Black attorney gets detained because sheriff thinks he's just pretending to be a lawyer

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Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2019/03/27/black-attorney-gets-detained-b.html

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#2

Name the sheriff’s deputy.

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#3

This is why I have friends from Baltimore that are afraid to leave the city and be in rural areas.

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#4

Hell I am as pasty fucking white as one can be and I am not all that comfortable going outside the city.

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#5

The investigation can be limited to two pretty clear questions:

(1) how many other people has this deputy detained on suspicion of impersonating an attorney; and
(2) how many of those people have not been people of color?

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Harford County (and several other horrid backwards areas along the coast) is a major reason that the US East Coast mega-city, often postulated in science fiction. will never happen.

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By the way, if you’re ever traveling along that stretch of US interstate 95, do not stop in Rising Sun.

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#8

Sundown Town?

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Who cares if he was a lawyer or not? Can you not represent yourself in court? Is it illegal to pretend to be a lawyer? I mean, lawyers pretend to be people, so turnabout is fair play.

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Like that’ll help: “Oh you could have printed these yourself.” Once that basic racist assumption is toggled, there no amount of evidence that can’t be explained away with a big enough conspiracy theory.

eta:

Firefighter uniform and fire truck? He might have stolen them…

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(This was intended to be a reply to Melz2 (above) about sundown towns. I don’t know what happened)

In my experience, yes. As well as “Boy, we don’t like the way you talk” regardless of skin tone (being lily white myself). I have distant cousins there (look up my earlier post about visitn). When I was a kid, it didn’t seem to matter so much. By the time I was 14 or so, I dreaded any mention of the place.

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#13

The officer asked for a business card as proof? Yeah, good thing you can’t get one of those unless you’re an actual lawyer.

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#14

The sheriff is going to love the pretend lawsuit that gets served.

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“Happens to be black” implies that blackness is a minor detail, not really an important part of the story.

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#16

Lawyering while Black? Or just “Trying to make a living while Black?” Either is purty durn suspishus

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It’s my understanding that if you actually practice law without a license, it is generally a crime in most jurisdictions. Just calling yourself a lawyer isn’t a crime. I suppose since he was in court, it could have been an actual concern. But let’s be real, this was a racial issue.

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#18

I second that. I have a neighbor who works for the department in Harford County. Wouldn’t surprise me in the least to learn that he’s the one. I haven’t spoken to him since the riots in Baltimore a few years back when he tried complaining to me about “those animals” and other less acceptable descriptions. He seemed upset when I pointed out that, though I was white like him, I found his language far out of bounds.

shrug

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If you don’t have a license, t’s illegal to put yourself forth as a lawyer, to represent others, prepare legal documents for others, and the like. Representing yourself is fine…which means that even if he had been the client here, it would have been fine.

(Caveat: Haven’t looked up the specific state laws here, but this is what’s generally the case. From what I can tell, the state laws that vary seem to do so in the direction of allowing non-lawyers to do certain specific tasks, such as preparing documents.)

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People, people! Let us please look on the bright side. Mr lawyer fella wasn’t shot! amirite?
no beat down? progress people! PROGRESS! (do I have to put the /snark tag here? I do? geez)

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