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  • Csonka pleads guilty to filming on federal land without permits

    02/02/2006 7:33:25 AM PST · by 11x62 · 83 replies · 1,932+ views
    Kodiak Daily Mirror (AP) ^ | Feb 1, 2006 | DAN JOLING
    Former NFL star Larry Csonka, the host of a cable television outdoors show, pleaded guilty Wednesday to illegal filming on national forest lands. As part of a plea agreement with federal prosecutors, Csonka pleaded guilty to knowingly conducting work activity in a national forest without obtaining a special use permit. Csonka agreed to pay $3,887 in restitution for filming about 10 shows on U.S. Forest Service land, said assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Goeke. At sentencing April 19, Goeke said, prosecutors will request a sentence of probation for one year and a $5,000 fine. Csonka could not be reached for comment...
  • FREEP this poll on whether Cindy should have been arrested

    02/01/2006 5:42:49 AM PST · by Gopher Broke · 62 replies · 1,629+ views
  • Invalid Rule Spares Former Prosecutors from Discipline

    01/21/2006 4:46:19 AM PST · by hdrabon · 20 replies · 1,487+ views
    The Raleigh News & Observer ^ | Jan 21, 2006 | Joseph Neff
    The disciplinary arm of the N.C. State Bar dropped charges of felonious misconduct against two former Union County prosecutors Friday because of a 1999 clerical error at the state Supreme Court. The State Bar had charged Kenneth Honeycutt and Scott Brewer with lying, cheating and withholding evidence in a 1996 death penalty case. The ruling Friday marks the second time that Honeycutt and Brewer won on procedural grounds before the bar's Disciplinary Hearing Commission, which sits as judge and jury in disciplinary cases. . . . Prosecutors around the state are concerned that the case is damaging their reputation and...
  • Constitutional right to privacy a figment of imagination

    01/15/2006 8:59:46 AM PST · by Dog Gone · 577 replies · 4,869+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | January 15, 2005 | JUDGE HAROLD R. DEMOSS JR.
    In this season of politicized and contentious confirmation hearings to fill vacancies on the U.S. Supreme Court, some of the sharpest debate and disagreement concerns a so-called "right of privacy" in the U.S. Constitution. The advocates of a constitutional right of privacy speak as though that right were expressly stated and enumerated in the Constitution. But the text of the Constitution does not contain the word "privacy" or the phrase "right of privacy."Consequently, in my view, a constitutional "right of privacy" could only be unenumerated and is therefore a figment of the imagination of a majority of the justices on...
  • NYC sued over right to shoot video, pictures in public

    01/13/2006 12:21:45 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 48 replies · 1,462+ views ^ | 1 13 06 | First Amendment Center Online
    NEW YORK — The New York Civil Liberties Union sued the city yesterday, challenging restrictions on people's right to photograph public places after an award-winning filmmaker from India was blocked from videotaping near the MetLife building. In its lawsuit, the civil rights group highlighted the plight of Rakesh Sharma, who said he was left feeling ashamed and humiliated when he was detained in May 2005 after police saw him use a hand-held video camera on a public street in midtown Manhattan. Sharma was taping background footage for a documentary examining changes in the lives of ordinary people such as taxi...
  • .50 Caliber Terror News Special Alert!(extreme barf alert)

    01/11/2006 11:06:57 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 46 replies · 819+ views
    email | 1 11 06 |
    Dear xxxxxx We are pleased to tell you that the campaign to protect America from "50 Caliber Terror" is gaining momentum! This week the New York State Assembly passed a package of legislation to stem the tide of gun violence that included a ban on .50-caliber sniper rifles. And in Illinois, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley announced 4 pieces of gun violence prevention legislation that also included a bill to restrict anti-armor, .50-caliber sniper rifles. Your support of the Freedom States Alliance is helping to educate America about these weapons of terror. You can help us build our campaign by asking...
  • Police say DUI checkpoint was a success

