Virginia County Prevents Muslims from Building a Mosque

The highly bigoted people of Culpepper County, Virginia, many of whom undoubtedly scream about the terrible persecution they must endure as Christians -- you know, War on Christmas and all that horrible abuse -- have prevented a small group of Muslims there to build a mosque on an abandoned lot. … [Read more...]

Delaware May Reform Civil Asset Forfeitures

A couple other states have reined in the outrageously unconstitutional practice of civil asset forfeiture and now Delaware may be looking to partially reform their system. A bill has been submitted with bipartisan support that would do away with what is essentially a slush fund from such forfeitures, but it doesn't really go far enough. … [Read more...]

Another Way the Courts Deny Justice

I've long written about our criminal injustice system and the many ways it makes it easy for wrongful convictions and difficult to secure justice. Here's another way, which involves making it all but impossible for federal judges to overturn state convictions even if they were clearly wrong. … [Read more...]

DOJ Restarts Unconstitutional Asset Forfeiture Program

A few months ago I cheered when the Obama Department of Justice announced that it was suspending the program whereby it shared the plunder from blatantly unconstitutional civil asset forfeitures with local police department. So much for that. They've now restarted the program: … [Read more...]

Ted Cruz’ Odd Definition of Success

In defending his demand that law enforcement "patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods," Ted Cruz is pointing to the NYPD's Muslim surveillance program, which was ended in 2014 and the subject of a settled lawsuit between the ACLU and the city. He called the program "very successful" and the "finest there is in the world." … [Read more...]

Cruz Makes ‘Patrol and Secure’ Idea Even Worse

Immediately after the bombings in Brussels the Republican candidates were using it to justify a stronger police state and more unconstitutional intrusions. Ted Cruz demanded that the police "patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods." He then tried to clarify his remarks and made them even worse. … [Read more...]

7th Circuit Strikes a Blow Against Asset Forfeiture

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has handed down a ruling that says the police can't seize money from someone without presenting actual evidence that the money was gained in or used for a criminal act. Imagine that, having to actually show that someone committed a crime before you take their stuff. … [Read more...]

Immigration Judges Hammer DOJ Official on Child Refugees

A new brief has been filed in the ACLU's case seeking right to counsel for children seeking refugee status in immigration court proceedings. The brief was filed by three former immigration judges hammering a former judge and current DOJ official for his ludicrous claim that he has taught immigration law to three- and four-year olds. … [Read more...]

Conservative Group Launches Vile Attack on SCOTUS Nominees

The Judicial Crisis Network was founded as the Judicial Confirmation Network, to push for the confirmation of Bush's appointees to the federal courts. But now that a Democrat is in office, they've done a total 180 and are all for obstruction rather than confirmation. And now they're attacking even potential SCOTUS nominees. … [Read more...]

NSA Data to be Used in Regular Criminal Investigations

When the Patriot Act was passed and the national surveillance state was built, proponents said not to worry, this was just to help us stop terrorists. Civil liberties groups knew that was a lie we've seen the evidence for years. And now it's getting worse because NSA data mining will now be used in routine criminal investigations too. … [Read more...]

Study Finds Wrongful Convictions Rampant in California

A study of more than two decades of criminal cases in California by three groups that work to exonerate the innocent finds evidence of almost 700 wrongful convictions resulting in almost 3000 total years in prison and nearly $300 million in costs to the state. … [Read more...]

DOJ Official Thinks Three Year Olds Can Be Immigration Lawyers

In one of the most unbelievably asinine things I've ever heard anyone say, the man who trains immigration judges for the Department of Justice said in a deposition that a three or four year old child can represent themselves in court during immigration and amnesty proceedings. … [Read more...]