The govt just found a new way to screw you. If the DEA steals your vehicle, gets it shot and damaged, they don't have to reimburse you... so says the federal court. Your insurance won't cover that either, fyi

#hashtags: #Drug Enforcement Agency #Craig Patty

A federal court has ruled that the Drug Enforcement Agency does not have to pay a truck owner whose vehicle they commandeered in a botched drug sting operation – without his knowledge or permission – in which the agency's confidential informant driver was shot dead and the truck was damaged. Says truck owner Craig Patty: "I took the federal government to court and lost. They refused to pay for my truck that was shot up and damaged because of their operation which I knew nothing about." He says that the insurance company wouldn't pay for damages either because it involved a criminal action. "It's in the fine print," he says. The complex story, pieced together from trial documents and interviews, offers a view of a federal agency that apparently did not have a handle on its own operations, disregarded Constitutional law – according to the truck owner's lawyers – and then asked the courts to seal documents because it might reveal confidential information about their failed operation. Read this one, it goes deep down the rabbit hole, and seems to be the thing I've read in years to an episode of Breaking Bad