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Supreme Court Further Guts The Fourth Amendment


Yesterday the Supreme Court greatly expanded the circumstances under which police can rely on anonymous tips.

From The “I’d Hate To Be This Guy’s Lawyer” File


A Kansas man on trial for murder has an interesting tattoo:  A Kansas man facing first-degree murder charges is trying to convince the government to let him do something about his giant “MURDER” neck tattoo before the trial begins. The first-degree murder case against Jeffrey Chapman is scheduled to begin next week. Prosecutors say Chapman killed a man […]

Obama Reportedly Planning Clemency For Hundreds Of Drug Offenders

Obama State Of The Union 2013

Perhaps some justice for the casualties in the War On Drugs

Should We Eliminate “Hate” Crimes?


Does it really matter why Fraizer Glenn Miller murdered three people in Kansas?

Dutch Police Arrest 14 Year Old Girl For Twitter Threat Against American Airlines


A Dutch teenager is apparently getting a lesson in the perils of not thinking before you communicate online: AMSTERDAM — Police in the Netherlands have arrested a 14-year-old girl on suspicion of threatening American Airlines in a tweet. Police spokesman Roland Ekkers said the girl, who has not been identified for privacy reasons, turned herself […]

Pakistani Police Accuse Nine Month Old Of Plotting Murder


A nine month old boy in Pakistan is facing charges that he assaulted and attempted to murder a police officer: A nine-month-old boy has appeared in court in Pakistan on charges of planning a murder, threatening police and interfering in state affairs, it appears. Baby Muhammad Mosa Khan is one of more than 30 people […]

Jonathan Pollard To Be Freed As Part Of Middle East Peace Deal?

Jonathan Pollard

Middle East peace talks are apparently in such bad shape that the U.S. is thinking of releasing Jonathan Pollard as an incentive to Israel.

Ray Rice Celebrates Aggravated Assault Indictment by Marrying Victim


Ray Rice celebrated his aggravated assault indictment by marrying his victim.

Anger Mismanagement


A South Carolina man is under arrest after hitting his girlfriend with an anger management book: SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) – A Spartanburg County man is accused of hitting his girlfriend with his anger management book while she was accused of stabbing him with a boxcutter, landing both of them in jail. Deputies said they […]

Hawaii Police No Longer Allowed To Have Sex With Prostitutes

Honolulu Police

Hawaiian legislators have agreed to change a law that made it legal for police to have sex with prostitutes: HONOLULU (AP) — A key Hawaii lawmaker considering an anti-prostitution bill says he and Honolulu police have agreed to get rid of a longtime exemption that allowed officers to have sex with prostitutes. State Sen. Clayton […]

N.J. Man Released From Prison Robs Same Shoe Store He Robbed 15 Years Earlier


Apparently, he really liked being in prison: TOMS RIVER — The day after Christopher M. Miller finished a 15-year prison sentence for robbing a Stride Rite store in Toms River, he committed an almost identical crime at the same store, said Ralph Stocco, police spokesman. Miller, 40, formerly of Tulsa, Okla., was released on Friday […]

Amish Buggy Sought In Hit And Run


Well, here’s a story you don’t read every day: NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. — State police are searching for an unlikely suspect in a western Pennsylvania hit-and-run accident: the driver of an Amish buggy. Troopers from the Mercer barracks say the buggy twice hit a passenger vehicle at a crossroads on Route 158 in Wilmington Township, […]

Army’s Top Sexual Assault Prosecutor Charged With Groping Colleague At Sexual Assault Seminar

Military Sexual Assaults

As if the military’s sexual assault problem weren’t already bad enough, the Army is dealing with new allegations regarding the person in charge of prosecuting sexual assault cases: The Army is investigating its top sex-crimes prosecutor on allegations that he groped a female lawyer at a sexual-assault conference in 2011, Army officials disclosed Thursday. Lt. […]

Appeals Court: Upskirt Photos Not Illegal Because Legislature Didn’t Make Them Illegal

Law Books Gavel

From Massachusetts, a ruling that might make little sense to the lay person but which seems to be right on the law.

Boston Bomber Trial Set For November 3rd

Dzhokar Tsarnaev

The date for the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev has been set: BOSTON — A federal judge here on Wednesday set Nov. 3 as the start of the trial for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is accused of the deadly bombing of the Boston Marathon last year. Prosecutors say Mr. Tsarnaev, 20, worked with […]

Texas Police Arrest Man Dressed As Banana While Carrying An AK-47


So, this happened: BEAUMONT, Texas (KBMT) - A Beaumont man was cited by police after riling up motorists by standing at an intersection carrying an AK-47 while dressed as a banana. Derek Poe, owner of Golden Triangle Tactical gun shop, said the stunt was part of the store’s grand opening after moving locations. Poe said the […]

McGruff The Crime Dog Gets 16 Years In Prison


An actor who has portrayed McGruff the Crime Dog in public appearances has been sentenced to 16 years in prison in Texas: GALVESTON, Texas – John Morales, the actor who played the crime-fighting cartoon character McGruff the Crime Dog, was sentenced to 16 years in prison stemming from a 2011 arrest in which police seized […]

Sniper Attack On Power Station In California Raises Terrorism Threat

Electric Substation

Ten months ago, a group of people attacked a power substation in California. Who they were and why they did it remains a mystery.

