Friday, December 25, 2015


Apparently the ABC does not feel like they need a warrant, court order or subpoena to obtain cellphone records of a suspected bootlegger. 

Now this is not a bootlegger like you have seen on TV shows...

it's more like a nail salon that keeps a box of wine so that a customer can have a complementary glass of some ripple while getting their nails done. 

Next thing you know, ABC Enforcement agents will be rolling in wearing bullet proof vests, guns drawn, raiding the Arkansas Arts Center and arresting center employees and patrons for having a glass of bubbly at the Christmas Art Exhibition.

So the ABC received a complaint (usually made by someone pissed off at someone else, e.g., jilted lover or ex-employee) about a suspected bootlegger.  Instead of going through a local judge to obtain an order or subpoena or using their own subpoena power to legally obtain records, the ABC used the "good old boy" system and an enforcement agent an enforcement agent here in Arkansas got in touch with a buddy in Tennessee that works for federally funded organization, the Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS) Program / Regional Organized Crime Information Center (ROCIC) and got them to get records.

Does the ABC routinely obtain information on Arkansas citizens without obtaining the necessary legal documents to prevent a violation of individual rights? Probably not.  With a tainted director of Enforcement with a 15 year history of lying and dishonest behavior you can expect the worst.