Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Cops To Return $1M To Stripper!
FROM ABC NEWS AND MANY OTHER SOURCES:
“A federal judge has ruled that Nebraska cops must return over $1 million confiscated at a traffic stop from a woman who saved the money $1 at a time during her 15 year career as an exotic dancer.
“The money belongs to Tara Mishra, 33, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., who began putting aside her earnings when she started dancing at age 18….”
In March 2012, state troopers pulled over Rajesh and Marina Dheri, of Montville, N.J., for speeding. (They were Mishra’s friends and had been given the cash so they could buy a nightclub in New Jersey. Mishra was to own half of the business and the Dheris would own the other half.)
Mishra had packaged the money in $10,000 bundles tied with hair bands and placed in plastic bags, and it was stashed in the trunk of the Dheri’s rented car, which the Dheris were driving to Chicago.
A state trooper asked the Dheris if he could search their vehicle.
They said yes! True, Mishra is getting the money back with interest, but all this could have been avoided. If this ever happens to you, here is an answer I suggest you memorize:
“With all due respect, officer, my attorney has told me to never allow a search without a search warrant.” If you feel the urge to elaborate, say “I will not discuss this any further unless in the presence of my lawyer.”
If the cop starts to get nasty, say, “Are you detaining me, officer? If not, am I free to go?” Repeat those two questions as many times as needed. If the officer has written you a ticket, sign it. You will then be allowed to go.