Equal Protection Requires Equal Enforcement

March 1, 2012
One of the freedoms most overlooked by the average person in the United States is the freedom of the press.  Throughout our history the press has exposed political corruption that brought down a President, financial dealings that have bilked millions of dollars from investors, and have righted the wrongs done by overly aggressive police and prosecutors.  It is with this rich history in mind that I read an article today about an investigation done by an Atlanta news station which uncovered...
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Love your child, serve our community

February 28, 2012
What was your childhood like?  Do you have fond memories of your relationships with your parents?  Your friends?  Your neighbors?  Did you develop connections to your community?  These are all essential components of raising children.  We have to teach them responsibility.  We teach them by showing them how we live our lives.   There is an article today about an Indiana boy who went to prison at the age of 12 for murder.
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Drones ignore Dictum

February 27, 2012
Fox News reported yesterday that Federal, State and Local governments, as well as private companies are seeking permission expand the use of drones over US airspace in the near future .  Current U.S. Supreme Court law limits law enforcement from flying closer than 400 feet above your property when doing surveillance.  That is not exactly a hard and fast rule, but the court insinuated that 400 feet is the lowest they would allow police aircraft to fly above private property in a case from Florida - Florida v.
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Should citizens fear our government?

February 23, 2012
Check out this video where a former police officer says that the War on Drugs has caused us citizens to fear the police and government agencies .  This raises an interesting question.  Should the government try to force its citizens to fear them in order to compel compliance with the law? Police training often teaches that a goal of law enforcement is to instill fear in the public that if they violate the law they will be caught and prosecuted.  This is especially true...
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Is He Accountable?

February 21, 2012
Marijuana legalization in 2012 is seeing a huge spike in support , and promises to pit State rights against Federal Regulation.  Citizen groups in at least three states are campaigning to put ballot initiatives before voters to determine whether to legalize non-medicinal marijuana.  Yet, despite campaign promises to not spend federal Justice Department money to enforce federal laws on marijuana legalization in opposition to state law, the Obama administration has begun cracking...
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Police Station overcome by marijuana odor

February 17, 2012
Atlantic Beach, FL police are reportedly having a pot problem.  They have a 200 square foot evidence storage room, and an aging ventilation system.  This is causing a problem because the smell of the marijuana is filling the police station.  Now, I don't think you can get high from the odor of unsmoked marijuana, but I'll bet they get Pavlov's Dog reactions when people show up to the station for other business.  I can only imagine the cross examination of an arresting officer on a marijuana case there.
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We are a "Do-it-Yourself" society

February 16, 2012
The police - like all government officials in the United States - get their power from We The People.  Our forefathers made that clear in their writings and speeches.  That was the essential element of our founding.  Our forefathers wanted to make sure that the government they created knew where their power originated, and wanted to ensure that government power was subject to checks and balances.  That is why they created co-equal branches of government, and why election of...
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Private Prisons are a bad idea

February 14, 2012
The Huffington Post this morning released a letter they say comes from Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) to an official in an undisclosed state in which CCA seeks to purchase state prisons .  As part of the proposal which they call the Corrections Investment Initiative, the state would have to guarantee that the prisons would remain 90% full for the twenty years in which CCA would control the facility.  This is a bad, bad policy, and if voters do not do something about it,...
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It is prescriptions not marijuana that kill

February 13, 2012
As you all probably know by now, singing legend Whitney Houston died over the weekend in what news outlets are now saying was a deadly combination of alcohol and prescription medication.  Ms. Houston's struggles with drugs and alcohol over the past decade or more are well documented.  She notoriously defended herself against allegations that she was a crack addict by saying that "Crack is whack," and going on to say that she was rich and could afford the "good stuff." ...
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Another victim of bad policy

February 10, 2012
Guadalupe County Judge Mike Wiggins was reportedly arrested Monday night for misdemeanor possession of marijuana in College Station, Texas where he was attending a judicial conference .  According to news reports he was arrested after police were called to the hotel where Judge Wiggins was staying after a bellhop smelled the odor of marijuana coming from his room.  The reports said that Judge Wiggins consented to a search by police officers and admitted that he possessed marijuana. ...
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