Category: Law


Students Forced To Expose Underwear For Inspection

 

 

 

 

 

” In Gustine, population 457, what happens at the schoolhouse affects nearly everyone. And something happened Monday that is causing a big controversy in this small town.

“I felt uncomfortable, and I didn’t want to do it,” said 11-year-old Eliza Medina. “I felt like they violated my privacy.”

  She was one of about two dozen elementary students who were rounded up in the small town 90 miles southwest of Fort Worth.

  Eliza’s mother, Maria Medina, said boys were taken to one room, girls to another, and they were ordered “to pull down their pants to check them to see if they could find anything.” “

 

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Courtesy Of Sen Mike Lee

 

 

” In 2014, 3,291 pages of new laws were passed by Congress – the branch of government with the constitutional authority to make law – and signed by the president. During this same period, unelected bureaucrats at dozens of federal departments and agencies issued 79,066 pages of new and updated regulations.

  These rules – many that are are inefficient, ineffective, and excessive – continue to limit the ability of small businesses and workers to succeed, rig the system to benefit connected insiders, and hurt hardworking American families through higher costs and limited options in the marketplace. Yet, despite the very real negative effects on our economy, the American people are unable to hold the unelected bureaucrats who make these rules accountable.

Congress cedes far too much lawmaking authority to the executive branch. I look forward to turning this trend around in the 114th Congress to ensure that the ones making the laws are the ones who can be held accountable by the American people.

Visit www.lee.senate.gov to share your ideas for regulatory reform. “

D.C. Grants First Concealed Carry Permits, Ending Decades-Long Prohibition

 

 

 

” The Metropolitan Police Department has granted its first concealed carry permits, effectively ending the longstanding ban on carrying handguns in public that was deemed unconstitutional by a federal judge last year.

  According to an MPD official, eight concealed carry permits have been granted and 11 denied since the department started accepting permit applications in late October. Since then, 69 people applied for the permits, though three were cancelled at the request of the applicant. Of the 66 completed applications, 34 were filed by D.C. residents and 32 by non-residents.

  Last July, Judge Frederick Scullin ruled that the city’s ban on carrying handguns — which had been in effect for 40 years — was an unconstitutional infringement on the Second Amendment. It followed a 2008 Supreme Court ruling that overturned the city’s ban on handgun ownership; since then, over 3,000 handguns have been registered for use in the home.

  Scullin stayed his ruling for 90 days, giving the D.C. Council time to draft and approve emergency legislation allowing residents and non-residents alike to apply for concealed carry permits. A permanent version of the bill was approved in December

The city’s rules also restrict where a gun-owner can carry their gun. Public transportation, schools, government buildings, bars, stadiums, and hospitals are off limits, as are protests and an area around the White House. Individuals carrying handguns also have to remain 1,000 feet away from U.S. or foreign dignitaries.

  After an application is filed, MPD has 90 days to accept or reject it. City rules prohibit the department from releasing any specific information on the applicants or the reasons they cite in their applications, but one official with knowledge of the permitting process said that some of the applicants who were rejected simply cited the Second Amendment as a reason for requesting a concealed carry permit.”

 

 

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Does Your State Protect Your Privacy In The Digital Age?

 

Privacy Rights In The Digital Age

 

 

 

” New technologies make it possible for state and local law enforcement agencies to engage in surveillance that used to be prohibitively expensive and/or effectively impossible. The ACLU has been working with legislators across the country to put in place rules to ensure that we can take advantage of these new technologies without becoming a surveillance society in which our every movements are tracked, monitored, and scrutinized by the authorities. Much of our work to that end focuses on: law enforcement access to electronic communications content, location tracking,automatic license plate readers, and domestic surveillance drones.

  If we can address these four issue areas, we will go a long way toward protecting privacy in the digital age. This map provides a snapshot of the states that have already provided privacy protections for some or all of them. Of course, the devil is in the details of these laws, and we encourage you to review the bill text or to check out the ACLU’s blog for more information on just how much protection there is in your state.”

 

Thanks to the ACLU

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Law Firm At Center Of Silver Scandal Donated Huge Sums To Dems

 

 

Weitz & Luxenberg Federal Donations 2011-2012 (influenceexplorer.com)

 

” The plaintiffs law firm Weitz and Luxenberg, which employed Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, is said to have provided Mr. Silver with $5.3 million in referral fees, despite his having “never performed any legal work whatsoever,” according to the prosecutors.

