News Supreme Court makes it easier for police to search homes without a warrant
The court held on a 6-3 vote that police can search a home without a warrant, even if the suspect has objected, as long as he is no longer on the scene and a co-tenant gives consent. It made no difference that the suspect had earlier objected
News Ninth Circuit Rules School Can Ban Tee-Shirts With American Flag During Cinco De Mayo
Judge M. Margaret McKeown ruled that the first amendment had to give way to the deference afforded to school officials. She began the opinion by emphasizing the reasonable concerns of the school:
News DCF Working To Send Teen In Medical Dispute Back To Connecticut
When the Pelletiers objected, Childrens brought in DCF and the state took custody of Justina, essentially ruling her parents were committing medical child abuse by pursuing medical rather than psychological treatment.
News Houston Issues 'Cease-And-Desist' To Stop Residents From Communicating With Government
Uber had set up a petition for Houston residents, emailing city officials of their support for allowing Uber in that city. In response to this, the city of Houston issued a cease-and-desist, effectively telling Uber to stop asking Houston residents t
News Georgia Court Reminds Cops To Remember The Pretext
The Georgia Court of Appeals last week reminded local police officers to act concerned about a traffic violation when conducting a pretextual traffic stop. Woodstock police forgot to do this on April 29, 2012, when they pulled over the truck driven b
News Teen self-defense expert expelled, jailed, kicked out of Army program, all because of a pocketknife
The Daily Caller
An Ohio high school student training to be an EMT was charged with a felony and sent to jail for 13 days because police found a pocketknife during an unauthorized search of his car.
News Walking Away from a Cop: A New Capital Offense
by William N. Grigg (Lew Rockwell blog)
A North Vegas Police Officer shot and killed a 38-year-old man for the supposed crime of walking away from a cop. David L. Robinson was shot in the head by an unidentified North Las Vegas cop in the backyard of an abandoned home.
News How the NSA Made Your Legal Defense Illegal
Ludwig von Mises Institute
The NSA requests the public courts to dismiss claims against them by claiming litigants lack standing---the NSA engages in mass surveillance while simultaneously relying that no litigant can prove they are affected by the secret surveillance!
News Homeowners Association Targeted After Supporting Pro-Third Amendment Group
During the Christmas recess the mayor called a midnight city council meeting, with no public notice, and reportedly of all places in a Seattle pub. After 7 exhausting hours the council voted 5 to 4 to enact a law that was purportedly intended to
News The Senate is ready to strip your 1st amendment rights away - Video
http://www.dailypaul.com, by Const. Clayton
The Senate is ready to strip your 1st amendment rights away - Video
News Independency!and a Thumb in the King's Eye
http://www.ncc-1776.org, by L. Neil Smith
I have just been invited to attend a famous science fiction convention next year as its Guest of Honor, and I have happily accepted.
News Illinois legislators try to repeal the First Amendment
Incumbent politicians hate to be criticized, and in Illinois they have decided to do something about it not by correcting the behavior for which people criticize them, but by trying to repeal the First Amendment. That may sound outrageous, but its
News US confirms warrantless searches of Americans
The Obama administration conducted warrantless searches of Americans' communications as part of the NSA's surveillance operations that target foreigners located outside of the US, the administration's top intelligence official confirmed
News California Man Takes Red Light Cameras To US Supreme Court
At issue in all of these cases is whether the Sixth Amendment right of a defendant to confront the witness against him allows a police officer to testify about red light camera evidence even though he has absolutely no direct knowledge
News DA Kathleen Rice: Shooting The Victim In The Head Justified
When Nassau County police officer Nikolas Budimlic decided that the best idea was to individually charge into a house where a gunman was holding people hostage, there were couple of possible outcomes. The first was that he would be a hero,
News But For Video: Your Lying Eyes Edition
Between the rhetorical search for the truth stuff thats thrown up when convenient, and the burden of proof stuff thats hauled out for the same reason, people would likely believe that a video that shows police testimony is false less than accurat
News Court orders man to remove criticism of cop from the internet
While investigating a noise complaint, the cop demanded that the homeowner surrender his guns. The homeowner recorded the incident and placed the evidence online to expose the abusive government agent. The mans act of free speech is now
News Federal Snipers Train Guns on Family For Filming Cattle
Federal snipers with the Bureau of Land Management trained guns on members of a family after they dared to stop and shoot video of cattle outside the bounds of a designated First Amendment Area, before arresting one of the men for non-compliance.
News Cell Phone Cameras Weapons of Choice for Activists Making Stand Against Armed Feds
Photography Is Not a Crime
A battle over cattle and land rights erupted in a stand-off between armed federal agents pointing tasers and citizens holding cell phone cameras in a compelling video posted to Youtube Wednesday.
News Common Core Wants Children to Rewrite Bill of Rights
A mother in Arkansas sparked it. Her daughter's 6th-grade homework required her to prune two and add two amendments to the Bill of Rights. The document was called outdated and so may not remain in its current form any longer."
News Feds can hide rationale for killing U.S. citizen, judge rules
A Bay Area federal judge says the Obama administration can keep secret a memo spelling out the legal rationale for a 2011 drone attack in Yemen that killed a U.S. citizen and alleged terrorist mastermind. The Justice Department was entitled
News Despite Lavabit contempt order, e-mail privacy stalled in Congress
A federal appeals court is holding in contempt the operator of a now-defunct e-mail service because he refused to abide by a court order and turn over the crypto keys and expose Lavabit's 400,000 customers to the government's prying eyes.
News In Denver Its Now Illegal to Sit Down in Public
Remember last week? We talked about you sitting down, you said youd never been warned You cant sit in the alleys, you cant sit in the streets, you cant sit on the sidewalks in Denver.
News The Next Shoe Just Dropped: Court Denies Attorney-Client Privilege
Furthermore, the ruling states that if the individuals do not submit attorney-client documentation as required, then the court would prohibit them from introducing any evidence to demonstrate their innocence.
News Nevada: Cars Stopped For a Pebble In the Windshield
Nevada's Supreme Court decided motorists can be stopped and searched if a tiny rock scratches a vehicle's windshield. The court took up a case where a police officer stopped a motorist but was wrong about the statute governing windshields.
News Judge says ordinary tools actually are 'weapons'
Ordinary tools, such as pliers, screwdrivers and wrenches, are weapons and so a Chicago school was correct to punish a teacher who brought them to class for a visual aid, according to a new court decision.