Washington Court: Refusing To Let Cops Enter Homes Without Warrants Isn't Obstruction

A man who refused to open his door to let police enter his home without a warrant should not have been convicted for obstruction of justice, the lead opinion for the Washington Supreme Court concluded on Thursday. “Criminalizing the refusal to open one’s own door to a warrantless entry would be enormously chilling and inconsistent with our deeply held constitutional values,” Justice Steven Gonzalez wrote in Shoreline v. McLemore.

First Massachusetts state trooper sentenced in overtime scandal

The first state trooper to be sentenced in the major overtime fraud scandal got just one day in prison — time served — after admitting he stole more than $7,000, though prosecutors pushed for three months behind bars.

Eric Chin, 46, of Hanover will have to pay back the $7,125 he admitted to stealing through claiming overtime hours he didn’t actually work. U.S. District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns on Monday sentenced Chin to a single day in jail — which the judge deemed he’d already served before his arraignment — with three months of house arrest and nine months of supervised release.

Chin, who has been fired by the state police, pleaded guilty in December to one count of embezzlement from an agency receiving federal funds.

U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling had sought three months behind bars for Chin followed by a year of supervised release. In a sentencing memorandum, Lelling wrote, “Few crimes strike at the core of the justice system more than those involving law enforcement officers who choose to break, rather than uphold, the law. Though at its heart a crime motivated by simple greed, it is far more troubling than the run of the mill fraud cases in this court.”

The Push to Demonize Private Gun Ownership Never Stops

Americans use guns defensively about 2 million times a year — about 5 times more frequently than guns are used to commit crimes. But don’t expect to see gun owners saving the day on television. Instead, gun owners are bigoted, hotheaded, and dangerous.

Gun Banners Indoctrinate Kids with Toy Gun Turn-in

During the Christmas of 1914, some French, British, and German soldiers along World War I’s Western Front informally ceased hostilities in order to celebrate the holiday. The truce offered the combatants a brief moment to celebrate their shared humanity amidst the otherwise ghastly conflict.

No such luck for Americans weary of the United States’ all-consuming culture war. For anti-gun zealots, the Christmas season offers fresh opportunities to mold the next generation of obedient statists.

Real gun rights organizations step up to challenge Trump’s unconstitutional power grab

Hot on the heels of the announcement that President Donald Trump’s Department of Just(Us) was going to unilaterally ban a legal gun device, a bump stock manufacturer and three gun rights organizations filed suit to stop it and overturn any authority Trump and his acting attorney general think they have to create ex post facto laws out of thin air.

Students at North Butler and Clarksville schools can take firearms course in spring

Firearm safety is being added to the curriculum in the North Butler and Clarksville Community School Districts.

Starting in the spring, a mandatory hunter safety course taught by Butler County Conservation will be implemented into the 7th and 8th grade PE curriculum. A voluntary, closed class will be added for those in grades 9-12 who want to participate.

Duggar Sisters Sue Police for Violating Privacy Rights

The Duggar family from "19 Kids and Counting" had their family's dirty laundry aired concerning one brother molesting four sisters, much to the family's disappointment and dismay. In the months following the release of the news, their show was canceled, and their brother, Josh, entered rehab.

You Can Secretly Record Officials and Police in Massachusetts, a Judge Ruled

In a victory for two very different groups of people, a federal judge has ruled that a Massachusetts law against secretly recording police officers or government officials in public places is unconstitutional.

U.S. District Court Judge Patti Saris on Monday sided with a duo of Boston activists fighting for the right to record Boston police during arrests, and James O’Keefe, the conservative activist behind the group Project Veritas. Both argued that the possibility of being arrested for secretly filming public figures kept them from holding government accountable. Their suits named as defendants District Attorney Dan Conley and Boston Police Commissioner William Gross and challenged Section 99, part of the state’s 1968 wiretap law.

“On the core constitutional issue, the Court holds that secret audio recording of government officials, including law enforcement officials, performing their duties in public is protected by the First Amendment, subject only to reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions,” Saris wrote in her decision. Section 99, she wrote, “is unconstitutional in those circumstances.”

Taylor Swift used facial recognition software to detect stalkers at LA concert

The periphery of a Taylor Swift concert is as thought out as the show she presents on stage. Beyond the traditional merchandise stands, there are often dedicated selfie-staging points and staff distributing light-up bracelets. When Swift performed at the Los Angeles Rose Bowl venue on 18 May, fans could watch rehearsal clips at a special kiosk.

Congress Not Pleased With Amazon Facial Recognition Answers

For fans of facial recognition, and other tech that utilizes biometrics, the recent letter sent by some House reps to Amazon will certainly be of interest.


Subscribe to Penny Dean and Your Rights RSS