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...]

Muslim Lives Apparently Worth Less

Here's a story I find rather appalling. A man in California who threatened to kill everyone at a mosque and then built a bomb to do it was sentenced to a mere 90 days in jail. Meanwhile, a guy in Wisconsin who told someone else he wanted to kill President Obama, but did nothing to make that happen, got three years in prison. … [Read more...]

Erik Prince Under Investigation Again

Erik Prince, founder of the infamous mercenary company Blackwater and heir from a prominent right-wing Michigan family, is once again under investigation for a number of serious crimes, including money laundering and offering mercenary services to countries under sanction by the United States. … [Read more...]

New Bill Caves to Extremists’ Demands on Public Lands

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a far-right Republican from Utah, is sponsoring a bill that would give in to one of the core demands of the Bundy clan and other anti-government extremists by stripping the ability of the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service to enforce federal law on federal land. … [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...]

SCOTUS Rejects Challenge to Marijuana Legalization Laws

This is very interesting. The Supreme Court on Monday denied cert in a case filed by several states challenging the legalization of marijuana in neighboring states, saying that legalization increased the flow of pot into their own states and required them to expend more resources to fight it. … [Read more...]

ID Sheriff: No Need for Rape Kits Since Most Accusations are False

In case you haven't gotten your recommended daily allowance of outrage today: A county sheriff in Idaho is opposing a bill that would require the use of a rape kit to collect evidence at a hospital after an alleged sexual assault because, he says, most rape accusations are false anyway. … [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...]

Journalist Roughed Up By Police at Trump Rally

A CBS reporter was roughed up by police at the melee after the canceled Donald Trump rally in Chicago, then arrested and charged with resisting arrest. The video shows nothing remotely like resisting arrest, of course, as is so often the case when those charges are filed. They'll end up dropping the charges and he should sue the police department. … [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...]

Two Bishops Accused of Covering Up Rape of Hundreds of Children

An explosive report from a grand jury in Pennsylvania says that two bishops who presided over a diocese in that state covered up the abuse of hundreds of children by more than 50 priests over the course of nearly five decades. Just another tragic chapter in a book full of horrific abuse of children by Catholic priests. … [Read more...]

Criminal Charges in the Greatest Political Scandal Ever

You may remember what I call the Greatest Political Scandal Ever, when two state reps here in Michigan cooked up a cockamamie plan to cover up their affair by planting a fake story about him being busted for gay prostitution. Well now Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat are being criminally charged for the whole thing. … [Read more...]