Bounty hunter update
What you posted is a blog thing...written by a guy no different from some of the folks here. What he has to say could be just as bogus as a Cham spirit guide sighting, just as skewed as a Taraka report.
You know what? I agree. I'd love to hear the bounty hunters' side! I dearly want to hear how they could justify ignoring multiple forms of ID in favor of a blurry picture when Mrs. Santana didn't even look much like the suspect. (For example, Mrs. Santana has a mole on her cheek; the suspect does not.) I'd really like to know why, when it finally sank into their thick skulls that this was the wrong woman, they didn't behave honorably but instead threatened her:
After learning they had the wrong woman, the "supervisor" poked his head into the van, "and told me he was going to be very good to me," Santana said. "But if I started crying, he might change his mind and not let me go."
He took off her handcuffs, shoved her out of the van and threw her identification papers after her. Then the men jumped into the front seat and drove off, she said.
These bounty hunters were so dopey that one of them walked into the Rutherford police station a few days after the botched abduction, carrying an unlicensed pistol loaded with illegal hollow-nosed bullets. Yep, he was arrested and faces five years in prison if convicted.
Unfortunately, in the case of New Jersey (and a few other states), it's the law, or rather lack of law, regulating bounty hunters that allows them to operate in such a manner. In essence, there is no oversight or law covering bounty hunting. There have been multiple attempts to pass legislation to regulate bounty hunters in the state, but even efforts to require something as basic as criminal background checks and fingerprinting have failed thus far. There is presently a bill working its way through the New Jersey legislature that would would require that bounty hunters who want to operate in New Jersey be licensed by the State Police; have five years of experience with a law enforcement agency; pass a criminal background check; and have an office in the state. It may not be enough, but it's a start in terms of preventing such an abuse happening again. Hopefully, the publicity surrounding this case will finally give the legislature the kick in the pants it apparently needs to pass such common sense legislation.
And, despite my previously expressed dislike of jumping straight to litigation, this case still remains one example where legal action is warranted--nay, demanded. I still hope that the bounty hunters are arrested and tried for kidnapping and that Mrs. Santana sues the pants off the bail bond company and the Borough of Rutherford. She's being way too nice by only asking for an apology and that the bounty hunters lose their jobs. If it had been me or one of my family members, I'd be filing a complaint with the police and demanding that the prosecutor try these guys for kidnapping. If that failed, then I'd find the biggest, nastiest shark I could and go after the town and bail bond company.