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Friday, January 12, 2007

January clearance post

In recent days we have received a couple of e-mails that purport to be from Gregg Clapper, the well known operative of the right wing of Oregon's Republican Party. These messages point out to us that the animal poaching charges against Mark Hemstreet, his wife, his daughter, and Clapper have been dismissed, and they direct us to this Oregonian story on the subject, which we had not seen. Since we made light of the situation two years ago when the story first broke, Clapper thinks we should report the dismissal of the charges here. And so now we have.

No word in the story or the e-mails about the marijuana-related charges that were reported against Clapper, which was actually what cracked us up most about the whole episode originally. Apparently, that part of the case is still pending on appeal.

While we're discussing people being cleared, let's also take note that while we reported the state ethics investigation a while back into Multnomah County Commissioner Maria Rojo de Steffey on conflict of interest charges, we didn't make mention of the fact that those charges were dismissed. In fact, they were.

Comments (14)

Deadeye Dick Cheney says he likes to DRINK beer when he hunts, while throaty (but definitely not sexy) Gregg Clapper likes to smoke MARIJUANA when he goes hunting, according to poilice.

Hunting small, defenseless animals while getting stoned to the gills is the American way, people.

Pull!

Bang.

No, Clapper was not charged with being under the influence, at any time, anywhere. It was a possession charge, and as I say, it's reported to be under appeal.

I stand corrected.

Police found a used pipe and some weed at Clapper's apartment and got 127 lame excuses from Gregg, which is why cops refuse to drop the charges.

Sounds like another example of unreasonable search and selective enforcement to me.

I'm surprised to see Daphne accepting the Jack-booted story at face value.

The cops are the bad guys, remember.

What I've heard is that the police found a pipe with some "residue" in it. But apparently not enough residue for the crime lab to even test. No indication of when the pipe was last used, much less who it even belonged to (I heard through the grapevine that it didn't belong to Clapper, but he wasn't interested in implicating a family member).

Whatever the case, the whole reason for the search warrant was to find evidence of illegal hunting, but no such evidence was uncovered and those charges were dismissed.

I guess what you have is some frustrated cops clinging to an old (alleged) pot pipe for some validation of their wasted efforts.

That's kind of disturbing.

Charges dismissed AFTER Hemstreet paid $3000 in fines.

Once on his radio show he struck out against being called a right winger. My impression is that he is liberal on the social issues and conservative on financial issues. He is definately NOT from the religous wing of the Rs.

I don't think that he worked on any of the social issues ballot measures. I only know of financial ones and I think he was on the pro side of Dr. prescriptions for sucide use, hardly a big time R issue.

Thanks
JK

thank you for this,Jack...I appreciate your sense of fair play. The cops lied and admitted as much. There was no pot. And there was some very shitty reporting. I don't care what your political beliefs are, the cops had no right to do what they did. After two years, all hunting charges have been dismissed. They had no proof 2 years ago and the judge forced them to admit they had no proof now. The bullshit pot charge will also soon be dismissed. There was no pot. There were pipes stored in a box from years ago. Do you honestly believe that lacking political motivation, 3 state troopers wearing flack jackets would have swarmed my home and charged me with having a couple of pipes with residue? If I wasn't Gregg Clapper, there would have been no charges. The disturbing part is reading the uninformed crap from those like Daphne. If the state cops can use the justice system to come after me because I criticized the obscene level of funding for their pensions, maybe some day they'll come after one of you. Will you make light of it then?

Amen. And you should be thankful it wasn't the fire department coming for you.

If the state cops can use the justice system to come after me because I criticized the obscene level of funding for their pensions, maybe some day they'll come after one of you. Will you make light of it then?

Probably not.

Daphne,

Police found a used pipe and some weed at Clapper's apartment and got 127 lame excuses from Gregg, which is why cops refuse to drop the charges.

How does that square with your comment on another post admonishing someone with whom you disagree to:

Prove that baseless accusation, with real evidence, or stick a sock in it, pal, because a modem is a terrible thing to waste.

Ironic, that.

tee-hee

Yo Clapper...

I'd like to hear more from you on this.

Has this incident changed your views about Measure 11 -- and other "tough on crime" measures?

After all, most of the people sitting in Oregon's prisons these days are folks busted on minor drug crimes. Surely, some of them are akin to your "bullshit pot charge" - or just a bit less BS.

Kari,

M11 doesn't address drug crimes, just certain violent crimes.

You can fully support M11 and still think the drug war is (mostly) a crock.

I do.


To quote KC and the Sunshine Band:

After all, most of the people sitting in Oregon's prisons these days are folks busted on minor drug crimes.

To quote Daphne:

Prove that baseless accusation, with real evidence, or stick a sock in it, pal, because a modem is a terrible thing to waste.

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