Court rules that DEA Does Not Have to Pay Damages To Company After Agents Secretly Enlisted Its Driver To Participate In Drug Sting Resulting In His Death and Heavy Damage To Truck

When the government protects itself from the most heinous, morally reprehensible and negligent acts of its agencies and agents in clear violation of the Constitution (here taking both life and property without due process) then the result is that none of us can feel secure from it, none of us have redress through the courts because that redress has been made moot. And boondoggles like this and Fast and Furious become common place, bad ideas that nobody stops before people die because they know neither they nor their agency will in any way ever be held responsible.

Yes – This is what the War on Drugs, and Yes, even the War on Terror net you. Ideas that sounded good on paper, but ultimately were just excuses for overreaching Executive police powers, the loss of Liberty, and the erosion of Civil Rights.

Once these things are gone they can not be reclaimed.

JONATHAN TURLEY

Lee.Rosenthal4224622x350There is a troubling case out of Houston that shows the continuing immunity of the government from even lethal acts of negligence. In Patty v. United States, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 54871A, Plaintiff Steven Craig Patty sought damages in a bizarre case where the DEA paid one of his drivers, without his knowledge, to participate in a highly dangerous drug sting with one of the most violent Mexican drug cartels. Lawrence Chapa, 53, (right) the driver, (who had been arrested in 2010 for possession of a controlled substance) was shot eight times. The sting went badly and resulted in the killing of Patty’s driver and shooting up his tractor-trailer. He claimed conversion, abuse of process, and constitutional torts, but U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal ruled that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is not liable to him even for the repair of this tractor-trailer. It is all an example…

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