Stand up for the 4th Amendment

February 10, 2012
The arrest of Guadalupe County Judge Mike Wiggins sounds the siren on an issue I am constantly advising people to pay attention about.  According to news reports, Judge Wiggins was arrested after police came to his hotel room after receiving a complaint from a hotel employee that he smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the area around the judge's room.  When the police arrived, they did a "protective sweep", and then asked the judge whether he had any marijuana. ...
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President Broke His Promise

February 10, 2012
In our society we are supposed to be led by people who will do our will when we send them to Washington.  Yet, the ever-growing sense is that our leaders are not doing our will, but the will of those who get them and keep them in power.  When President Obama refuses to answer questions about his intent with regards to the legalization of marijuana We The People should pay attention come election day.  Instead of answering a question posed to him at a public town hall meeting in...
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What do you think?

February 9, 2012
What does legalized marijuana mean for you?  I am interested in knowing what others think about this issue.  If marijuana is legalized do you fear an explosion of crime?  Do you fear a drop in the economy?  Do you fear people will begin driving under the influence of marijuana?  Who do you think is most opposed to legalized marijuana?  The government agencies who earn tens of millions of dollars each year on fighting the "War on Drugs?" ...
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Simple questions, complex issues

February 8, 2012
I think one of the biggest problems I see with people being arrested for almost anything is that while they know the Miranda Rights, they often do not know where the line between consent and probable cause lies.  Police officers are trained to say and ask things in such a way to either get consent or develop probable cause.  Can you tell the difference between these questions?  Do you know what rights you are giving up by answering them? 1.  "Okay, if I look in your car?" vs.
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Government hasn't spent your money the right way

February 7, 2012
President Obama finally answered a question about the legalization of marijuana and released it on YouTube.  Well, he didn't actually answer the question.  It's more like he talked circles around it and turned into your typical blubbering politician.  But, there were two things that you should watch for in the video. First, Obama said he is against legalization.  No surprise there.  He's a government leader and he has to keep his bureaucracy happy. ...
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How DARE they?

February 6, 2012
Clive Staples Lewis - or, C.S. Lewis as he is known to the world - was an author an educator who died on the same day as President Kennedy was assassinated.  Obviously, President Kennedy’s death overshadowed that of even perhaps the best known author and educator of his day.  Thus, it was in near silence that C.S. Lewis was laid to rest.  Yet, as with the speeches of President Kennedy, the writings of Mr.
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Mandatory Minimums are a Distraction

January 31, 2012
Is removing discretion from federal judges during the sentencing phase of a trial a good thing?   Some politicians believe it is and are working to enact new legislation that will work around a U.S. Supreme Court ruling from a few years back that threw out mandatory sentencing rules.  If they are successful, judges will no longer have discretion on how long they sentence a person to, but will be required to sentence in accordance to strict rules called sentencing guidelines.
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Mandatory Minimums are a Distraction

January 31, 2012
Is removing discretion from federal judges during the sentencing phase of a trial a good thing?  Some politicians believe it is and are working to enact new legislation that will work around a U.S. Supreme Court ruling from a few years back that threw out mandatory sentencing rules.  If they are successful, judges will no longer have discretion on how long they sentence a person to, but will be required to sentence in accordance to strict rules called sentencing guidelines.
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Privileges for the few

January 30, 2012
Indiana lawmakers have an image problem on their hands.  Last week it was announced that they were pulling a bill from consideration that would require welfare recipients to take random drug tests in order to qualify for continued benefits.  Why was it pulled you ask? I'm glad you asked.  It was pulled because it would require lawmakers to take the same random drug screening tests as welfare recipients .  Which brings me to the point today.
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Does 5th Amend. apply to computer

January 24, 2012
A case out of Colorado has civil rights groups watching with interest as to whether a court can order a criminal defendant to produce evidence against themselves in a criminal case.  The case began when federal agents seized a laptop computer from Ramona Fricosu in 2010 while investigating her for financial fraud.  During her time in jail she was recorded telling others that her laptop holds evidence that may be used against her, but that the government agents would not be able to break...
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