportunity to divert public attention away from the biggest scandal in their organization's history. They exploited the event to bolster their tarnished image as a 'kinder, gentler' police department who comforted the woman that wasted their valuable, limited resources and sent the police on a wild goose chase.

Instead of charging this woman for her willful and deliberate deception, the police gave her a teddy bear, a blanket to hide her from the public and an armed escort to the Airport. I didn't realize Jennifer Wilbanks life was in jeopardy. The escort she should have gotten was to the Metropolitan Detention Center. That is typically what happens to people who lie to police.

According to APD's official website, "Albuquerque's police officers are dedicated to upholding the constitution and laws of the State of New Mexico and the United States and the laws of the City of Albuquerque. Albuquerque Police officers strive to serve the community based on the following values: integrity, respect, pride and fairness."

I wonder, is APD going to cease charging people who lie to them about being kidnapped or raped from now on? Fair is fair. What happens when every attorney worth his salt in this town raises the "Runaway Bride' defense in front of our Magistrates? Let's see how that pans out.

Not too bad I would say; No one in APD was consequenced; no one was charged and no one will be prosecuted for evidence amounting to as high as $200,000.00 plus valuables, and drugs or evidence crucial to prosecution of who knows how many cases that remain unaccounted for and missing.


At Wed May 25, 02:14:00 PM MDT, Blogger Samir said...

I just hope Trish "hoochie mama" Arensfeld enjoyed her 15 minutes...

At Wed May 25, 02:30:00 PM MDT, Blogger The Voice said...

Trish Ahrensfeld has a job as a public information officer - She had no choice whether to be there or not - she is compelled to be their 'front man' (er front-woman?).

She had no choice when she was called down to the PD the morning Jennifer decided to lie.

From what I've seen of Sgt. Ahrensfeld, shes a good Officer and she always tells the truth.

The bigger problem is she was given her marching orders by a higher-up. Don't shoot the messenger.

Be Safe,


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