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By Maggie Farley and Maggie Farley,LOS ANGELES TIMES | November 24, 2003
NEW YORK - In the latest space race, the Russians are losing. And it's about to become an international incident. At stake is one of New York City's most coveted assets: a free parking space. For years, New York City has been battling deadbeat diplomats who refuse to pay their parking tickets, noting diplomatic immunity. Russia used to be the top offender, with its 178-car fleet receiving a record 31,388 tickets in one year. But now the tables have turned. Somebody is parking in spaces designated for Russian diplomats, and the police refuse to issue tickets.
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May 29, 2009
T he following are selected comments about the dismissal of some charges against Mayor Sheila Dixon and all charges against Councilwoman Helen Holton from The Baltimore Sun's talkboards and the blog baltimoresun.com/secondopinion. Dennis Sweeney is a colossal idiot. Why was this retired nicompoop allowed to hear this case? JohnHard to say the judge is an idiot for basically being the only one in the process to do his job properly. The prosecutor is the one who dropped the ball and should know the laws he's supposed to be enforcing here.
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By Richard O'Mara and Richard O'Mara,SUN STAFF | October 22, 1998
The arrest of Gen. Augusto Pinochet in London at the request of a Spanish magistrate was a surprising thing, not least to the general himself, and likely to trouble the minds of the keepers of the international order, the guardians of the immunity of ambassadors and protectors of the sacred sovereignty of states.As a senator in Chile's congress, Pinochet thought he had diplomatic immunity. Whether he did is unclear, and many an arcane argument over his status will be advanced in days to come.
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By Maggie Farley and Maggie Farley,LOS ANGELES TIMES | November 24, 2003
NEW YORK - In the latest space race, the Russians are losing. And it's about to become an international incident. At stake is one of New York City's most coveted assets: a free parking space. For years, New York City has been battling deadbeat diplomats who refuse to pay their parking tickets, noting diplomatic immunity. Russia used to be the top offender, with its 178-car fleet receiving a record 31,388 tickets in one year. But now the tables have turned. Somebody is parking in spaces designated for Russian diplomats, and the police refuse to issue tickets.
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January 11, 1997
WASHINGTONIANS are disgusted with diplomatic immunity that would protect the alleged drunk and speeding driver of a car that banged into others at Dupont Circle in the wee hours of Jan. 4, killing Joviane Waltrick, 16, of Kensington, Md., a ninth grader and Brazilian citizen.Under rules that have come down through the centuries, Gueorgui Makharadze, second-ranking diplomat at the embassy of Georgia, a former Soviet republic, refused a Breathalyzer test. He may leave the country. To appease public opinion, the State Department intended to seek a waiver of diplomatic immunity as soon as the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia filed charges.
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By Mark Matthews and Mark Matthews,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | January 11, 1997
WASHINGTON -- A Belgian imprisoned in Florida could testify that not all diplomats get off scot-free when they commit crimes abroad.Rudi Van den Borre was a driver for the Belgian military attache's office. In official Washington, his status was that of diplomat. But in 1989 he was convicted of killing two men after luring them to a beach in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with promises of sex.Van den Borre is the exception to a general rule: that diplomats can avoid charges, prosecution, trial or punishment when representing their governments overseas -- the principle known as diplomatic immunity.
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February 29, 2000
IT IS NOT TRUE that Cuba and the United States lack diplomatic relations. They maintain embassies in each other's capitals under the fiction of having an "Interests Section" within Switzerland's embassy. These embassies operate under diplomatic niceties worked out over centuries to allow countries to deal with such delicate matters. One of these niceties is diplomatic immunity. A diplomat accused of misbehavior is not charged, but instructed to leave. The accusation need not be proven.
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By Robert Gee and Mark Matthews and Robert Gee and Mark Matthews,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | May 14, 1997
WASHINGTON -- Russia has refused to waive diplomatic immunity and allow a mid-level embassy official to face drunken driving charges in Maryland.As a result, the State Department intends to revoke the diplomat's driving privileges for a year, a department spokeswoman said. This is standard policy in such cases.Vadim V. Savelyev, 33, a second secretary at the Russian Embassy, was stopped by state police March 30 on Route 50 outside Annapolis and cited for driving while intoxicated, exceeding the speed limit and making unsafe lane changes.
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By Roger Twigg and Roger Twigg,Staff Writer | April 16, 1993
It's the doggone law.If you don't believe it, ask Roberta A. Hoffman of Hagerstown, Donna G. Brown of Baltimore, Leslie E. Hayes of Philadelphia or Gary R. Mosher of Bluemont, Va.All were found guilty of allowing their dogs to run free on the boardwalk or beach at Rehoboth Beach, Del. They were fined $44.50 apiece.The son of a diplomat from Spain escaped prosecution by claiming diplomatic immunity."We have adopted a strict attitude about this," said Creig W. Doyle, Rehoboth's police chief.
NEWS
May 29, 2009
T he following are selected comments about the dismissal of some charges against Mayor Sheila Dixon and all charges against Councilwoman Helen Holton from The Baltimore Sun's talkboards and the blog baltimoresun.com/secondopinion. Dennis Sweeney is a colossal idiot. Why was this retired nicompoop allowed to hear this case? JohnHard to say the judge is an idiot for basically being the only one in the process to do his job properly. The prosecutor is the one who dropped the ball and should know the laws he's supposed to be enforcing here.
