A state appeals court has released a ruling that scolds sheriff’s department officers in Cleveland, Tenn., for breaking state law regarding due process, but at the same time said those actions really don’t violate the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of those rights.

Huh?

“We hold the trial court was correct when it held that the Bradley County sheriff’s department had violated Tenn. Code Ann. [Paragraph] 40-11-150,” said the ruling from Court of Appeals of Tennessee at Knoxville.

“However, violation of the statute did not deprive Mr. Hopkins of his due process rights under the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution.”

The “Mr. Hopkins,” is Jeremy Hopkins, who told WND he’ll pursue an appeal of the decision to the Tennessee Supreme Court, and possibly up to the U.S. Supreme Court, because of the precedent that appears to give law enforcement a pass on following the law.

“This means the state of Tennessee can jail any law-abiding citizen against their will without violating the U.S. Constitution and without the citizen having recourse,” he told WND.

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