Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Americans with nail clippers - no way!

But Canadians with bloody chainsaw - Welcome to America.

On April 25, Gregory Despres arrived at the U.S.-Canadian border crossing at Calais, Maine, carrying a homemade sword, a hatchet, a knife, brass knuckles and a chain saw stained with what appeared to be blood. U.S. customs agents confiscated the weapons and fingerprinted Despres. Then they let him into the United States.

I don't know who is more stupid - the guy still carrying the bloody murder weapon across the country border or the customs agents who let him into the country.

Custom officials claim that they did everything they could to check for warrants and didnt' find any reason to detain Despres. However, Despres was due in court on April 25, the very day he was allowed to enter Maine.

On the same day Despres crossed the border, he was due in a Canadian court to be sentenced on charges he assaulted and threatened to kill Fulton's son-in-law, Frederick Mowat, last August.

Maybe I'm showing my ignorance of the Canadian judicial system, but wouldn't Despres have to have been arrested on charges of threatening to kill someone before he could be scheduled to appear in court to be sentenced on those charges?

Luckily for us, he was captured in Massachusetts before he could repeat his crimes here.