NEWS
February 29, 2000
IT IS NOT TRUE that Cuba and the United States lack diplomatic relations. They maintain embassies in each other's capitals under the fiction of having an "Interests Section" within Switzerland's embassy. These embassies operate under diplomatic niceties worked out over centuries to allow countries to deal with such delicate matters. One of these niceties is diplomatic immunity. A diplomat accused of misbehavior is not charged, but instructed to leave. The accusation need not be proven.
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By Richard O'Mara and Richard O'Mara,SUN STAFF | October 22, 1998
The arrest of Gen. Augusto Pinochet in London at the request of a Spanish magistrate was a surprising thing, not least to the general himself, and likely to trouble the minds of the keepers of the international order, the guardians of the immunity of ambassadors and protectors of the sacred sovereignty of states.As a senator in Chile's congress, Pinochet thought he had diplomatic immunity. Whether he did is unclear, and many an arcane argument over his status will be advanced in days to come.
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By Robert Gee and Mark Matthews and Robert Gee and Mark Matthews,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | May 14, 1997
WASHINGTON -- Russia has refused to waive diplomatic immunity and allow a mid-level embassy official to face drunken driving charges in Maryland.As a result, the State Department intends to revoke the diplomat's driving privileges for a year, a department spokeswoman said. This is standard policy in such cases.Vadim V. Savelyev, 33, a second secretary at the Russian Embassy, was stopped by state police March 30 on Route 50 outside Annapolis and cited for driving while intoxicated, exceeding the speed limit and making unsafe lane changes.
NEWS
January 11, 1997
WASHINGTONIANS are disgusted with diplomatic immunity that would protect the alleged drunk and speeding driver of a car that banged into others at Dupont Circle in the wee hours of Jan. 4, killing Joviane Waltrick, 16, of Kensington, Md., a ninth grader and Brazilian citizen.Under rules that have come down through the centuries, Gueorgui Makharadze, second-ranking diplomat at the embassy of Georgia, a former Soviet republic, refused a Breathalyzer test. He may leave the country. To appease public opinion, the State Department intended to seek a waiver of diplomatic immunity as soon as the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia filed charges.
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By Mark Matthews and Mark Matthews,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | January 11, 1997
WASHINGTON -- A Belgian imprisoned in Florida could testify that not all diplomats get off scot-free when they commit crimes abroad.Rudi Van den Borre was a driver for the Belgian military attache's office. In official Washington, his status was that of diplomat. But in 1989 he was convicted of killing two men after luring them to a beach in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with promises of sex.Van den Borre is the exception to a general rule: that diplomats can avoid charges, prosecution, trial or punishment when representing their governments overseas -- the principle known as diplomatic immunity.
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By ROGER SIMON | December 6, 1993
WASHINGTON -- We say that nobody is above the law in this country, but that is not true.Foreign diplomats, their spouses, children, staffs, etc., are all above the law here.Over the years, they have been accused of shoplifting, counterfeiting, weapons violations, assault, heroin smuggling and keeping slaves.They have been accused of -- and occasionally admit to -- acts of rape.But they are never punished.Peter Christiansen, a retired New York police detective, once testified before a Senate committee that he had tracked down a man suspected of 15 rapes.
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By ROGER SIMON | December 6, 1993
WASHINGTON -- We say that nobody is above the law in this country, but that is not true.Foreign diplomats, their spouses, children, staffs, etc., are all above the law here.Over the years, they have been accused of shoplifting, counterfeiting, weapons violations, assault, heroin smuggling and keeping slaves.They have been accused of -- and occasionally admit to -- acts of rape.But they are never punished.Peter Christiansen, a retired New York police detective, once testified before a Senate committee that he had tracked down a man suspected of 15 rapes.
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By Brian Sullam | July 12, 1991
In Courtroom 4 at the Eastside District Court yesterday was an unusual sight: a middle-aged clergyman being tried on charges of making an illegal left turn, hitting a police officer, and resisting arrest.The Rev. Daniel Nascembeni, 49, pastor of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Carroll County community of Trenton, apparently got into a wrestling match with eight Baltimore police officers over a routine traffic violation April 30.Officer J. Scott Fullwood said that he was subjected to profanities from the instant he pulled Mr. Nascembeni over; Mrs. Nascembeni said that her husband was assaulted by a rude and abusive police officer.
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By Roger Twigg and Roger Twigg,Staff Writer | April 16, 1993
It's the doggone law.If you don't believe it, ask Roberta A. Hoffman of Hagerstown, Donna G. Brown of Baltimore, Leslie E. Hayes of Philadelphia or Gary R. Mosher of Bluemont, Va.All were found guilty of allowing their dogs to run free on the boardwalk or beach at Rehoboth Beach, Del. They were fined $44.50 apiece.The son of a diplomat from Spain escaped prosecution by claiming diplomatic immunity."We have adopted a strict attitude about this," said Creig W. Doyle, Rehoboth's police chief.
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By Brian Sullam | July 12, 1991
In Courtroom 4 at the Eastside District Court yesterday was an unusual sight: a middle-aged clergyman being tried on charges of making an illegal left turn, hitting a police officer, and resisting arrest.The Rev. Daniel Nascembeni, 49, pastor of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Carroll County community of Trenton, apparently got into a wrestling match with eight Baltimore police officers over a routine traffic violation April 30.Officer J. Scott Fullwood said that he was subjected to profanities from the instant he pulled Mr. Nascembeni over; Mrs. Nascembeni said that her husband was assaulted by a rude and abusive police officer.
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