    01/03/2006 6:30:21 PM PST · by elkfersupper · 28 replies · 667+ views
    Danbury (CT) News Times ^ | 12/27/05 | Karen Ali
    Even though city police officers made only one drunk-driving arrest after stopping more than 1,000 motorists at a sobriety checkpoint late last week, they called the effort successful. In fact, they are planning a similar effort in a few days. "We're doing it sometime around New Year's weekend. You better watch out," said Detective Lt. Thomas Michael. Michael said police received money from the state to conduct the roadblocks. The latest one started Thursday at about 7 p.m. on Main Street and lasted into the early morning. Ten officers were called in to take part in the roadblock. They found...
  • Christian Defense Coalition Calls for the Senate to Block Passage of the Patriot Act Renewal

    12/15/2005 12:28:40 PM PST · by JTN · 34 replies · 952+ views
    The Christian Defense Coalition Director says in many cases "national security" has become more important than protecting the First Amendment and civil liberties. Coalition especially concerned about the Patriot Act defining terrorism as "... .to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion." Those definitions are so broad it is an open invitation for the government to harass and attack any groups who use public demonstrations or peaceful civil disobedience to "influence" government policy. Organization cites the improper use of the federal RICO laws against non-violent pro-life activists as a clear example of how the Patriot Act could...
  • Prison Inmate Elected To School Board

    11/12/2005 2:22:09 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 43 replies · 1,222+ views ^ | 11 11 05 |
    He wasn't able to get out to vote for himself, but lots of others did. And a prison inmate was elected to a school board Tuesday in southern California. Randy Hale received 831 votes, earning one of three open seats on the Romoland School Board, even though he's behind bars. Hale violated his parole after being convicted of spousal abuse and drug possession. He was returned to prison in September, and isn't due to be released until mid-February. His wife Penny says "this is wild." The district's superintendent says he's consulting lawyers to figure out how to handle the situation....
  • The Liberty Committee - Stop FDA Censorship

    11/04/2005 8:40:18 AM PST · by jmc813 · 8 replies · 332+ views
    The Liberty Committee ^ | 11-4-2005 | The Liberty Committee
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is censoring health information. The pharmaceutical companies are the winners. You and your family are the losers. The FDA is censoring health information. For example, the FDA prohibited the claim that folic acid reduces the risk of neural tube defects for four years while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended every woman of childbearing age take that supplement. Thus, the FDA contributed to an estimated 10,000 preventable neural tube defects. An estimated 300,000 Americans die each year from sudden-death heart attacks. That number, however, could be reduced by 40% if people were...
  • Supreme top court allows abortion for Missouri inmate

    10/24/2005 10:19:48 PM PDT · by Coleus · 59 replies · 1,530+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 10.17.05
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court under new Chief Justice John Roberts cleared the way on Monday for a pregnant Missouri prisoner to obtain an abortion, despite objections from state officials. In a brief order without comment or recorded dissent, the high court rejected Missouri's request to put on hold a federal judge's order requiring that prison authorities transport the inmate to a St. Louis clinic for an abortion.How Roberts would rule on abortion was a major issue in his confirmation hearings in the Senate. This was the first abortion-related case the court has acted upon since he...
  • Second Amendment Reform?

    10/08/2005 11:23:32 AM PDT · by Whyarentlibsred · 135 replies · 2,740+ views
    Amendment II: A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. Upon reading the above, it is clear to me that the first part of the Second Amendment “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state,” no longer applies to the situation in America today and should be changed to better reflect valid reasons for allowing citizens to keep guns in the United States. While things may have been different in the 1700s, the days when ordinary...
  • Michigan debates deadly force legislation

    09/19/2005 10:03:57 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 17 replies · 684+ views ^ | 9 19 05 |
    Gun control advocates want to stop Michigan legislators from passing a law allowing people to use deadly force to defend themselves without fear of prosecution.The bills were introduced this month in Michigan. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Million Mom March are calling lawmakers in an attempt to keep the bills from getting out of the House Judiciary Committee. The battle in Michigan over the so-called deadly force legislation is an important one for both sides. It could open the doors to similar laws across the country, a top priority for the National Rifle Association, or stop...
  • In anticipation of Constitution Day, the public speaks out

    09/16/2005 4:13:15 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 13 replies · 669+ views ^ | 9 16 05 | James Bregenzer
    With the first-ever Constitution Day being held Saturday, students and bystanders on campus shared their opinions on - and knowledge of - the U.S. Constitution. Constitution Day exists because of a federal statute signed into law last December by President Bush. The day is required to be celebrated by all federally funded institutions, according to Saturday was chosen to commemorate the signing of the Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787. Q: What are your reactions to Iowa State celebrating Constitution Day tomorrow? "I honestly have no idea what Constitution Day is." - Paul Armenakis, sophomore in pre-computer science "I support...
  • Texas Police Will Take Blood By Force in DUI Cases

