Staties caught a real dummy in the HOV lane today

State Police report a trooper monitoring traffic in the inbound HOV lane on I-93 in Charlestown this morning thought the passenger in one car looked a little off:

Trooper [Todd] Glidden motioned for the driver to pull over, but he kept driving.

Trooper Kevin O'Brien, who was working enforcement at the opposite end of the HOV lane, also motioned for the driver to pull over.... he still didn't.

Trooper Glidden located and stopped the driver a short distance away. The driver, a 44-year-old man from Reading, was cited for the HOV violation and failure to stop for a police officer.

Please remember, the HOV (High Occupancy Vehicle) lane is for two or more (actual) human beings.

What comes in must go out

Joshua Fabian watched one of the Tall Ships departing Boston today.

Neil watched another:

Being sickened by sight of Donald Trump not good enough reason for lawsuit against him, judge rules

A federal judge today tossed a Plymouth woman's suit against Donald Trump for allegedly causing her great anguish, ruling, essentially, come on now.

Rossi Wade had sought $1 billion in damages in her suit, filed in US District Court in Boston in March. She alleged that from the time he announced his candidacy in 2015:

I have experienced loss of enjoyment of life, I have been tormented by the thought of him, as well as, sight and the sound of his voice frightens me, I am unable to sleep, focus or believe in a secure future for myself and daughter.

In his ruling, Judge George O'Toole sited actual legal reasons why he was tossing the suit, from the concept of sovereign immunity to a 1982 Supreme Court case involving Richard Nixon:

The President of the United States enjoys broad, absolute immunity Presidential immunity from civil suits for damages for his official acts within the outer perimeter of his authority.

Also, she presented no evidence that Trump was negligent specifically towards her:

To the extent that plaintiff brings a claim for President Trump’s conduct prior to his presidency, she has failed to allege a duty owed to her by President Trump. Furthermore, as to a claim based upon “strict liability” plaintiff has failed to allege any factual or legal basis that would support a claim for strict liability.

Finally, federal law requires that anybody who wants to sue the government first has to file a claim with the agency in question. Wade, O'Toole wrote, showed no proof she had submitted a claim to the White House.

Annie Dookhan could be paying for her crimes for a long time: Judge awards $2.1-million judgment to one of her victims

A federal judge recently awarded a $2.1 million verdict to a man who spent nearly 16 months in jail after disgraced state chemist Annie Dookhan testified the substance police found on him was cocaine.

Dookhan never appeared in federal court to contest Leonardo Johnson's suit. Johnson, 53, was arrested in 2008 on a charge of distribution of cocaine in a school zone, convicted after a trial at which Dookhan testified she had tested the substance and found it to be cocaine, and sentenced to two years in the Suffolk County House of Correction.

That's about the same length of sentence Dookhan got for falsifying thousands of test results at the state lab in Jamaica Plain.

"The substance which served as the basis for this sentence was not, in fact, cocaine, but Defendant Dookhan - a chemist at the William A. Hinton State Laboratory - falsely certified and testified otherwise," US District Court Judge Indira Talwani wrote in an order setting out the amount of the verdict. Talwani based her decision in large part on Johnson's affidavit, in which he detailed the travails he suffered in jail - from rodent droppings in food to fights with cellmates - and the difficulties he has faced since getting work and a place to live:

Plaintiff credibly describes his anger, frustration, helplessness, and despair at being falsely accused, falsely convicted, and falsely imprisoned. He tells of threats to his person, stints in solitary confinement, fights, deprivations of dignity, and disconnection from family and friends.

Plaintiff further avers that his false conviction contributed to post-incarceration difficulties, including unemployment and homelessness.

Based on this record, judgment will be entered in favor of Plaintiff and against Defendant Dookhan.

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