• October 6, 2022

Judge Rules Seattle’s Search of Trash Cans is Illegal

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The city of Seattle has a lot in common with Rosie O’Donnell’s lady parts.  Everyone knows where they are but no one wants to go there.  Seattle has a well deserved reputation as a liberal city, willing to trample on the rights of the individual in order to satisfy the wants of it’s ideology.  Seattle passed an ordinance that allowed garbage collectors to go through everyone’s garbage to make sure they were not putting leftover food with their yard waste.  The problem is it also allowed garbage men to see everything the people were throwing away.  This was a terrible invasion of privacy.  King County Superior Court Judge Beth Andrus agreed.

She vacated the city ordinance.  The Pacific Legal Foundation filed the suit against the city of Seattle and their attorney, Ethan Blevins, had this to say:

“I’m thrilled as can be.  We have been vindicated.”

From Fox News:

The rule first went into effect last year, and was meant to compel residents to put food scraps in the same bins as yard waste, so all could be composted. Under the program, nine full-time solid waste inspectors as well as contracted waste haulers tagged trash cans with more than 10 percent compostable material, providing those residents with educational material on how to improve. Residents also were told that breaking the rules would come with a $1 fine for single-family homes and $50 fine for businesses or multi-family units.

Seattle Public Utilities spokesman Andy Ryan said the agency had not read the judge’s decision and did not provide an immediate response, according to The Seattle Times. 

The plaintiffs admitted that the ordinance might have had a noble goal, but it did not trump the right of Seattle’s residents to their right to privacy.  If the constitution can be used to justify the murder of unborn innocent babies, then why should it not provide privacy for your trash?

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