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SteveA

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More licensing protest coverage
« on: May 10, 2005, 04:13:44 pm »

Man Pleads Guilty To Manicuring Without License
http://www.thewmurchannel.com/news/4472328/detail.html

same article in Vermont:
http://www.thechamplainchannel.com/wnne/4472328/detail.html

Here's a link to a google search for anyone interested in more (including some forums discussing it):
http://www.google.com/search?num=20&hl=en&lr=&as_qdr=m3&q=manicure+license+Hampshire+Fisher&as_qdr=y&btnG=Search
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Re: More licensing protest coverage
« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2005, 10:05:02 pm »

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Re: More licensing protest coverage
« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2005, 10:23:42 pm »

Anyone know what the possible penalty for this type of "crime" is? I'd be interested to know if the judge went easy on him realizing that this law is absurd.
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« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2005, 10:32:59 pm »

I wish he had tried for the whole jury nullification thing.  I don't see how he would lose, unless the judge does some unfair meddling with the case.
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« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2005, 10:51:13 pm »

Anyone know what the possible penalty for this type of "crime" is? I'd be interested to know if the judge went easy on him realizing that this law is absurd.

I thought I read that it's a misdemeanor but it's $1,000 fine and he's suppose to be in jail a couple days too.

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I wish he had tried for the whole jury nullification thing.  I don't see how he would lose, unless the judge does some unfair meddling with the case.

Yes, quite a few people were hoping he'd take it to a jury.  It seems unlikely he'd get a conviction as it was obviously done in protest to a law and not a real violation that needed to be enforced (unless a zero-tolerace policy was trying to be enforced to make a counterpoint :P).

He didn't fight any of it though and actually wanted to do the time/fine to emphasize what the law really says.

I've got to admire him for it.  I keep thinking of it like taking a hit for the team - not FSPers but the future freedom of many people.  It's true that without some people taking stands like this we'd be even worse off than we are.  "Freedom isn't free" as they say.

(Think about how much of a change could happen if even a few thousand people in N.H. really took a firm stance on some unjust practices.  That's what keeps government restricted.  It's not a self-limiting process, it's a system with feedback.  We need more feedback!  Hehe ;D)
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Re: More licensing protest coverage
« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2005, 10:54:31 pm »

Maybe next time (if there is one), he will try for jury nullification.  After all, his sentencing will go up for repeated offenses so it would be wise to try nullification sometime.
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Re: More licensing protest coverage
« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2005, 10:59:54 pm »

An up-date on Mike. He was sentenced to 32 days jail time with 30 days suspended subject to one years probation in which he must keep his record TOTALLY clean of all crimes and violations.
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Re: More licensing protest coverage
« Reply #7 on: May 11, 2005, 01:22:57 am »

Union Leader editorial very very pro Mike.

Danger!√ā¬†Unlicensed manicurist on the loose!

And cartoon, I will just provide a link so we don't tax their bandwidth every time this thread is hit.

http://www.theunionleader.com/doclib/cartoons/2005/511cartoon.gif

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« Reply #8 on: May 11, 2005, 01:34:41 am »

Union Leader editorial very very pro Mike.

Danger! Unlicensed manicurist on the loose!

And cartoon, I will just provide a link so we don't tax their bandwidth every time this thread is hit.

http://www.theunionleader.com/doclib/cartoons/2005/511cartoon.gif

Mike Fisher rocks.

OMG, those are awesome!!! ;D  Definitely done by sympathists.  (I think the Union Leader in general has been rather sympathetic to the FSP)
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Re: More licensing protest coverage
« Reply #9 on: May 11, 2005, 07:41:11 am »

This is insane!!!!!!!  Thanks to all who showed up and supported this event!!!  :)

The next time I get even so much as a ticket for a broken brakelight, I go to jail for 30 days.  How's that for justice?

At least the COs (corrections officers) let me out one day early out of the two day jail sentence by the court.  I think the staff was sympathetic to the cause.  ;D
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Re: More licensing protest coverage
« Reply #10 on: May 11, 2005, 07:43:18 am »

They did let me out without a fine though, and even without bail after I refused to pay it.  Starve the beast!!!  I've still got the $1 I made from Kat.  LOL
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Re: More licensing protest coverage
« Reply #11 on: May 11, 2005, 08:09:28 am »

Mike, congratulations and thank you.  (Seems odd to say that in response to an arrest, but there it is.)  You've really showed what one determined activist (with assistance, surely--thank you Kat) can do to get an issue before the citizenry, and you've more than proven the value of non-political action.  I hope that those of us with other methods and strategies can find appropriate ways to back you up and pursue this issue on multiple fronts.
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Re: More licensing protest coverage
« Reply #12 on: May 11, 2005, 08:37:45 am »

Some do not agree with Mike's point of view.

This licensing law is one we can live with
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Re: More licensing protest coverage
« Reply #13 on: May 11, 2005, 09:23:20 am »

Congratulations! I must say, this is the first time I've ever communicated with a hardened criminal, I thought under such circumstances I would be robbed or killed, but for such a dangerous deviant you seem like a pretty normal person.  :)
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Re: More licensing protest coverage
« Reply #14 on: May 11, 2005, 09:26:26 am »

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"If the skin of the licensee or client is punctured, the licensee shall immediately put on antiseptic, a sterilized bandage and put on latex gloves," reads one piece of wisdom the state requires manicurists to know.

[sarcasm] Gosh, usually when I see someone puntured, I don't clean the wound or bandage it...I just usually roll on some dung and then let it fester. [/sarcasm]

They're going to have to come up with better reasons than that to defend the licensing laws. Most people are capable of common sense actions, such as washing towels when they're dirty.

If this is the only thing they can say against you, I'd say the protest went well. Good job, Mike! :)
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