Memphis voting on tag-and-hold law; ‘chain of custody’ weakness

Dec 04, 2007 | 12:03 PM | Paul Schaffer

After five postponements, the Memphis (Tenn.) City Council was poised Tuesday to vote through a tag-and-hold ordinance requiring nonferrous scrap purchases by recyclers to be segregated for 10 days.

"We hope the council . . . will not pass it," Allen Iskiwitz, president of Memphis-based Iskiwitz Metal Co. Inc., said.

The segregated purchases, even if accomplished by a scrapyard, would be useless as court evidence and would almost never be tracked back to a particular theft victim, he said. "We're talking scrap, not bracelets or CDs or TVs. A piece of scrap looks like every other piece of scrap. You can't prove it came off that coil or that piece of pipe."....

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