Republican Arizona state senator Scott Bundgaard avoided a night in jail because of a law which grants lawmakers immunity while the legislature is in session. He and his girlfriend, Aubry Ballard, got in a fight in their car on the side of the road after a "Dancing with the Stars" fundraiser last weekend. According to Bundgaard, Ballard got upset after accusing him of "inappropriately touching" his partner in the event. Cops showed up and found marks suggesting violence on both Bundgaard and Ballard, but only arrested Ballard. Bungaard got to use his official state legislature Get Out of Jail Free card.
This has got to be one of the craziest laws in the state of Arizona, which is known for many crazy laws! Why would they even have a law like this? Maybe it's some archaic frontier logic: "Ma'am, us legislators gotta break the law before we make the laws." (According to his campaign website, Bungaard is "endorsed by Sherriff Joe Arpaio," so this actually could be possible!) If I were an Arizona state legislator, I'd spend the majority of my time stealing packs of gum from gas stations, sticking my tongue out at the attendent while saying Neener neener neener. Whatchya gonna do about it? I got immunity, biyatch. Alas, this is why I will never be an Arizona state legislator. [CNN]