Thoughts, essays, and writings on Liberty. Written by the heirs of Patrick Henry.

January 6, 2009

Ramos and Compean Should NOT be Pardoned

As the Bush era comes to a close, the list of last minute pardon requests are growing. Perhaps the loudest demand for pardon comes (mostly) from Conservatives who are angry that President Bush has not acted to pardon two Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean. Those who demand the pardon claim that [...]

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December 1, 2008

Sex Offender Insanity

I’ve written several times in the past about the manner in which America’s sex offender registry laws have led to insane, some might even say unjust, outcomes. There was the six-year old boy in Virginia who will go through the rest of his school career tagged as a sexual offender. The 15 year old Ohio [...]

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October 27, 2008

Stevens Convicted

40 years of corruption down the drain. Might as well have joined the f’in Peace Corps: Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens was convicted of seven corruption charges Monday in a trial that threatened to end the 40-year career of Alaska’s political patriarch in disgrace. The verdict, coming barely a week before Election Day, increased Stevens’ difficulty [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 3:48 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Corruption,Crime and Punishment,Equal Protection,Government Waste,Legal,Mandatory Minimum Sentences
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October 13, 2008

Personal Attack Ad…Against Myself!

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be on the receiving end of a personal attack ad? I have. During the 2006 campaign, I thought it would be fun to write my own personal attack ad…against myself! Like many attack ads, everything I wrote about myself was (is) technically true but lacked [...]

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August 14, 2008

Government Reefer Madness Update: Lynch Receives 100 Year Sentence

This is an update to a post I wrote in late June. Maybe its time to propose some sort of “fully informed jury” legislation and demand a return to federalism?

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March 29, 2008

How Saudi Justice Is Sometimes More Merciful Than American Justice

In the field of professional executioners, the Saudi executioner has one of the more brutal reputations since he uses a sword to cut off people’s heads. This is not the clean antiseptic push-button executions of the U.S. but one where the executioner has to physically exert himself, gore splatters and the smell of blood fills [...]

Posted By: tarran @ 7:18 am || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Crime and Punishment,Mandatory Minimum Sentences
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February 29, 2008

Pew Report: 1 in 100 U.S. Adults Behind Bars in 2008

A Pew report found that 1 in every 100 U.S. adults is now behind bars. The breakdown along racial and ethnic lines is even more disturbing. In the 18 and over age demographic for males, Pew found that 1 in 106 white males are behind bars compared to 1 in 36 for Hispanic males, and [...]

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December 10, 2007

Two Victories on the Mandatory Minimums Front

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Monday said judges may impose shorter prison terms for crack cocaine crimes, enhancing judicial discretion to reduce the disparity between sentences for crack and cocaine powder. By a 7-2 vote, the court said that a 15-year sentence given to Derrick Kimbrough, a veteran of the 1991 war with Iraq, [...]

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November 1, 2007

The Broader Implications of the Genarlow Wilson Verdict

Last week’s 5-4 Georgia Supreme Court ruling in the Genarlow Wilson case is not only great news for Genarlow Wilson but also great news for others who have found themselves in a similar situation. With the ruling being as close as it was it’s clear that the court could have easily ruled the other way. [...]

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October 22, 2007

Bill O’Reilly’s Ignorance on Display

This 5 minute video clip from Bill O’Reilly’s The O’Reilly Factor is a little old but I just discovered it at the Reason.tv website. In this clip, O’Reilly confronts Reason Magazine’s Jacob Sullum who just wrote the book Saying Yes: In Defense of Drug Use. While don’t agree that recreational drug use is a positive [...]

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September 21, 2007

A Small Victory

If anyone has any doubts about whether or not the war on (some) drugs and mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines turn otherwise law abiding citizens into criminals, look no further than the injustice Richard Paey suffered in the State of Florida. To make a long story short: Paey received serious injuries in a car accident, his [...]

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July 13, 2007

Genarlow Wilson Prosecutor Distributes Child Porn

ATLANTA (AP) — District Attorney David McDade has handed out some 35 copies of a video of teenagers having sex at a party. McDade says Georgia’s open-records law leaves him no choice but to release the footage because it was evidence in one of the state’s most turbulent cases — that of Genarlow Wilson, a [...]

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July 11, 2007

Don’t Stop With Scooter

Over at Reason, Jacob Sullum suggests that President Bush take a look a few other unjust sentences now that he’s commuted Scooter Libbey’s prison sentence: Consider Weldon Angelos, a 24-year-old Utah record producer with two children who in 2004 was sent to prison for 55 years—a life sentence, in effect—because he owned guns when he [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 6:41 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Crime and Punishment,Legal,Mandatory Minimum Sentences
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June 28, 2007

Genarlow Wilson Is Still In Jail

By now, Genarlow Wilson’s story should be familiar to everyone. At 17 he was convicted of having consenual oral sex with his fifteen year old girlfriend and, because of the absurdity of Georgia’s sex offender laws, he was sentenced to ten years in prison. Earlier this month, the judge in charge of his case reduced [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 6:20 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Crime and Punishment,Legal,Mandatory Minimum Sentences,Sex
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June 11, 2007

More Mandatory Minimums Madness: The “Sexual Predator” Edition, Part II

Back in January, I wrote a post about the injustice that befell seventeen year old Genarlow Wilson who was sentenced to ten years in prison for engaging in oral sex with a fifteen year old girl (just a few months shy of sixteen) at a New Year’s party. Wilson was charged with aggravated child molesting. [...]

Posted By: Stephen Littau @ 1:56 pm || Permalink || Comments (7) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Crime and Punishment,General,Legal,Mandatory Minimum Sentences,Sex
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May 5, 2007

Bush Pulls Out Veto Pen When Dems Control Congress

Bush Administration intends to veto hate crimes bill: The Administration favors strong criminal penalties for violent crime, including crime based on personal characteristics, such as race, color, religion, or national origin. However, the Administration believes that H.R. 1592 is unnecessary and constitutionally questionable. If H.R. 1592 were presented to the President, his senior advisors would [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 12:12 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Crime and Punishment,Government Regulation,Legal,Mandatory Minimum Sentences,Politics
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April 12, 2007

A Youthful Indiscretion

Democrat presidential candidate and Illinois Senator Barack Obama is only the latest politician to admit to using drugs in his youth. Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Bill Bradley, Clarence Thomas, Newt Gingrich, John Kerry, John Edwards, Howard Dean and a number of who’s who of the political class (of both political parties) have admitted to using [...]

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March 30, 2007

Seven Years for Shoving?

That’s the sentence 14 year old Shaquanda Cotton received in Paris, TX after shoving a hall monitor in a dispute. Now, while readers of this site certainly would be interested in such an apparent miscarriage of justice, I don’t think it’s too much to say that this wouldn’t get much play in the national media [...]

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March 8, 2007

Anyone Who Believes America is Winning the Drug War Must Be High

Originally posted November 10, 2004 at Fearless Philosophy for Free Minds Could legalizing drugs be the answer to reducing drug use in America? Most people would probably call that idea crazy. Why would the government want to encourage drug use? This is a misconception most people have when the taboo topic of legalizing drugs is [...]

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January 20, 2007

More Mandatory Minimums Madness: The “Sexual Predator” Edition

Cross posted at Fearless Philosophy for Free Minds I have written in the past about the insanity of mandatory minimum sentencing laws on at least two occasions (here, and here). In my previous posts, the minimum sentencing guidelines had to do with the war on drugs. In this latest outrage however, this mandatory minimum sentence [...]

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