Baltimore Police Announce Surveillance Plane Pilot Program To Help Deter, Solve Crimes – Big Brother is Alive and Well in Baltimore! – kra

Posted by on Dec 23, 2019 in Featured, Other Issues, Police Brutality |

As with any authority given police, we must be vigilant to spot and punish abuses. The Courts will determine whether this is, per se, unconstitutional. Given the approval of street cameras nearly everywhere, I won’t be surprised if they rule it ok. I foresee plenty of potential for abuse with this program in the hands of a private company, not police.       Baltimore’s police commissioner announced three surveillance planes...

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No Fourth Amendment Violation for Abusive Group Strip Search of Female Prisoners

Posted by on Nov 12, 2019 in Featured, Prison Abuse |

On strictly legal grounds, I have to agree with the decision here, given the law. However, one could argue that this was more than “visual inspection”. It’s a damn shame that the jury did not decide in favor of the women on their 8th Amendment claim: cruel and unusual punishment. Excerpts from the Article: On July 16, 2019, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, in a two-to-one ruling, affirmed a district court’s dismissal of a...

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These Machines Can Put You in Jail. Don’t Trust Them. Alcohol breath tests, a linchpin of the criminal justice system, are often unreliable, a Times investigation found.

Posted by on Nov 4, 2019 in Featured, Other Issues, Police Brutality |

This excellent article was sent to me by my good friend and great lawyer, Stephen Hampton, Esq*.  It really is pretty scary!  As if we don’t have enough innocent people in prison already – somewhere between 10,000 and 100,000 (nobody knows the actual number) – here is cause for more!  🙁  This article is as exhaustive (Because these articles go to my newsletter, and this is so long,I have had to omit much of it) as it is...

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Michigan Supreme Court: Reaching Out Door of Home to Retrieve ID Inadequate to Surrender Fourth Amendment Rights

Posted by on Oct 15, 2019 in Featured, Other Issues |

This was the correct ruling in this search and seizure case. Frankly, the reasoning and the ruling of the trial court is so weak that one wonders whether there was any bias by the judge against this young lady defendant. Excerpts from the Article: The Supreme Court of Michigan held that a defendant did not expose herself to public arrest when she reached out of her doorway to retrieve her identification from a police officer — and there could...

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Judges say travelers can sue TSA over screener mistreatment

Posted by on Sep 1, 2019 in Featured, Other Issues |

The decision in this case is not about “search and seizure”. It is more about immunity from lawsuits enjoyed by some government workers, and why screeners should NOT have such immunity. The decision was the right one, for without it travelers would have no recourse against abusive screeners. Excerpts from the Article: A U.S. appeals court says travelers can sue the government over mistreatment by federal airport screeners because...

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