    09/14/2005 3:42:43 PM PDT · by elkfersupper · 236 replies · 3,221+ views
    Ft. Worth Star Telegram via ^ | 9/14/05 | Ft. Worth Star Telegram Staff
    Dalworthington Gardens, Texas police will draw the blood of drunk driving suspects. After completing a training course, Dalworthington Gardens police officers have been certified to draw blood from any motorist whom they suspect of driving under the influence of alcohol. The small North Texas city joins three counties -- Montague, Archer and Clay -- which have recently adopted similar policies. These jurisdictions are seeking to make drunk driving convictions less vulnerable to court challenge as mounting evidence shows breathalyzer machines can be inaccurate. Under the new policy, a suspect will be brought to a police station and asked in a...
  • Granholm Signs New Laws to Protect Children from Violent and Sexually-Explicit Video Games

    09/12/2005 12:52:12 PM PDT · by absolootezer0 · 32 replies · 639+ views web page ^ | 09.12.05 | Heidi Hansen
    LANSING - Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today signed legislation that that will make the sale or rental of mature or adult-rated video games to children illegal. The new law applies to children age 17 and younger and will take effect on December 1, 2005. "Making sure that our children are protected is an essential function of government," Granholm said. "This new common-sense law is one more tool we can provide to help parents protect their children from the effects of violence and graphic adult content." Granholm first called for this type of legislation in her 2005 State of the State...
  • What Michael Moore and Liberals Don’t (and Will Never) Understand About the Second Amendment

    09/06/2005 11:52:50 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 135 replies · 2,648+ views ^ | September 06, 2005 |
    Some of the most heartening tales coming out of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina are the tales of Americans standing up and taking responsibility for their own safety and survival rather than whining about “the government” not taking care of them. The Washington Post reports that in Popps Ferry Landing, a neighborhood near Biloxi, Mississippi, the local neighborhood watch is keeping an armed night watch to prevent looters from invading the neighborhood. Following the looting of the local Dollar Store, neighbors who very rarely spoke to each other, got together to protect their own. They’re not going out hunting down...
  • Katrina and the Second Amendment

    09/05/2005 10:52:11 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 25 replies · 1,542+ views ^ | 9 4 05 | Laura Hirschfeld-Hollis
    Finally, some people are taking necessary action. Let the word go out - if you are threatening the authorities, innocent victims or people trying to help with evacuation and rescue efforts, this is what will happen to you. Much has already been said about the dismal response of local, state and federal authorities in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and the terrible suffering that tens of thousands of people are enduring as a result. I don't intend to add to that thread. Instead, what has struck me about this disaster is that it has demonstrated what Second Amendment defenders have...
  • Libertarians To Sue State (north carolina)

    09/01/2005 4:54:43 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 71 replies · 1,006+ views ^ | 9 1 05 |
    The Libertarian Party announced Wednesday that it plans to file a lawsuit challenging the State Board of Elections’ decision to drop the party’s official status in North Carolina. “We’re tired of being treated like second-class citizens,” said Thomas Hill, state party chairman. Hill said North Carolina has one of the most restrictive ballot access laws in the country and said even Iraq has more parties on the ballot. “That’s just vulgar,” he added. The state board decertified the Libertarian Party on Monday because the party failed to secure at least 75,000 signatures on a petition needed to remain on the...
  • Colorado: Police Return Medical Marijuana

    08/30/2005 5:17:02 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 39 replies · 774+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | August 29, 2005
    Police Return Medical Marijuana Along with feeling redemption, Timothy Haas was also feeling queasy today as he picked up a plastic bag containing half an ounce of marijuana at the Denver Police Department. "I just want to go home and lie down," Haas said. "The marijuana will calm me down." Denver police returned the marijuana to Haas after authorities confiscated the drugs a month ago. Haas is prescribed to use medical marijuana for post traumatic syndrome and post concussion syndrome. He suffered the ailments when he was attacked with a bat and stabbed three times in an attempted robbery at...