Law enforcement agencies in the U.S. made more than 1.3 million requests for consumers’ cellphone records in 2011, an alarming surge over previous years that reflected the increasingly gray area between privacy and technology. Cellphone carriers, responding to inquiries from a member of Congress, reported responding to as many as thousands of police requests daily for customers’ locations, text messages and call details, frequently without warrants.Read more »
A state Supreme Court ruling last year that “there is no right to reasonably resist unlawful entry by police officers,” when a man was charged with assaulting an officer during a domestic-violence call. The NRA pushed for a new law that allows residents to use deadly force in response to the “unlawful intrusion” by a “public servant” to protect themselves and others, or their property. Police lobbied against it. The measure requires those using force to “reasonably believe” a law-enforcement officer is acting illegally and that it’s needed to prevent “serious bodily injury.”Read more »
Officials in Burnsville, Minn., have brought the full force of the law to bear upon Mitch Faber, who was arrested, forced to pay a high bail and released under electronic monitoring and only on condition of drug testing. Faber has been charged with the crime of not putting proper siding on his house.Read more »
How did breast cancer survivor Lisa Lindsay end up behind bars? She didn't pay a medical bill -- one the Herrin, Ill., teaching assistant was told she didn't owe. "She got a $280 medical bill in error and was told she didn't have to pay it," The Associated Press reports. "But the bill was turned over to a collection agency, and eventually state troopers showed up at her home and took her to jail in handcuffs."Read more »
A proposal from the Obama administration to prevent children from doing farm chores has drawn plenty of criticism from rural-district members of Congress. But now it’s attracting barbs from farm kids themselves.Read more »
The URL says it all. lawmakers have made law that "abortion causes breast cancer, doctors must warn all patients of this and make them wait 24 hours to get an abortion." I am firmly against abortion, but THIS somehow seems just as bad.Read more »
CONCORD, N.H. — A bill to decriminalize marijuana possession under one-half ounce is flying high into the House with an endorsement by the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee.Read more »
A man with a record of domestic violence was found to have violated a court order from "causing plaintiff or the child of the parties to suffer physical and/or mental abuse, harassment, annoyance or bodily injury."
The plaintiff was his estranged wife, and the violation was for a post on Facebook. The judge sentenced him to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine, but waived it if he apologized on Facebook, and left it there for 30 days.
A Tennessee man's firearms are taken. Read more here:Read more »
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