Congressman Arrested In Cocaine Bust To Resign


Florida Republican Congressman Trey Radel, who was arrested several months ago in a buy-and-bust by the Washington, D.C. Police, is resigning from office: Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.) will resign from Congress on Monday, according to multiple sources. Radel, 37, was caught buying cocaine in November from an undercover federal agent in Washington and spent nearly […]

Ted Cruz: State’s Rights Hypocrite

Ted Cruz

Like many of his fellow “Tea Party” conservatives, Texas Senator Ted Cruz has been a strong advocate of the idea of state’s rights and federalism, but apparently that doesn’t apply when it comes to marijuana: Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas on Friday criticized President Barack Obama for not arresting people in Colorado who violated […]

Alaska Next Up To Legalize Marijuana?

Marijuana Plant

Alaska looks to be taking the steps to become the third state to legalize marijuana: Voters in Alaska might get a chance to legalize marijuana in this summer’s election, after a pro-pot group says it gathered enough signatures to put a measure on the ballot. The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana submitted more than 45,000 signatures […]

The Conservative Case For Legalizing Marijuana

Marijuana Plant

Marijuana legalization is an issue that unites people across the political aisle.

Refer Madness Among The Acela Corridor Crowd

Marijuana Plant

The latest news on the marijuana legalization front has led David Brooks and others to go into a completely pathetic panic.

North Carolina Man Charged With Violating Law Already Held To Be Unconstitutional


Watch your language in Wilson County, North Carolina.

Jail For Overdue Library Books?


If you’re ever in Texas, you better be sure to return your library books: AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Call it throwing the book at the bookworms. A Texas man who was arrested for failing to return an overdue library book ignited an online flurry of snarky comments and headlines about the Lone Star State extending […]

Santa Shot in DC


A man dressed as Santa was shot in the back with a pellet gun while handing out presents to underprivileged children in Southeast DC. Naturally.

Judge Orders Criminal to Write ‘Boys Do Not Hit Girls’ 5000 Times


A Montana man has been ordered to write “Boys do not hit girls” 5000 times after a brutal assault against his girlfriend.

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell Will Soon Be Out Office, But Not Out Of Legal Trouble

Bob McDonnell

Bob McDonnell will only be Governor of Virginia for a few more weeks, but it looks like he won’t be riding off to a peaceful post-Governorship: Federal prosecutors told Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell last week that he and his wife would be charged in connection with a gift scandal, but senior Justice Department officials […]

Harvard Student Arrested For Sending Bomb Threat To Delay Exam


On Monday, four buildings on the Harvard University campus were closed, and the entire school was thrown into chaos, due to a bomb threat that had been emailed to school authorities. The threat led to the cancellation of several final exams scheduled to take place that morning and caused other finals to be moved to […]

Does Judge Leon’s Ruling On NSA Surveillance Vindicate Edward Snowden?


Does a determination that NSA data collection practices are likely unconstitutional mean that Edward Snowden’s actions were, in some sense, justified?

On Veterans, Crime, Timing, and “Other Than Honorable” Discharges


For veterans who get in trouble with the law, *when* they commit a crime can have profound implications on their future. Does this make sense?

Store Clerk To Would Be Robbers: “My Gun Is Bigger”


Two robbers got more than they bargained for when they walked into a West Seattle convenience store: Robert Moore was ringing-up a customer around 10 p.m. at the Morning Star Mini Mart, located in the 8800 block of 9th Ave SW, when two men entered the store wearing ski masks. One of the men stayed […]

Last Of The Scottsboro Boys Pardoned


After 80 years, the last of the Scottsboro Boys, African-American men wrongfully convicted of the rapes of two white women, were pardoned for a crime they never committed: MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama’s parole board wrote a new ending for the infamous “Scottsboro Boys” rape case Thursday by approving posthumous pardons more than 80 years after the […]

Judge Rules Criminal Defendant Can Blame Identical Twin In Sex Assault Case

DNA and Handcuffs

The perfect defense?