  If millions of cash for no work sounds like a generous arrangement, it’s not the first time the firm has shown its generosity. According to the Observer’s research, over the last two cycles, members of the law firm has given at least $600,000 to federal candidates, with over 99% of that going to Democrats. The top three recipients in 2013-2014 included Harry Reid ($44,400), Bruce Braley ($39,675) and Kay Hagan ($10,050); in 2011-2012, the top three were Barack Obama ($29,421), Heidi Heitkamp ($22,400) and Mazie Hirono ($22,400). The top ten recipients in both cycles were all Democrats.

  But even these amounts, capped by federal law, pale next to the dollars showered upon candidates for office in New York State. And although no wrongdoing has thus far been attributed to the law firm, it’s at least worth noting that two of the biggest recipients were both involved with the Moreland Commission, which was mysteriously and abruptly disbanded by the governor in March 2014 after less than a year on task of probing public corruption.”

 

New York Observer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pair Of Alleged Young Torches Arrested For Setting Fire To Walmart Store

 

 

 

” An 11-year-old South Carolina boy is facing an arson charge after allegedly setting a fire inside a Walmart that caused millions of dollars in damages to the business, police report.

  The boy’s 13-year-old cousin has also been charged in connection with the December 31 blaze.

  According to investigators, the boy stole a lighter while inside the Columbia store and, with his cousin, used it to set a fire in the Walmart’s greeting card aisle. The ensuing blaze caused significant damage to the store, though no injuries were reported.”

 

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Silver’s Law Firm Rakes In Millions From Judges He Controls

 

 

 

 

His law firm, Weitz & Luxenberg, gets its asbestos cases — and paydays — moved more quickly than those of other attorneys, and reaps a fortune from favorable rulings by friendly judges, charge lawyers and tort-reform advocates.

  Silver’s East Village firm handles more than half the cases in a special section of Manhattan Supreme Court called NYCAL (New York City Asbestos Litigation). So dominant is the firm, the court’s Web site refers to cases as “Weitz” or “non-Weitz.

  The chief asbestos judge, Sherry Klein Heitler — also Manhattan’s chief civil judge — has handled dozens of Weitz & Luxenberg cases.

They’ve taken over a section of the courthouse, and the people in charge of the courthouse run it for them,” said a disgusted lawyer who files personal-injury cases in Manhattan. “It pours money into the firm.”

The firm told investigators it hired Silver, who has no experience in asbestos cases, in 2002, because it hoped to “increase the firm’s prestige and perceived power,” according to last week’s federal indictment charging Silver raked in about $4 million in bribes and kickbacks.

  That perceived power has paid off, critics say.

  Last year, at Weitz & Luxenberg’s request, Heitler reversed a 20-year rule barring punitive damages in asbestos cases, paving the way for much bigger jury awards and putting pressure on defendants to settle.

  Another judge, Joan Madden, consolidated unrelated asbestos cases. Joining up to seven plaintiffs has resulted in huge increases in NYCAL jury verdicts — from an average of $7 million to $24 million per plaintiff between 2010 and 2014, data collected by Bates White Economic Consulting show.

  Last year, Weitz & Luxenberg won a record $190 million in a consolidated trial for five mesothelioma victims who worked in different jobs for different employers.

  Of 15 mesothelioma verdicts in the last four years, Silver’s firm won $273.5 million of $313.5 million awarded by NYCAL juries. Law firms usually take a third.

  The average award for a NYCAL asbestos case — nearly $16 million per plaintiff between 2010 and 2014 — is two to three times larger than those in other courts nationwide, Bates White reported last month at an asbestos law conference in New York.”

 

NY Post

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

State Police Eye Early Pistol-Permit Registration

 

 

 

” State Police are planning a pilot program to start getting pistol-permit holders to re-certify their weapons as part of the state’s controversial SAFE Act.

  New York’s gun-control law adopted in January 2013 requires pistol-permit holders to re-certify their weapons every five years starting in 2018.

  But with about 2 million pistol-permit holders in New York, State Police appear to be starting the process early through a pilot program in the Albany area that could slowly expand to other parts of the state, county clerks and sheriffs said.

  The pilot program in Albany, Schenectady and Fulton counties could start as early as next month. State Police, according to local officials, are expected to start by sending out letters to 500 gun owners in each county asking them to voluntarily re-certify their guns now instead of 2018.

” They are trying to break up the workload,” said Wayne County Clerk Michael Jankowski, who wrote a memo to fellow clerks last month after State Police presented preliminary plans at a clerks’ meeting last fall.

  But the scope and the process for the early re-certification is unclear. State Police would offer no specifics.”

