David Conner, a 43-year-old resident of Redding, California, will spend at least three years in a government cage in Idaho because a State Trooper in Oregon spied an open can of Monster energy drink in Conner's rental car.
The clerk of courts contacted Sheriff Ron Cramer, who dispatched his deputies to approach random passers-by to ask if they were a resident of the county who was at least 18 years old and did not have a prior felony conviction.
In 1957, publisher Samuel Roth spent his 63rd birthday in federal prison. His appeal denied by the US Supreme Court, he would end up serving every day of his 5 year sentence. The crime? He had placed "obscene" books (and flyers advertising these
Liberty activists are reluctantly backing down from their jury outreach projects outside the federal courthouse, but not because an insane robed person threatened the entire courtroom and jury over the activists' signs and pamphlets
You've probably seen them before: internal border checkpoint refusals. But for Greg Rosenberg, a naturalized U.S. citizen who speaks accented English, an encounter with border patrol resulted in weeks of jail time without a single charge
Few issues divide libertarians the way the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution does. Gene Healy has observed that "[c]lassical liberals of good faith have found themselves on either side of the issue."
Feds' position on decoy cell-site towers continues anti-privacy theme.
A member of the grand jury that declined to indict the white Missouri police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old sued the prosecutor in the case criticizing the way evidence was presented to grand jurors and
There is something called the "Ellen Dare Dance," which sounds kinda fun and free. Except in New York City, where police who aren't Ellen DeGeneres fans see it as a threat or an insult. Clearly, something not to be tolerated
This is the final stage of the collapse of the Roman Empire. When the state runs out of money, it historically attacks the people. In Rome, whole armies began sacking their own cities to get paid. The police are doing just that.
This ruling is what I would call a one-way, nonrefundable ticket to the police state.
The second highest court in Kansas declared anyone driving with a torn plastic baggie is involved in the drug trade and can be searched without a warrant. The conviction of Cameron Howard, was found not with drugs but a lawfully purchased firearm.
But this too fails to appreciate its application in the field, where police have become, at least in their own minds, the arbiters of law at the end of a gun. The Supreme Court has NOW held they are, indeed, the arbiters of the law,
A federal lawsuit directly challenging the NSA's vast phone call database was heard by the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. The 3-judge panel seemed skeptical of the plaintiff's claims the database is unconstitutional.
The National Security Agency should have an unlimited ability to collect digital information in the name of protecting the country against terrorism and other threats, an influential federal judge said. "I think privacy is actually overvalued,"
Why, because the 21st Amendment to the Constitution that ended Prohibition by repealing the 18th Amendment was ratified.
This Guy's Facebook Rants Put Him In Prison, And The Supreme Court Will Hear His Case Today.
A bill (Kenan Thompson) and an executive order (Bobby Moynihan) explain how government really works with a little help from President Obama (Jay Pharaoh).
California rapper, Tiny Doo, otherwise known as Brandon Duncan, may beat the rap. But he won't beat the ride. Especially considering he is currently incarcerated in a Southern California jail facing life in prison on
For instance, he explains that the Second Amendment, which begins "The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.," has no bearing on private gun ownership.
Buying Candidates for Israel is Bipartisan.
A 29-year-old Virginia woman is set to appear again in federal court Wednesday after being charged in connection to favorable Facebook posts about the Islamic State of in Syria (ISIS). One of her posts simply read, "I love ISIS."
Apparently this homework sheet given out to 2nd graders about "Being a Good Citizen" is teaching them that the government GIVES us our rights. And not just rights, but the government gives us "special privileges called rights."
"I am one of the most heavily regulated and inspected businesses in existence, but it's still illegal for me to show customers that I sell handguns until after they walk in the door," said Baryla, who owns Tracy Rifle and Pistol.
A 30-year-old loophole increasingly gives police officers a pass when they violate the Fourth Amendment.
Toledo's municipal court has been improperly issuing arrest warrants for 17 years, a "flagrant" violation of protections against illegal searches and seizures, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled today. The local court should revamp its process for
Judge Steven C. Frucci ruled this week that giving police a fingerprint is akin to providing a DNA or handwriting sample or an actual key, which the law permits. A pass code, though, requires the defendant to divulge knowledge,
The "sneak and peek" warrant, police were adamant was needed to protect against terrorism. The numbers of "sneak and peek" warrants reveals out of a total of over 11,000 sneak and peek requests, only 51 were used for terrorism.
The Washington State Supreme Court faced up to its own earlier error, holding in State v. W.R. that the burden of proving consent in a juvenile forcible compulsion rape case cannot be shifted to the defendant.
Authorities built a case for a search warrant by turning off Internet access to villas and at various points, an agent of the FBI and a Nevada gaming official posed as a cable guy, secretly filming while gathering evidence of a bookmaking ring