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

January 29, 2009

Render Unto Caesar Whatever The Hell He Wants

Commit a crime? No? Have a reason to carry a lot of cash? Yes? Don’t expect to hang onto it: Over at the poker forum Two Plus Two, pro poker player David Peat writes that he was essentially mugged by DEA agents at an airport in Toledo, Ohio. According to Peat, he and his girlfriend […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 1:23 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Ethics,Individual Rights,Police Watch,Privacy,The War on Drugs
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January 26, 2009

Dumbass and Authoritarians Among Us

Here are a few choice comments in response to a recent post where I argued that Ramos and Compean should not receive presidential pardons. I was aware that this was a very unpopular position to take (even among libertarians) but I was stunned and disturbed by the tone of some of the comments. I’ll let […]

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January 25, 2009

Two Legal Standards in VA: One for the Cops and One for the People

From Pete Eyre of Bureaucrash: This past Friday afternoon when coming home from work I noticed a cop car parked in a no parking zone. I contemplated just walking by to start enjoying some down time but concluded that if I don’t speak up, even against such trivial law-breaking, who else would? As you’ll see […]

Posted By: Stephen Gordon @ 8:37 pm || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Police Watch
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January 19, 2009

Bush Caves, Commutes Sentences for Ramos and Compean

Well, maybe I should say he partially caved. With less than 24 hours left in his presidency, Bush decided to commute Ramos and Compean’s sentences rather than granting full pardons. The Associated Press reports that the president chose to commute their sentences because he agreed with the court’s finding that the men broke the law […]

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January 17, 2009

Supreme Court Takes Middle School Strip Search Case

More than a year ago, I wrote about an Arizona middle school student who was strip searched by school officials after being caught with Advil, a legal non-prescription, over-the-counter pain reliever, in her possession. Yesterday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case and determine whether her parents can pursue a claim against the school […]

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January 14, 2009

Former Police Officer to Face Murder Charges in BART Shooting

San Francisco Chronicle: Johannes Mehserle, the former BART police officer arrested on suspicion of murdering an unarmed passenger on an Oakland train platform early New Year’s Day, waived extradition at a Nevada hearing and will be returned to Alameda County sometime today… […] The ex-officer is being held in connection with the shooting of Oscar […]

Posted By: Stephen Littau @ 12:06 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Crime and Punishment,Legal,Police Watch
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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 10, 2008

25 More Reasons for Criminal Justice Reform

20 months ago I wrote a post (click here) to recognize the successful efforts of The Innocence Project in exonerating 200 wrongly convicted (14 of which were on death row). In the time between that post and this one, the Innocence Project has helped 25 more wrongfully convicted regain their freedom! If this trend continues, […]

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December 8, 2008

ABC Shows Us Just How Little Anti-Terrorism The Homeland Security Apparatus Does

Reality TV junkie? Also a State-worshipper? Then you’re in luck! Every day the men and women of the Department of Homeland Security patrol more than 100,000 miles of America’s borders. This territory includes airports, seaports, land borders, international mail centers, the open seas, mountains, deserts and even cyberspace. Now viewers will get an unprecedented look […]

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September 30, 2008

California Taking All The Fun Out Of Driving

First, no phone calls unless they’re hands-free. Now, no texts or emails on my Crackberry… Starting January 1, 2009 a new law will go into effect where writing, sending, or reading a text-based communication while driving will be against the law for all drivers in California. This new law applies to electronic wireless communications devices […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:06 am || Permalink || Comments (4) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Regulation,Police Watch,The Nanny State
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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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August 13, 2008

Barr Weighs in on No-Knock Raids

I didn’t see the press release from the Bob Barr campaign when I wrote yesterday’s post so I thought I would pass along some of his thoughts on the issue today. The case Barr is specifically referring to is the recent raid in Berwyn Heights, Maryland. Here are a few excerpts: “Absent exigent circumstances, not […]

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August 12, 2008

A Tale of Two Drug Raids

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. For those who wore the badge, they could do no wrong. For the “badge-nots,” they could do no right. I only wish this was a work of fiction but it is not. When it comes to drug raids (often no-knock raids), suspects (whether […]

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May 22, 2008

Third Police Officer Sentenced in Kathryn Johnston Case

(WSB Radio) A Fulton county judge came down hard on Atlanta police officer Arthur Tesler, giving him near the maximum for his role in the killing of Kathryn Johnston. Judge Michael Johnson sentenced Tesler to 4 1/2 years in prison for lying to investigators. Tesler was part of the cover up of the botched drug […]

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May 17, 2008

The People of Yavapai County, Their District Attorney, and Their Sherriff Cordially Invite Serial Killers To Hunt On Their Land

If you are a serial killer who is looking for human prey, you can find some very nice hunting grounds Yapavai County in Arizona. At night, you will be able to force any car you want to stop in a deserted spot at your whim – all you have to do is put some blue […]

Posted By: tarran @ 11:47 am || Permalink || Comments (6) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Crime and Punishment,Fascism in America,Police Watch
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May 15, 2008

ICE Sending Drugs Out Of The Country — Inside Deportees

Our government sure has a strange take on drugs. If you want to take them to get high, or to improve sports performance, or to dull the pain of debilitating diseases, you deserve to be put in jail. But if they’re trying to make someone malleable and complacent, such as schoolchildren, drugs are great! And, […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 4:26 pm || Permalink || Comments (4) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Immigration,Police Watch,The War on Drugs
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May 8, 2008 Showcases The Cory Maye Case

For your consumption…

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 2:35 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Media,Police Watch,The War on Drugs
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More News From The Police Watch Front

This time, it’s the Philadelphia Police Department that’s under scrutiny: PHILADELPHIA — A half-dozen police officers kicked and beat three suspects pulled from a car during a traffic stop as a TV helicopter taped the confrontation, and the city’s police commissioner said “it certainly does not look good.” The video, shot by WTXF-TV, shows three […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 11:23 am || Permalink || Comments (10) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Police Watch
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May 5, 2008

The Next Phase of the Kathryn Johnston Saga Begins

(WSB Radio) Opening arguments begin today in the trial of an Atlanta police officer charged in connection with killing of Kathryn Johnston. Arthur Tesler is the only cop to go on trial for the shooting of the 92 year old woman in her Atlanta home. Tesler did not fire a shot during the November 2006 […]

Posted By: Stephen Littau @ 9:34 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Crime and Punishment,Individual Rights,Legal,Police Watch,Privacy,Property Rights,The War on Drugs
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April 25, 2008

Three NYC Police Officers Acquitted In Death Of Sean Bell

Back in November 2006, a man named Sean Bell was killed on the evening of his bachelor party in some kind of confrontation with the NYPD:  Officers shot three men who had just left a bachelor party held at a Queens strip club early Saturday morning, leaving the groom dead on the day of his […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 8:25 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Police Watch
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