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    Former police association contractor charged with snooping on 'Joe the Plumber'

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    Wednesday, October 14, 2009 11:42 AM
    By Randy Ludlow
    The Columbus Dispatch

    A former contractor for the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police has been charged with rummaging through state computers to retrieve confidential information about "Joe the Plumber."
    Brett A. Gerke, 52, of 2329 Woodcreek Place on the Far North Side, is charged with attempted unauthorized use of property.
    Gerke entered a diversion program on Oct. 2, which typically results in the dismissal of a criminal charge. He has not entered a plea. The charge is a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail.
    The State Highway Patrol says that Gerke used a law-enforcement computer network on Oct. 16, 2008 to access personal information about Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher.
    It would be interesting to know whether this guy and others are working on their own, or are part of something more.
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    Re: Former police association contractor charged with snooping on 'Joe the Plumber'

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post

    It would be interesting to know whether this guy and others are working on their own, or are part of something more.
    Yes, there is a huge conspiracy to keep this nonentitiy's name in the news. Since his 15 minutes of fame expired so long ago, and there was absolutely no reason he was ever famous to begin with, then what could explain the preoccupation with this complete nothing other than the fact that there are those with a vested interest in making it so?
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    Re: Former police association contractor charged with snooping on 'Joe the Plumber'

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    It would be interesting to know whether this guy and others are working on their own, or are part of something more.
    something more? like what? hasn't this dog seen his day?

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    Re: Former police association contractor charged with snooping on 'Joe the Plumber'

    If that's true, why the computer searches?
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    Re: Former police association contractor charged with snooping on 'Joe the Plumber'

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    If that's true, why the computer searches?
    i have no idea. but seriously, isn't joe the wannabe plumber yesterday's news?

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    These are the same liberals who forgot how Iraq attacked us on 9/11.


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    Re: Former police association contractor charged with snooping on 'Joe the Plumber'

    Quote Originally Posted by liblady View Post
    i have no idea. but seriously, isn't joe the wannabe plumber yesterday's news?
    Not if he's being harassed.
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    Re: Former police association contractor charged with snooping on 'Joe the Plumber'

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    Not if he's being harassed.
    my point is that there's probably no conspiracy to discredit the guy who has already seen his 15 minutes.

    Originally Posted by johnny_rebson:

    These are the same liberals who forgot how Iraq attacked us on 9/11.


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    Re: Former police association contractor charged with snooping on 'Joe the Plumber'

    Then why does the harassment continue. Democrats are known to go after opponents until they're destroyed. Joe hasn't finished being destroyed yet. It's not that he doesn't matter now, it's that he shouldn't have ever mattered. So they need to continue until history is rewritten.
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    Re: Former police association contractor charged with snooping on 'Joe the Plumber'

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    Then why does the harassment continue. Democrats are known to go after opponents until they're destroyed. Joe hasn't finished being destroyed yet. It's not that he doesn't matter now, it's that he shouldn't have ever mattered. So they need to continue until history is rewritten.
    looking up info isn't harrassment. maybe he was curious? have you ever googled someone? is the guy even a dem?

    i have this strange feeling that joe the plumber won't shine brightly in the history books to be written. not even a footnote.

    Originally Posted by johnny_rebson:

    These are the same liberals who forgot how Iraq attacked us on 9/11.


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    Re: Former police association contractor charged with snooping on 'Joe the Plumber'

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    Quote Originally Posted by liblady View Post
    looking up info isn't harrassment.
    That depends on what you are looking it up for and what you plan to do with it. If the search is done out of curiosity there probably isn't harassment, but if the goal was to "send a message", intimidate, unfairly prosecute or obtain a warrant, etc. then there absolutely could have been harassment.
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