Showing posts with label judges. Show all posts
Showing posts with label judges. Show all posts

Ed Spillane: Many Judges Continue To Jail Defendants Without Money To Pay Fines. Here Are The Alternatives.

Why one judge refuses to send such folks to jail.   Melissa J. showed up in my court last year with four kids in tow. Her children quietly watched from a nearby table while I spoke with her. The charges against her — driving with an invalid license, driving without insurance, not wearing a seat belt, failure to use a child safety seat properly  ... MORE

Thomas Sowell: Supreme Hypocrisy

Politics as usual.  If there is one thing that is bipartisan in Washington, it is brazen hypocrisy. Currently there is much indignation being expressed by Democrats because the Republican-controlled Senate refuses to hold confirmation hearings on President Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Justice Antonin ... MORE

Jury-Nullification Activist Delivers In-Your-Face Defense

by Bob Unruh.     A Michigan man charged with felony obstruction of justice and jury tampering for handing out a leaflet on jury nullification in front of a courthouse contends the local prosecutor’s objection to the contents of his material doesn’t make his actions a crime. Keith Wood, a former pastor, was arrested Nov. 24 on the orders of Mecosta   ... MORE

Police State America: NJ Supreme Court Overrules Fourth Amendment - No Warrants Necessary To Search Vehicles

by Joe Gullo.   Why citizens need to understand jury nullification. New Jersey Supreme Court ruling will allow police to search a vehicle without a warrant. According to the ruling, warrantless searches of vehicles can only be done when police have probable cause to believe the vehicle contains contraband or evidence and the circumstances give rise to        ... MORE

Andrew Napolitano: Religious Belief And The Rule Of Law

The lesson for Kim Davis.  Shortly before the Labor Day weekend, a federal judge in Kentucky ordered the Rowan County clerk incarcerated for violating his orders. Five days later, he released her. The judge found that the clerk, Kim Davis, interfered with the ability of same-sex couples in her county to marry by refusing to issue them applications for      ... MORE

Drug-Planting Judge Gets 5 Years In Federal Prison

by Kathryn Rubino.    From high atop their perch on the bench, judges seem like masters of their domain, making decisions and occasionally creating laws that have a real-world impact on the peons in front of them. So there is some natural schadenfreude when judges find themselves at the mercy of a court, especially when they are accused of    ... MORE

Kate Vinton: Feds Subpoena Libertarian Media Site Over Posted Reader Comments Threatening Silk Road Judge

Rhetorical criticism treated as actual threats.  The Department of Justice issued a grand jury subpoena to Reason.com last week, asking the libertarian media site for the identities of six readers who had posted comments threatening Silk Road Judge Katherine Forrest. Blogger Ken White obtained the subpoena and published it in a post on      ... MORE

Publius Huldah: Nullification is a Natural Right!

Understand your history & you will understand nullification. What did our Framers really say we must do when the federal government usurps power? They never said, "When the federal government ignores the Constitution, amend the Constitution." They never said, "File a lawsuit and let federal judges decide." Instead, they advised two manly   ... MORE

Radley Balko: Absurd Fourth Circuit Ruling Embodies Everything That’s Wrong With SWAT Drug Raids

Some police state bootlickers have robes.  Earlier this month, a three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued an appalling decision in a lawsuit stemming from a fatal 2005 drug raid in Maryland. In fact, the opinion encapsulates everything that’s wrong with sending militarized police barreling into homes to serve    ... MORE

NH Bill Would Promote Jury Nullification Defense

The power to stand up to tyranny.    A bill in the New Hampshire State House would make it illegal for a judge to stop a defendant from telling the jurors about their ability to nullify unjust or immoral laws. House Bill 246 (HB246) would make it “an act of maladministration for a judge to deny or limit the right of the accused to inform the    ... MORE

Federal Court Upholds Unconstitutional Car Search

No warrant required. Text of the Fourth Amendment. A federal judge decided earlier this month to accept evidence from an automobile search that a state court magistrate had declared unlawful. US District Judge Jerome B. Simandle insisted that there was nothing wrong in accepting the evidence deemed tainted by the New Jersey Superior Court.   ... MORE

More Like A Banana Republic Dictator Than A Lame Duck

by Thomas Sowell.    Just what happened last week on election day? And what is going to happen in the years ahead? The most important thing that happened last week was that the country dodged a bullet. Had the Democrats retained control of the Senate, President Obama could have spent his last two years in office loading the federal judiciary   ... MORE

Disapproving Judge Argues Against Warrantless Searches

by Mary Ellen Godin Record.   City police in Meridian, Connecticut would not comment on remarks made by a Superior Court judge Wednesday who called a police report about a warrantless drug raid “unbelievable” before adding, “I don’t want to live in this police state.” In open court, Judge Philip Scarpellino questioned why city     ... MORE

Thomas Sowell: A Lame Duck Country?

Constitutional contempt for all to see.     Pundits are pointing to President Barack Obama's recent decline in public opinion polls, and saying that he may now become another "lame duck" president, unable to accomplish much during his final term in office. That has happened to other presidents. But it is extremely unlikely to happen to this  ... MORE

Scott Johnson: The Courts Will Not Save Us

Just another branch of the federal government.     George Will seems to me the preeminent political columnist of our era, with the possible exception of Charles Krauthammer. Will and Krauthammer are in a league of their own. Both are conservatives, of course, and you have to wonder who the liberals can put up against them. Tom      ... MORE

California Moves To Ban Judges Affiliated With Boy Scouts

by Patrick Howley.     Politicians say Scouts lack morality. California is proposing to ban members of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) from serving as judges because the Boy Scouts do not allow gay troop leaders, The Daily Caller has learned. In a move with major legal implications, The California Supreme Court Advisory Committee on The Code of    ... MORE

Man Found Guilty Of E-Cig Law That Does Not Exist

by Jeff Sherwood.      Judge makes up law as he goes. On March 20, 2014, I brought you a story about the first man to ever get a ticket in the United States for using an electronic cigarette while driving. Today (Mar. 22), I had the opportunity to sit down and speak with the accused man, Jason Dewing, via a telephone conversation to get further         ... MORE