One of the latest fads in law enforcement is charge stacking in which they throw the book at anyone caught doing something the government disapporves
of in order to ensure the maximum fines and jailtime for when they obtain a conviction. This also comes in handy when extorting a plea bargain out of
some hapless defendant.
The latest attempt to add to this phenomenon is occuring right in my home state of Pa where they are trying to make it an additional crime to have a
secret compartment in your car and use it for the comission of a crime.
House Passes Bill On ‘Secret Compartments’ In Cars
The state House has passed a bill that would outlaw “secret” compartments in vehicles that are used in criminal activity.
The bill would make it a crime to have a “false or secret” compartment in a vehicle with the intent to use the compartment criminally. A false or
secret compartment is defined as an enclosure integrated into a vehicle that represents a modification of the vehicle as originally built by the
But opponents argued, among other things, that the bill could open the door to unreasonable searches by law enforcement. The bill now goes to the
It seems to me that this law is outlawing the compartments solely for the reason that they make the poor wittle police officer's jobs more
Next, they'll want all criminals to register with the gubment and submit their plans for criminal activities a week in advance or
face additional charges if they get caught.
It reminds me of another Pa law; Possessing instruments of
"Instrument of crime." Any of the following:
(1) Anything specially made or specially adapted for
(2) Anything used for criminal purposes and possessed by
the actor under circumstances not manifestly appropriate for
lawful uses it may have.
Under that statute, anything you have on you when arrested for something in Pa could result in this charge being brought. Wearing dark pants? Another
charge. Carrying a pocket knife? Yet another charge until they have hundreds stacked against you and you are facing decades in jail for comitting even
the smallest of crimes.
I don't see why its not good enough to charge a person with the crime they were caught for without having to dump on all sorts of aditional,
unnecessary, trumped up charges? Its all about making money for the gubment, incarcreating as many folks as possible to get them in the system and
take away their rights to vote or own weapons.
This also opens the door to intrusive police searches of vehicles and gives the police the opening to ask if there are any "secret compartments"
inside the vehicle they are searching. Never mind the fact that a person may have perfectly legitimate reasons for having one on their vehicle such as
if they carry large amounts of cash or want to hide expensive electronics if they go into a bad neighborhood.
You can bet, if you answer in the affermative to the loaded question, they will upgrade their search and dig in every nook and cranny, all the while
asking "what do you have to hide, if you weren't guilty of something, you wouldn't need to hide anything", thereby implying that having the
compartment is an indicator that you must be a criminal of some type.
It will also give them more "cause" to confiscate whatever they find under civil forfeiture laws under the assumption that it must be involved is
some type of criminal activity if you wanted to keep it hidden.
Then, God help you if you say "no" and they find one anyway. They'll probably haul you off for impeding a police investigation or some other such
trumped up charge even though they have no proof you ever comitted a crime or intended the compartment for any type of illegal activity.
All because they had to add one more unnecessary law to the books to keep us enslaved. Expect to see this law coming to a state near you.