You might recall the tale of the Ferrari F50. The F50 was stolen from its owner in 2003, after which the insurance company, Motors Insurance, reimbursed the owner for the loss. The feds then recovered the stolen scarlet screamer during a sting operation and held it in FBI custody in Kentucky. At some point, it needed to be moved out of its impound garage, but instead of making it safely to another garage, it got wrapped around a tree, with an FBI agent at the wheel.

Motors Insurance sued the two government agencies, alleging that the car was being taken for a joyride. According to one of the few bits of evidence the insurance company was able to coerce out of the defendants, "Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Hamilton Thompson said he was invited for a 'short ride'," said ride being much shorter and crash-ier than anticipated.

Not that it mattered – the Chicago Tribune reports that the judge has ruled against Motors Insurance, saying that law enforcement has immunity when it comes to property in its possession, and that even though "the object was to control and preserve relevant evidence," it apparently doesn't matter what happens to that evidence nor for what reason. Score another one for the government, and the rest of ya'll get a doughnut.


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      scriber72
      • 3 Years Ago
      Fortunately, by my calculations, I believe the insurance company's out-of-work mom should be able to easily recoup the payout--simply by working for 9,740 hours (at $77 an hour, natch) at home on the computer!
      cashsixeight
      • 3 Years Ago
      oh my effing god. This is completely ridiculous. They are not "above the law". That was PROPERTY insured by a company, and now FBI agents can just destroy whatever they want without being held accountable?!?!? WHAT THE HELL!?
        KaiserWilhelm
        • 3 Years Ago
        @cashsixeight
        Welcome to the United Police States, where were right and your IN JAIL.
          Cory Stansbury
          • 3 Years Ago
          @KaiserWilhelm
          I prefer the USSA myself (in reference to the sad state in which our country currently resides). By the way: We're and you're. Contractions are your friends.
      Peter
      • 3 Years Ago
      Appeal, appeal, appeal! Talk about "diplomatic immunity"! Since when does a government agency that does wrong be allowed to escape conviction? Things need to change...
      breakfastburrito
      • 3 Years Ago
      Like a boss... The article forgot to say he was also smoking a cigar, and laughing at danger while crashing the ferrari. They should use this for recruitment.
      50 AKA Ferrari
      • 3 Years Ago
      Woah... I smell an appeal. This one NEEDS to go up to supreme court. I'll be damned if law enforcement blows up my house and they are "ALLOWED TO DO IT"
        Andrew
        • 3 Years Ago
        @50 AKA Ferrari
        They'd have to have your house in posession as evidence. So I'm pretty sure you're safe...
          KC
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Andrew
          His house could be the scene of a crime, and taped off as evidence. So yes they could have it in their possession, also said house could be a motorhome or a boathouse.
          tinted up
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Andrew
          I've actually been meaning to set up a reason for the police to get a warrant to raid my place. They will end up kicking in my door with their court documents to find absolutely nothing, they will then be on the hook for a broken door, whatever was damaged, and irreparable emotional damage. I will take it all the way up to supreme court if I have to.
      P
      • 3 Years Ago
      Okay, let's leave the Ferrari out of this and get to the legal precedent: If cops have ANY reason to impound your car (or other possession for that matter) they can now do with it as they please, including taking it on high-speed joy rides ending in its destruction. All without repercussion. Y'think it's time to overthrow this system and start over yet?
      Mike K
      • 3 Years Ago
      I dont mind seeing insurance companies get hung with a bill since most of them are scum. I do find the article title extremely misleading, since the agent himself was not being sued, but rather his employer. However, I do sense some appeals, as this judge's blanket ruling favors complete immunity and ZERO accountability by federal law enforcement agencies.
        bonehead
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mike K
        sorry dude it doesnt work that way. Insurance agencies dont get stuck with the bill, WE pay the bill. Insurance companies are not a charity, if they lose money they raise rates. Simple as that. Plus what kind of insurance do you have? Cause ive never had a problem with an insurance company being scum.
      Steve Clark
      • 3 Years Ago
      Appeal it, Motors, Intl. Appeal it.
        Maverickfiveo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Steve Clark
        They can't appeal it. It's not an judgment against them, it's a Constitutional bar against suing the government. Sovereign Immunity has been around for a long time. You can only sue the government if they allow you to. That being said, the title here is misleading. The FBI can't be sued, but the agent is most likely going to be fired. I have to imagine the agent is far from "off the hook"
      Nzo
      • 3 Years Ago
      People are always telling me how sweet government jobs are...
      dukeisduke
      • 3 Years Ago
      FBI Agent Ricky Bobby?
      Sukairain
      • 3 Years Ago
      Newsflash - FBI agents impounding Hollywood models and porn stars for undisclosed ongoing investigation. Media suspects it might have something to do with law enforcement immunity.
      tylermars.design
      • 3 Years Ago
      apparently law enforcement is above the law. bullshit.
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