Is a Bldg inspector a policeman?

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wrote:

Well he might make some mistakes, but at least he didn't misspell YOU'RE like you did.
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On Sat, 24 Feb 2007 20:13:35 -0800, "Eigenvector"

I pled the 5th, eh?
-- Oren
"Well, it doesn't happen all the time, but when it happens, it happens constantly."
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On Sat, 24 Feb 2007 13:22:50 -0800, jJim McLaughlin

it proves something. So prove that it does.
If you don't want to do that, read Escobedo and you'll see that I'm right.

If you really had practiced criminal law, you'd know you have to cite the text of the decision and not just the case name.

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Karma Ghia wrote:

You are a dumb fuck, aren't you.
Try to Google ( you can find Google, can't you?) Miranda v. Arizona.
Read Miranda v. Arizona. (You can read can't you?)
Try to understand the concept of "custody".
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In NC, theoretically violating building codes is breaking the law.

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contract with the state when you get a building permit that allows them to inspect. You also give the state the right to enforce the building code. If you do not have a permit it is actually another law that comes into effect and in a lot of places you will find a different group of people are enforcing it. Those are usually the same guys who enforce zoning law, grass to tall, junk cars in the yard, farm animals, set backs, non conformoing structures etc.
BTW the right you do have until you sign it away with a permit is your 4th amendment right. You can refuse entry unless they have a warrant. The problem with that is a civil court judge is a lot more likely to issue one on shaky grounds since he only deals with the "preponderance of evidence" all day instead of "without a doubt" like they do in criminal court. Think OJ. Of course anything they can see from public property, a willing neighbor's property, a helicopter or a satellite is fair game. These "code enforcement" inspectors generally work off complaints from a pissed off neighbor.
Most inspectors are reasonable people unless you live in one of those mobbed up northern cities where they expect envelopes full of cash.. The certifications, licences and uniform building codes have gone a long way to stop the patronage and nepotism that used to permieate building departments so it isn't going to be the mayors idiot nephew as a general rule. Of course YMMV
Bear in mind a lot of communities use the building department for "growth management". They don't want it to be easy to build. That is a political decision, not a building department one. You fix that at election time.
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Does he carry a gun? How about handcuffs?
Bob
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zxcvbob wrote:

That also varies from place to place. In San Francisco the cities paramedics ware the seven pointed stars that are reserved by California law to peace officers and they do carry handcuffs. In Maryland the states fire marshals are fully sworn law enforcement officers. They're uniformed and carry complete police equipment at all times. They enforce the fire and building codes in rural areas of the state with no local government. The only way to fully answer the question is to ask the local government officials who have to swear that individual in for her/him to exorcise police powers. -- Tom Horne
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