Judges in Kanawha (ka-naw) County WV wish to spend thousands of tax payer money to have their portraits made. Some estimates as high as $80k. They say its to preserve history.......Read more »
A motion to dismiss charges based on the use of a Predator drone was denied Wednesday. A North Dakota court has preliminarily upheld the first-ever use of an unmanned drone to assist in the arrest of an American citizen.Read more »
With less than four and a half months until Election Day, Senate Republicans are shutting off the bipartisan spigot when it comes to confirming President Barack Obama’s nominees to the nation’s top courts and will present a unified front against his circuit court picks through November. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) made the decision to blockade nominations official Wednesday when he informed his colleagues that he would invoke the “Thurmond Rule” from now until after the elections.Read more »
L. Neil Smith reports that US Marshals and domain registrar GoDaddy leaned on him to remove an article from his Libertarian Enterprise website. Why? GoDaddy said in an email that the article “will need to be immediately removed from the website [ncc-1776.org] for the safety of the Federal Judges and their families.” A full 6 months ago, Smith published the offending article by writer Jim Davidson about the three judges in U.S. v. Pineda-Moreno who voted to allow feds to secretly put GPS trackers on private individuals’ cars without a warrant.Read more »
The Albuquerque police chief is using Twitter to call out delinquent judges. Not a huge story, but I always like stories like this. He's calling it "a huge waste of taxpayer money." I don't think Twitter allows enough characters for him to include the complete list of waste.Read more »
Judge George Caram Steeh in Detroit has squashed a challenge to the health care bill by upholding the law's insurance purchase requirement as constitutional--not because there is any constitutional backing for forcing "citizens" to purchase services, but because enforcement of the law will fail without the provision: "Without the minimum coverage provision, there would be an incentive for some individuals to wait to purchase health insurance until they needed care." Huh, government school told me the three branches were supposed to challenge each other.Read more »
Organizers for the Coalition for a Safer Detroit warned that the battle to legalize up to an ounce of pot may be arduous and timely after a Wayne County Circuit judge upheld an Aug. 9 decision by the Detroit Election Commission to keep the proposal off the ballot in November.
The commission and judge said the ballot was pre-empted by state law banning possession of the drug.
One of the fatal flaws in the concept of "limited" government is the judiciary. Endowed with the compulsory monopoly of the vital power of deciding disputes, of ultimately deciding who can wield force and how much can be wielded, the government judiciary sits as an unchecked and unlimited tyrant.Read more »
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