Confronting Judicial Red Tape

BY+ZOE+SERBIN

BY ZOE SERBIN

BY ZOE SERBIN

Southern California drivers are becoming victims of a flawed legal system.
Senior Alex Louden was recently subject to the inconsistent court system in Beverly Hills.
After running red light in Beverly Hills, Alex discovered that his actions were photographed by a security camera located at the intersection.
He proceeded to respond to court orders and spent multiple hours facing California’s flawed legal system.
The Beverly Hills courts misplaced Louden’s ticket, so they had no proof of its existence.
Additionally, the constitutionality of security cameras at intersections is being disputed throughout California because such cameras qualify as hearsay in court and cannot be properly authenticated.
Yet, Alex was still obligated to pay the fine for an allegedly unconstitutional law and endure what he describes as the “needless pain” of working with the government.
Such flaws in Southern California’s legal system have recently made their appearance in Santa Barbara as well.
Police officer Kasi Beutel is under investigation by the Santa Barbara court system for the validity of her DUI arrest forms.
According to News-Press City Editor Scott Steepleton, “Officer Kasi Beutel used photocopied Driving Under the Influence Report forms, in which questions about a suspected drunken driver being under a doctor’s care, when he or she last slept and whether both eyes were tracking were filled in by the officer in advance.”
Mr. Peter Lance, journalist of this DUI fraud news series, is an Officer Beutel arrest victim.
Last New Year’s Day, MR. Lance was pulled over and arrested by Officer Beutel based on the accusation that he had been driving with a blood alcohol level of .09.
Mr. Lance is confronting his DUI charges and accusing Officer Beutel of “alleged misconduct on her part, including rigging the Breathalyzer test and witnessing the forging of his name on a waiver to have a sample of blood held for future retesting.”
By waiving Mr. Lance’s right to a blood test, Officer Beutel essentially destroyed any chance Lance had at dropping his DUI charges.
Mr. Lance’s defense attorney hired a handwriting expert who, through infrared technology, concluded that Officer Beutel did, “use photocopied forms during DUI stops.”
“We have a policy to complete accurate, thorough, and truthful reports. I’ve uncovered no information about Officer Beutel to suggest she’s done anything other than that,” Department Chief Deputy Mannix says.
According to Mr. Lance and other DUI victims in Santa Barbara, Officer Beutel has been committing fraud on her DUI arrest forms.
As certain trends have indicated, legal officials across California have been playing the system and subjecting unsuspecting civilians to a judicial system riddled with miscommunication and inconsistencies.