 

Read the rest … forewarned is forearmed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

House And Senate Are Considering Bills To Allow Hemp Nationwide

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Republican Congressman Thomas Massie is a man on a mission, and that mission is to get farmers in his home state of Kentucky and across the nation growing hemp again. Massie is a staunch libertarian with a disdain for intrusive federal regulation, and his Industrial Hemp Farming Act would chip off a bit of federal power by allowing cultivation of industrial hemp in the United States.

  While Massie himself is something of an outsider in the Republican Party, having voted twice against John Boehner for Speaker of the House, this particular cause is moving further into the mainstream. His new bill boasts 47 co-sponsors*, forming a surprising coalition of lawmakers from both parties and suggesting there could be a groundswell of support for allowing marijuana’s strait-laced cousin back into American fields.

  Industrial hemp can be made into a variety of products, including paper, food, clothing, and cosmetics. It does not contain enough of marijuana’s psychoactive ingredient, THC, to get anyone high from smoking it. Rep. Massie has taken to tweeting about the bill with the hashtag #ThinkRopeNotDope. “

 

 

    If it was good enough for the Founding Fathers , it should be good enough for us , after all they were certainly wiser than our current crop of Congressional denizens ,

Read more at Slate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

N.Y. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver Accused Of $4 Million Bribery And Kickback Scheme, Dems Continue To Support Him

 

 

 

 

 

” Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver declared his innocence Thursday after facing bombshell federal corruption charges of soliciting $4 million in dirty money over the last 15 years.

“ I am confident that after a full hearing and due process, I will be vindicated of these charges,” a relaxed Silver announced after his release on $200,000 bond following a Manhattan Federal Court hearing.

  Silver, spied earlier taking an uncomfortable ride to the courthouse alongside an FBI agent, made his brief appearance after U.S. Attorney Preet Bhahara blasted him as the epitome of a corrupt politician.

“ For many years, New Yorkers have asked the question, ‘How could Speaker Silver, one of the most powerful men in New York, earn millions of dollars in outside income without deeply compromising his ability to honestly serve his constituents?’” said Bharara.

“ Today we provide the answer: He didn’t.” “

 

Be sure to read it all at The Daily News … this moment has been a long time coming …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Man Tackles, Chokes Armed Walmart Shopper

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Investigators released video Wednesday of one Walmart shopper tackling another after he saw the man carrying a gun. But it turned out the man who was tackled had a concealed-weapons permit.

  Video released by the sheriff’s office shows Clarence Daniels walking into the entryway, with other shoppers and small children nearby. Then you see Michael Foster come up behind him, grab his neck and take him to the ground.

  As the two fall, there are three small children right around them, and they fall into one of them.

  Investigators believe it all started when Foster said he saw Daniels in the parking lot, holstering his gun.  He followed Daniels in and tackled him — without calling 911 or alerting store security, the Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office said.

  Store security eventually showed up and detained both men until law enforcement arrived.

  When deputies confirmed that Daniels had a permit for the gun, they arrested Foster.

  One witness saw it all, and was outraged.”

 

 

CCW Carrier Attacked

 

” “ He doesn’t even know who the victim is,” said Manton Sameuls. “But he just goes and attacks the man and throws him to the ground, necklock him, for what? Why? What did the man do?”

  Foster is now charged with battery. “

 

 

Thanks to MyFox Tampa Bay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sheldon Silver, New York Assembly Speaker, Faces Arrest On Corruption Charges

 

 

 

 

” Federal authorities are expected to arrest Sheldon Silver, the powerful speaker of the New York State Assembly, on corruption charges on Thursday, people with knowledge of the matter said. The case is likely to throw Albany into disarray at the beginning of a new session.

  The investigation that led to the expected charges against Mr. Silver, a Democrat from the Lower East Side of Manhattan who has served as speaker for more than two decades, began after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in March abruptly shut down an anticorruption commission he had created in 2013.

  Details of the specific charges to be brought against Mr. Silver were unclear on Wednesday night, but one of the people with knowledge of the matter said they stemmed from payments that Mr. Silver received from a small law firm that specializes in seeking reductions of New York City real estate taxes. The total amount of the payments was unclear, but another person has said they were substantial and were made over several years.

  Mr. Silver failed to list the payments from the firm, Goldberg & Iryami, on his annual financial disclosure filings with the state, as required.”

     God bless Preet Bharara and the Federal prosecutor’s office . It looks like Gov Cuomo’s shutdown of the Moreland commission was not enough to save one of the Dem’s favorite sons . Heres hoping Silver finishes his days in an 8×8 cell . Wishful thinking , I know , but one can hope .

Read more at the NY Times

Supreme Court Backs Former Air Marshal In Whistleblower Case

 

 

 

 

” The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that a former air marshal can seek whistleblower protections for disclosing sensitive information to the news media about the absence of security officers on certain flights.

  On a 7-2 vote, the court rejected arguments made by President Barack Obama’s administration, which was seeking to reverse an appeals court ruling favoring whistleblower Robert MacLean, who was fired for the 2003 leak.

” I believe the ruling will give other federal employees more confidence to expose wrongdoing,” MacLean, who was fired in 2006 and now works in residential construction management in California, said in an interview.

  The legal question was whether MacLean’s actions may be protected by the U.S. Whistleblower Protection Act, a law that protects employees if a disclosure exposes unlawful conduct, gross mismanagement or threats to public safety.

  In an opinion by Chief Justice John Roberts, the court concluded that U.S. Transportation Security Administration regulations that prohibited MacLean’s disclosures did not have sufficient legal force to bar him from receiving protections under the Whistleblower Protection Act.”

 

Reuters has the whole story

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Man Bulldozes Home: Wife’s Errands End With Home, Everything Inside In Rubble

 

 

 

 

 

 

” A man bulldozed his wife’s home down to the ground with everything inside it, and when he was asked why he didn’t let her know about it, he said that he tried to call her, but she didn’t answer her phone. The bizarre story coming out of New York certainly confirms one of the neighbor’s observations that while the husband is a “nice guy,” he is also a “loose cannon.” As reported by 4 New York on Jan. 21, when 48-year-old James Rhein’s wife came home to her house after running errands on Monday, she was extremely upset. “She was in the middle of the road screaming, ‘her house, what happened to her house?'”

  Apparently, James Rhein is not a man of words but of action. The house on Woodland Avenue in Middletown in New York, which legally belonged to his wife, had problems with the foundation and was crumbling from years of disrepair. On Monday, while his wife was running some errands, James had some time on his hand to take care of the problematic house.

  Since Monday was a federal holiday and all official offices to get a demolition permit were closed, Rhein took the matter into his own hands. He rented a bulldozer from a local construction company, got to work, and by the time his wife was done with her errands, the house was taken care of – as in bulldozed to the ground.”

 

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Countdown Timer Hints At Pirate Bay Return

 

 

Pirate Bay countdown

 

 

 

” The sunken Pirate Bay is undergoing salvage operations and could return to the waters of the internet late next week, if a new countdown timer on the original site is to be believed.

  The timer, which is counting down to zero, stands at just over 10 days and 11 hours – but does not state what will happen at the end of the period.

  At the bottom of the page a familiar Pirate Bay battleship logo sails towards a cartoon of an island harbour named “welcome home”. That could indicate a return to the internet for the self-proclaimed “galaxy’s most resilient BitTorrent site”. “

 

The Guardian has more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two California High School Teachers Arrested For Hosting Boozy Beach Sex Parties With Students

 

 

 

 

” Two California teachers have been arrested on suspicion of having sex with students during two beach trips.

  Melody Lippert and Michelle Ghirelli, both teachers at South Hills High School in West Covina, California, were arrested on Saturday after allegedly hosting trips to an Orange County beach where they plied students from the school with alcohol and had sex with them, NBC Los Angeles reports.

  The first of these trips occurred in November and was allegedly organized by Lippert, investigators from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said.

  A group of male students purportedly accompanied Lippert, 38, to San Clemente State Beach, where she gave them alcohol and “engaged in a sexual relationship with one of them,” according to the Los Angeles Times.

  A few weeks later, Lippert allegedly set up a second overnight trip and invited Ghirelli, 30, along as well. Both teachers are accused of having sex with students on that trip.”

 

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Federal Court Says It’s 100% Legal To Give Cops The Finger

 

 

 

 

” The 14-page opinion issued by the the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit ruled that the “ancient gesture of insult is not the basis for a reasonable suspicion of a traffic violation or impending criminal activity.”

  The ruling comes in response to a case where John Swartz and his wife Judy Mayton-Swartz were forced to bring suit against two police officers who arrested Swartz back in May of 2006. The arrest was made simply as a result of John Swartz flipping off the officer who was using a radar device at an intersection in St. Johnsville, New York.

  Swartz was charged with “disorderly conduct,” the common way that officers charge people when they have not committed any crime. “

 

Countercurrent News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Norway Deports Radical Muslims… Look How Far The Crime Rate Dropped!

 

 

” A resident of Olso, Norway named Adrian Stavig said something that Obama never would:

“ The world’s largest gang of thugs, murderers, and rapists is masquerading as a religion of peace.”

  The new Norwegian Prime Minister, Erna Solberg, began a program that deports Muslims who have ties to radical groups and the country’s violent crimes are down more than 31%.

  Liberals everywhere are crying “Racism!” “

 

 

 

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Police Investigate Gunshots Outside VP Biden’s Delaware Home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Law enforcement officials have boosted security at the Delaware home of Vice President Joe Biden after several gunshots rang out from a vehicle speeding by the property over the weekend.

  The vice president and his wife were not at their Wilmington home Saturday night when the shots were fired and there were no reports of injuries, authorities said Sunday.

  Biden’s office said the vice president and his wife, Jill Biden, were briefed Saturday night, as was President Barack Obama. Biden’s office referred all other questions to the Secret Service. The vice president was set to speak Monday morning in Wilmington at a Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast organized by a minority women’s group.

  Secret Service spokesman Robert Hoback said the shots were fired at about 8:25 p.m. Saturday on a public road outside the home’s secure perimeter. Biden’s home is several hundred yards from the road. Secret Service personnel stationed at the top of the long, winding driveway leading to Biden’s home heard the shots, saw the vehicle drive past the home at a high rate of speed and flee the scene.”

   Maybe it was Jill on the balcony , letting loose a couple blasts to chase off some intruders … on second thought they better check the front door for damage … LOL

AP News

Mother Charged With Burning Newborn Baby To Death In Burlington County

 

 

 

 

 

 

” A young South Jersey mother is in jail, charged with the burning death of her newborn baby Friday night.

  Authorities say 22-year-old Hyphernkemberly Dorvilier of Pemberton Township, Burlington County doused her newborn baby with a flammable liquid then set the child on fire in the middle of a road.

It happened around 11 p.m. along Simontown Road. Police arrived and quickly extinguished the flames.”

 

CBS Philly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Woman Papa Johns Pizza Deliverer Shoots Robber While Held At Gunpoint, And Now Might Lose Her Job

 

Papa John's Delivery Woman Shoots Robber

 

 

 

” On Sunday, a pizza deliverer for Papa Johns was held at gunpoint while making a delivery. The woman, not yet named by police, was forced to lay on the ground by two armed robbers. While on the ground, she was able to pull her gun out of her pocket and shot one of the robbers in the face.

  Donquaz Stephenson, 24, was the suspect that was shot. The other suspect fled, taking the delivery woman’s 2000 Honda Accord.

  One policeman interviewed by WSB-TV concluded, “She felt she had no other choice. She must have been in fear for her life and reacted.”

  The employee was not hurt, but she now fears that she will lose her job for carrying her weapon.”

 

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Serial Killer Cop Jailed For Murdering 22 Women

 

 

 

 

” A retired Russian policeman who raped and murdered 22 women – in what he claimed was a campaign to cleanse his town of prostitutes – has been jailed for life.

  Describing himself as a a “cleaner”, Mikhail Popkov, raped and axed or stabbed the victims late at night in the Siberian city of Angarsk after offering to give them lifts in his police car.

  Bodies of the victims – who included a teacher, a shop assistant and several prostitutes – were found dumped in woods, on the roadside and in a cemetery.

  One had been decapitated and another’s heart had been removed, while it is reported he had sex with some of the bodies after killing them.”

 

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FBI Says John Boehner’s West Chester Bartender Planned To Poison Him

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Ebola, evil voices and the devil.

  Those are just a few of the things a Butler County bartender cited as reasons he was going to kill House Speaker John Boehner this past fall, federal agents said.

  Michael Robert Hoyt, 44, was indicted Jan. 7 on charges of threatening to murder the congressman in a plot police said included poisoning his drink at a country club.

  Hoyt served drinks to Boehner for more than five years at the Wetherington Country Club in West Chester and was known as “Bartender Mike” to employees there.

  Hoyt called police on Oct. 29, a week after being fired from the club, and blamed Boehner for his woes, police said.”

 

WCPO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Son Jailed For Defending Abused Mum With Hammer Attack On ‘Jekyll And Hyde’ Dad

 

 

 

” A son who battered his abusive father with a hammer in a bid to stop him from attacking his mother has been jailed for six years.

  Benjamin Wilson grabbed the heavy weapon and raced upstairs at the family home after hearing crashing, shouting and commotion coming from the bedroom.

  Wilson, 22, then went into the room and beat his 46-year-old dad Craig with the weapon after claiming he was defending his mother.

  Teesside Crown Court heard how the young man could have been locked up for 12 years or more for the assault, which left his dad with brain damage and holes in his head and face.

  Instead he was given a reduced sentence after the judge considered provocation by the victim – who was described as a “violent nasty drunk”.

  But thousands have signed a petition calling on Wilson to be freed, saying the exceptional circumstances should have kept him from being locked up at all.”

 

The Mirror has the story

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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