San Francisco's hotshot DA, Bill Lockyer, cemented his rep as a
quick-draw lawman last week by arresting one agent, swearing out
warrants on two others and publishing a list of agents who've been
fined for registration infractions.
It's hard to quarrel with the Florence Rivas bust. She's charged
with four felonies and three misdemeanors, mostly having to do with
failing to issue plane tickets and holding back refunds. On the
list of things agents really ought to do, issuing plane tickets and
making refunds are way up there with, well, let's face it, they're
pretty much duking it out for the number-one spot.
But that list. Now, that's troubling. Of course, "Big Tuna Bill"
Ghiselin, who's looking at $10,000 in fines, yeah, I want to see
his name in print. And his name, after all, is "Big Tuna
Bill" Ghiselin. But small-change fines for agents who most likely
just forgot to register? Seems like overkill.
Come on, Mr. District Attorney. Lighten up. It's not as if these
people were encouraging visitors to use the term "Frisco." If that
happens, throw the book at 'em.