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...]

Romero: ACLU Will Fight Trump on Constitution

Anthony Romero, executive director of the ACLU, has an op-ed in the Washington Post pledging that the organization will vigorously defend the Constitution against Donald Trump's appalling policies should he be elected and put them into action. … [Read more...]

Finally, a Federal Judge Says No to Warrantless ‘Stingray’ Searches

It's been known for many years that police departments and the federal government routinely use "stingray" devices to track and record cell phones without a warrant. Finally, one federal judge has ruled out evidence gathered in this clearly unconstitutional manner. … [Read more...]

Kansas Church Wants to Out Rape Victimes

In 2014, two young girls were raped by a volunteer at a summer Bible camp put on by a church in Kansas. The volunteer who did it pleaded guilty and the girls have sued the church for failing to check the rapist's background, which included previous sexual assault. The church now wants the identity of those girls revealed publicly. … [Read more...]

Arpaio Wants to Put American Flags on Inmates’ Uniforms

Fascist Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio is, well, being Joe Arpaio again, telling a right-wing radio show host that he doesn't care that the inmates in his tent concentration camp suffer through near-140 degree temps and that he's going to put American flags on their uniforms. Because of course he is. … [Read more...]