If you’ve read our coverage of the past county council meetings you know that Billy has advocated for a People’s Court. We’ve talked previously about how way out of the scope of his legislative powers this idea lies. But alas:
So let us try to explain this to you Sir! The County Executive is the Executive Branch of the County Government. The Executive Branch is responsible for enforcing the laws. The court system is the Judicial Branch. The branch responsible for solving disputes between citizens and the county, citizens and citizens, etc and so on. Your job, as a county council member, falls under the LEGISLATIVE BRANCH. You are responsible for making laws! You have the power to craft legislation. If this still isn’t clear watch these two videos:
Or if you prefer going old school, there’s always School House Rock. Maybe a song will make it stick!
Now your Lady Yokels are going to have some fun imagining what would occur if such a People’s Court should come to fruition.
Let’s imagine an upstanding citizen can no longer take the fact that his neighbor keeps using his side yard as a toilet!
Shreve: What brings you here to Frederick’s People’s Court?
Plantiff Hatfield: My no account next door neighbor will not stop peeing in his yard. I’ve called Jan Gardner, but for some reason she won’t sit in the bushes with me and wait for it to happen again. It’s frightening the missus and making an unsightly brown patch that has migrated onto my property.
Defendant McCoy: It’s my property! And my wife said I could do it!
Shreve: You said you called Jan Gardner and she refused to come out? See how unresponsive our county government…
County Lawyer (Or anyone who paid attention during their high school civics class): If I may interject. There are public decency laws in play here. Next time the offending neighbor is urinating you have the option to call the Sheriff. The Deputy can then issue a citation.Then the offender will have to go through the already well established court system to receive his punishment. Have you tried that route?
Plantiff Hatfield: Billy you said you could help!
Just imagine that scenario over and over and over again no matter what the complaint! Billy you can certainly help the public when it comes to changing or making a law to remedy an ill. However, you do not have the power (or the temperament, or the experience, or the knowledge) to adjudicate disputes!!!! Maybe schedule a lunch with Scott Rolle so he can explain it all to you!
2 thoughts on “Time for your favorite game: Doubling Down on the Dumb Dumbs with Billy Shreve!”
Billy Shreve should be careful what he wishes for about draining swamps. They drain from the bottom
up. The other interesting thing about the plaintiff in our case stated he has been putting up with this nuisance for 20 years, and complaining about the issue the whole time! I immediately asked myself,
If the old BOCC was so citizen service oriented, why didn’t they handle the problem 6 years ago. Blaine Young would have thrown the poor guy out of the BOCC meeting without even extending the courtesy that Bud showed our plaintiff. The strategy of the minority on our council is to try to make Jan Gardner look bad for the next election. Unfortunately, Jan is upsetting their apple cart by excelling
in her County Executive position by her seeking the involvement of the citizenry in local issues, seeking a long term plan for a livable Frederick, solid financial management, her constant information
meetings (fireside chats), and her fulfillment of her campaign promises. How do we know these plaintiffs are for real? The only thing that Kirby and Billy, and Tony do is nothing. They are nothing but political obstructionists bent on slowing the true progress for the rest of us. But I guess turkeys always act out around Thanksgiving.