Va. State Senator Creigh Deeds, Former Candidate For Governor, Stabbed In Home


Creigh Deeds, a Virginia State Senator who was the Democratic Party’s nominee for Governor in 2009, is in a Charlottesville hospital in critical condition after what appears to be an attack by his son, who was found dead of a gunshot wound: Sen. Creigh Deeds, D-Bath, is in critical condition after being stabbed in his […]

British Police: Dead Spy Whose Body Was Found In Gym Bag Probably Died “By Accident”


So, this happened: LONDON (AP) — More than three years after the naked, decomposing body of British spy Gareth Williams was discovered stuffed inside a locked gym bag at the bottom of his bathtub, the mystery over his bizarre death lingers, and a police investigation has done little to clear it up. London’s Metropolitan Police […]

Shame (Tales from the Drug War)


Via KOB:  4 On Your Side investigates traffic stop nightmare The whole article should be read (and the video watched) and should evoke a sickening outrage (at least if one thinks that individual human rights matter). The summary of events goes like this:  man fails to adequately stop at a stop sign and is pulled […]

South Carolina Police Chief Threatens Citizen Over Facebook Comment Opposing Drug War


The Police Chief of Columbia, South Carolina apparently doesn’t like disagreement very much: Columbia may be both the largest city in South Carolina and its capital, but that doesn’t mean the city’s interim police chief has anything better to do than threaten to hunt down and arrest citizens who post complaints on his department’s Facebook page. […]

Shots Fired At Los Angeles International Airport


Breaking news out of Los Angeles as there are reports of multiple shots fired, and multiple injuries, inside a terminal at Los Angeles International Airport: LOS ANGELES — A shooting at Los Angeles International Airport led to the evacuation of at least one terminal on Friday, the authorities said. Flights have been grounded and passengers […]

Penn State Settles Sandusky Related Claims For Nearly $60 Million


Penn State University has settled more than two dozen claims arising out of the abuse committed by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky: Penn State has agreed to pay $59.7 million to 26 sexual abuse victims of the former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky in exchange for an end to their claims against the university, […]

Majority Supports Marijuana Legalization

Gallup Marijuana

According to a new Gallup poll, we’ve reached a milestone of sorts in that a majority of Americans now support legalizing marijuana: WASHINGTON, D.C. — For marijuana advocates, the last 12 months have been a period of unprecedented success as Washington and Colorado became the first states to legalize recreational use of marijuana. And now […]

Maine (Or At Least One City) Next To Decriminalize Marijuana?

Marijuana Plant

Portland, Maine seems to about to make some progress in the fight against dumb laws.

Former San Diego Mayor Pleads Guilty To Imprisonment, Battery Charges

Bob Filner

Bob Filner may no longer be Mayor of San Diego, but it seems his story will continue: Former San Diego mayor Bob Filner (D) pleaded guilty Tuesday to false imprisonment and battery charges involving three women, according to an official with the San Diego Superior Court. Court spokeswoman Karen Dalton said that Filner will be […]

Reports Of Shots Fired At U.S. Capitol

United States Capitol Building, Washington, D.C. Aerial

A tense afternoon on Capitol Hill.

Woman Stabs Roommate For Listening To The Eagles Too Much


Apparently, we all have our limits: NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — Authorities say a South Carolina woman stabbed her roommate after getting fed up with the man listening to the Eagles and watching TV with his brother. North Charleston police say 54-year-old Vernett Bader is charged with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature […]

Tom DeLay’s Conviction Reversed


Former Congressman Tom DeLay got some good news today: A Texas court overturned the conviction of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, Thursday, formally acquitting him of conspiracy and money laundering charges. Houston CBS affiliate KHOU reports the Texas Third Court of Appeals said in documents released Thursday morning that the evidence in the case was […]

Philosophy Debate Leads To Shooting


At least it does in Russia: MOSCOW — An argument in southern Russia over philosopher Immanuel Kant, the author of “Critique of Pure Reason,” devolved into pure mayhem when one debater shot the other. A police spokeswoman in Rostov-on Don, Viktoria Safarova, said two men in their 20s were discussing Kant as they stood in […]

Multiple Casualties In Shooting At Washington Navy Yard

Image: Shooting At Washington DC Navy Yard Reportedly Leaves At Least One Wounded

A shooting interrupts Washington D.C.’s Monday morning.

Nidal Hasan Sentenced To Death

Nidal Hasan

A military jury has sentenced Major Nidal Hasan to death for his role in the shootings at Fort Hood on November 5th, 2009: KILLEEN, Tex. — Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the Army psychiatrist who admitted shooting to kill in a Fort Hood building here packed with unarmed soldiers nearly four years ago, once said he […]

Soldier Sentenced To Life Without Parole In Massacre Of 16 Afghan Civilians


The solider who was responsible for the 2011 massacre of 16 Afghan civilians has been sentenced to life in prison: JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. — Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who pleaded guilty to slaughtering 16 Afghan civilians inside their homes, will spend the rest of his life in prison, a military jury decided on Friday. […]

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