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Do you consider police fixing speeding tickets in exchange for KU basketball tickets to be bribery?

Response Percent Votes
91% 1049
5% 64
Not sure
2% 31
Total 1144


pace 5 years, 9 months ago

Those numbers are a relief to see. Nice so many different people can agree. Common ground.

Bob Forer 5 years, 9 months ago

Now lets hope Charles branson sees it the same way.

skinny 5 years, 9 months ago

Only if it was the actual Officer who stopped and wrote the speeding ticket accepted the basketball tickets in exchange for not issuing ticket. You have to know the facts of this case before you can answer this question.

JackMcKee 5 years, 9 months ago

whose fault is it that we don't have the facts to understand what happened?

JustNoticed 5 years, 9 months ago

It's general question. You don't have to know anything about a particular case although you have a point - that such details would make a difference if answering a more specific question.

aeroscout17 5 years, 9 months ago

"Bribery is the offer or acceptance of anything of value in exchange for influence on a government/public official or employee." Makes no difference if it was the officer issuing the ticket, a clerk or a judge. It is bribery!

Deb Engstrom 5 years, 9 months ago

People use forms of bribery all the time in many situations -- I have something you want and I you need to change your behavior to get it. Its no wonder it rises to this level on occasion. Doesn't make it right, just explains it a bit.

Richard Payton 5 years, 9 months ago

Stubhub has a few tickets for the Missouri game. It appears $500.00 will get nosebleed seats. The highest price tickets in the corner yesterday at $5,000 a piece weren't the best.

Mel Wedermyer 5 years, 9 months ago

Anything that benefits the police should be against the law. If it was above board and donated to a charity, then maybe not. But they already do pay double the fine and get diversion, so what is the difference.

bad_dog 5 years, 9 months ago

No, the person with the citation pays a double fine to have the ticket amended to a non-moving violation, thus not reportable to the insurance company. The difference is that the proceeds are still paid to the city/county, etc. rather than placed in a police officer's pocket. The legal authority gets twice as much fine related income plus the court costs.

Given what tickets sell for, I doubt a season-ticket holder would do this, unless it was a very serious offense. Now if you're stealing the tickets and have access to plenty more-that's a different story.

Beth Bird 5 years, 9 months ago

I didn't think that was legal. i asked about it when I got a ticket a long time ago in high school and was told that it was illegal to do that.

billbodiggens 5 years, 9 months ago

Its called a plea bargain. It is just another way for the County Attorney or City Attorfney to rip off the public when they are of the mind to do so. The main purpose is to not get into a situation wherein absolutely everyone wants a reduced charge. Thus the high price. he The wealthy or those with access to funds can buy their way out of a moving violation without encouraging too many others and the poor to ask for the same thing without paying for it dearly. But, yes, it is a bribe.

bad_dog 5 years, 9 months ago

"It is just another way for the County Attorney or City Attorfney to rip off the public..."

Let's see, a double fine plus court costs (let's say a fairly significant speeding charge inside city limits ~ $300) or the possibility of increased auto insurance rates for three years -especially if it is a second violation within a 12 month period...

In my experience, these amendments usually involve relatively minor traffic offenses. Most jurisdictions won't amend more than one ticket per year or have other rules such as they won't amend a ticket if an accident was involved, the driver was speeding in excess of 20 mph over the limit, reckless driving, etc.

Beth Bird 5 years, 9 months ago

I think this is the first poll I have ever seen where we almost all agree on something....

Randall Barnes 5 years, 9 months ago

Response Percent Votes Yes Republicans 93% 494 No
Democrats 3% 21 Not sure
non registered voter 2% 11 Total 526

shotgun 5 years, 9 months ago

This is hilarious! Narrow minded view!

Gary Anderson 5 years, 9 months ago

I'm very progressive...and I voted YES...want to apologize?

SinoHawk 5 years, 9 months ago

Good luck getting 93% of responses to be by Republicans in Lawrence

Tony Kisner 5 years, 9 months ago

I always roll with doughnuts in the front seat just in case.

melwetzel 5 years, 9 months ago

It shows that the people who (are/were) in the KU Athletic Dept. think that they are above the law and should not be held to the average man's rules and laws. It shows that some of the Lawrence police also believe that.

What kind of tickets were these? Ten miles over the speed limit? 20 miles over the speed limit? Speeding can endanger the lives of everyone on the road . . . especially when individuals start doing it with impunity because they know how to throw a bone to the police.

Jillian Andrews 5 years, 9 months ago

I guess you could say the Po Po got caught ridin' dirty...

tolawdjk 5 years, 9 months ago

I think someone had a good (tickets) that they exchanged for a service (disappearing traffic violation). An agreement was reached, both parties were in accord.

At worst it was "barter" and best it was "capitalism" at its finest!

Anyone who thinks differently is a Neo-communist, pinko, taliban loving, unUhmurehkan traitor!

skinny 5 years, 9 months ago

Smitty, All the posts you have made here you have not substantiated not one of them. Starting with the Gregg Sevier shooting, Yellow House, on down to this last LPD incident. How about giving it a break!

Jayhawk1958 5 years, 9 months ago

We can't tell if it is indeed bribery, at least not yet until the case unfolds. Could have just been an under the table business deal.

juma 5 years, 9 months ago

This is great!! I was missing living in Arabia and all the bribery. Now I feel at home and know that all things have a price. Reminds me of that old joke. You know, about asking the girl at the bar if she would sleep with me for a million dollars; answer OK. Then how about ten dollars. What no way, what do think I am? We have determined that, now just discussing the price. So, a speeding ticket is worth a losing team ticket; how much for robbery? Trip to Vegas? Come on, these police officers, and the coverup is just that, criminal.

Food_for_Thought 5 years, 8 months ago

This is a misleading poll. The investigation never established whether or not the citations were dismissed IN EXCHANGE for basketball tickets, or whether it was more of a case of long-time friends "hooking up" each other by taking advantage of their "powers" within their positions. This does not make the misuse of each other's positions acceptable, but I find that calling it "bribery" is a stretch. Seeing how the FBI and US Attorney's Office has more knowledge about the investigation and more skill/experience in the investigation of criminal acts, I would have to side with the decision made by the FBI and US Attorney's Office...unless of course, everyone here thinks that the FBI and US Attorney's Office is corrupt and needs citizens review boards for them as well...

JoRight 5 years, 8 months ago

Do you consider stealing theft?

What kind of question is this? Is this really up for debate? Really?

If that's not considered bribery, then what is? "Is giving a cop $50 off the record in exchange for fixing a speeding ticket considered bribery?"

Mind = blown.

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