Sheriff can't make up rules for Crook County


Published Jan 30, 2013 at 04:00AM / Updated Nov 19, 2013 at 12:31AM

In an article about sheriffs lining up against proposals for some changes to gun laws, you quote a letter from Crook County Sheriff Jim Hensley with the following excerpt: “Any federal regulation enacted by Congress or by executive order of the President offending the constitutional rights of my citizens shall not be enforced by me or my deputies.”

Wow! What exactly did Hensley agree to when he was sworn in as sheriff?

Is he a constitutional scholar? Can he just make up rules for Crook County?

What about the people he serves? Should they just ignore the law also, if they feel it might violate some amendment to the Constitution? Maybe he feels .08 percent alcohol in blood levels is not enough to be considered impaired. Just have Sheriff Jim arrest only .12 percent and above.

If it’s anarchy he’s proposing, then he should not be in law enforcement. There are plenty of other groups out there that might want him as a paid spokesman.

Alan Pachtman

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