Couple things, my law license is in Illinois, where I still have a home and a bunch of other stuff. I don't practice here, but I do across the border. Pardon me if I don't discuss it; attorney/client privilege.I really doubt the validity of Shabazz' claim that he maintains a home in Illinois, but I'll accept it as a valid claim for the purpose of this discussion. He understands that if he doesn't actually have an Illinois residence, he would be breaking Indiana's tax laws by not registering his car here and paying the state's motor vehicle excise taxes that you and I have to pay as residents. His Illinois residence claim, though, begs the question of why the hell our mayor would appoint a nontaxpaying, nonvoting Illinois resident to a Public Safety advisory board. As to his claim he practices law in Illinois, I would refer you to a recent comment he made when he was criticized for writing about questionable poll results about Mayor Ballard's approval rating. "I deal in gossip and rumor and clearly label it as such," Shabazz wrote. "I am not responsible for what the reader takes away from it." Yeah, that sounds like someone we want advising our police on how to do their jobs better. As for his suggestion he might run for political office here, well, he is a part-time stand up comedian.
I did promise my wife that after a year of wedded bliss, I'd consider changing over. She's living up to her part of the deal, so I likely will too. After all, you can't run if you don't meet the residency requirements, right? :-)
Be careful what you wish for...
Friday, August 13, 2010
Abdul Admits He's Not An Indianapolis Resident
The other day after Mayor Greg Ballard appointed controversial radio talk show host Abdul Hakim Shabazz to a new Public Safety advisory board and the press release referred to him as an "Attorney At Law," I commented, "The guy is not licensed to practice law in Indiana and has never practiced law. By the way, did he ever give up his Illinois vanity plate 'Abdul' and start complying with Indiana law by licensing his motor vehicle here and paying taxes here?" Shabazz responded on his blog, Indiana Barrister, yesterday when asked about my comment with the following: