Baptist Missionary Convicted Under New Russian ‘Terrorism’ Law

A few months ago, Russia passed an "anti-terrorism" law that was really a law to punish any religious activities the government disapproved of. A Baptist missionary is one of the first people convicted under that new law for preaching outside of a church. … [Read more...]

Trump Would Bring Back Stop and Frisk Nationwide

Sean Hannity hosted a townhall meeting for Donald Trump that Fox News described as a "meeting on African-American concerns." And to show just how much he understands those concerns, he actually said that he would reinstate the NYPD's unconstitutional Stop and Frisk program nationwide. … [Read more...]

Judge: Government Hacking a Computer is a Search

It seems like this should be the most obvious thing in the known universe, but sadly it's not. A federal judge has ruled that when the government hacks into your computer to get information they otherwise would not have access to, that's a search under the 4th Amendment. DUH. … [Read more...]

Illinois School Punishes Student for Not Standing for Pledge

A school in Blue Island, Illinois is apparently looking to get sued. After a high school student refused to stand for the pledge of allegiance, entirely within his rights, the teacher tried to physically force him to do so. Clueless teacher, please meet the student's attorney. … [Read more...]

Raid to Find Critical Blogger Ruled Unconstitutional

When a Louisiana sheriff raided the home of someone he thought might be an anonymous blogger who had been criticizing him a few weeks ago, it was quite obvious that the search was unconstitutional despite a judge having signed the warrant. An appeals court has now ruled as such. … [Read more...]

Court: You Can’t Search a Car Because of the State It Comes From

In states that border states that have legal marijuana, either recreational or medicinal, the police often focus their attention on cars coming out of those states because it's more likely they're transporting pot. But an appeals court just ruled that you can't do a search merely because of that. … [Read more...]

DOJ Brief: No Pretrial Detention for Inability to Pay Bond

The Obama administration filed a brief in an important case arguing that judges should not be able to order defendants held in jail pending trial merely because they are too poor to afford to pay a bond. The DOJ has been on a nice roll lately. … [Read more...]

Gaffney and Rios Fondly Reminisce About Joseph McCarthy

Professional Islamophobe Frank Gaffney and professional moron Sandy Rios spent some time fondly reminiscing about the good old days of Joseph McCarthy and the House Un-American Activities Committee, wishing they could send their political enemies in front of it today. … [Read more...]

Brian Kilmeade: Still an Idiot

Brian Kilmeade, who still holds the #2 spot on my list of the dumbest people on Fox News (behind Steve Doocy, of course), strengthens his hold on that spot with his attempted defense of Trump's anti-Muslim immigration policies by reference to the Alien and Sedition Acts. … [Read more...]

The Intentional Gutting of Trial by Jury

The New York Times has an article about the almost total loss of trial by jury for the overwhelming majority of criminal defendants. Around 95% of all criminal cases now result in plea bargains, a result of prosecutorial leverage and the intentional underfunding of our public defender systems. … [Read more...]

Public Opinion on BLM the Same as to the Civil Rights Movement

Whenever a civil rights movement of any kind begins, the public responds with alarm. They're pushing for change too fast! They're disrupting things! They're hurting their own cause! Vox points out that the polls showed the same response to the Black Lives Matter movement as for the black civil rights movement in the 60s. … [Read more...]

Gingrich Makes Last Ditch Effort to Be Trump’s VP

The night before Donald Trump was set to announce his vice presidential pick, with all the reports indicating it would be Mike Pence, Newt Gingrich made what seemed to be a 13th hour case for himself as he reacted to the horrifying attack in Nice, France by proposing blatantly unconstitutional policies. … [Read more...]