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  • 1982 Court Decision Approved Unwarranted Wiretaps

    12/20/2005 6:33:36 PM PST · by TheDotte · 48 replies · 1,142+ views
    District Court Judge Freeman accepted Jabara’s arguments in a precedent-setting opinion, holding that the FBI and NSA violated Jabara’s Fourth Amendment rights. The judge first found that Jabara had a well-based expectation of privacy when he made his overseas telephone calls. Next, the court found that because the FBI evidence failed to tie Jabara or domestic organizations he was affiliated with to a foreign agent or to collaboration with a foreign power, the FBI should have sought a warrant before asking the NSA to “seize” his telephone calls. Finally, the court held that the NSA...should have sought a warrant before...
  • Williams Waits on Gov.'s Clemency Decision (Tookie Update! Gov says NO to clemency)

    12/12/2005 12:13:42 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 54 replies · 1,649+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/12/05 | David Kravets - ap
    SAN FRANCISCO - A federal appeals court has rejected a stay of execution for Crips co-founder Stanley Tookie Williams, who is scheduled to die after midnight. The court's decision comes a day after the California Supreme Court refused to grant a stay of execution for the convicted killer meaning the former gang leader who became an outspoken critic of gang violence will be executed early Tuesday unless the governor grants clemency. Williams' supporters also made another pitch directly to the governor Sunday to spare his life, telling Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in a letter that they had a new witness who...
  • Freep Governor Schwarzennegger 1-916-445-2841, Will he be "Girly Man" or the "Terminator" w/ Tookie

    12/12/2005 5:34:42 AM PST · by TheEaglehasLanded · 17 replies · 482+ views
    vanity | December 12, 2005 | the eagle has landed
    When the 9th Circus says it's ok to go ahead with the execution, a bunch that has opposed most capital punishment it seems like an easy call. 26 years of appeals, 4 murders directly and thousands more indirectly by starting the Crypts gang. If writing childrens books gets you off death row I can see a bunch of new authors coming out.
  • Decision on oil-for-food official delayed (Stephanides)

    11/14/2005 9:29:37 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 444+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/13/05 | Nick Wadhams - ap
    UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations put off a decision on how to respond to a ruling by an appeals body that vindicated the lone employee fired over the Iraq oil-for-food scandal, despite promises that it would come to a conclusion on Monday. The move gave Joseph Stephanides the right to a copy of the ruling, made 30 days ago, which said he was wrongly fired and should be reinstated, paid two years of back pay as compensation and given a written apology. A copy was obtained last week by The Associated Press but it has not been made public....
  • Western states sue feds over decision to open pristine forests

    08/31/2005 9:20:01 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 789+ views
    ap on Monterey Herald ^ | 8/31/05 | Terence Chea - ap
    SAN FRANCISCO - California, New Mexico and Oregon sued the Bush administration over the government's decision to allow road building, logging and other commercial ventures on more than 90,000 square miles of the nation's remaining pristine forests. In the lawsuit filed Tuesday, attorneys general for the three states challenged the U.S. Forest Service's repeal of the Clinton administration's "roadless rule" that banned development on 58.5 million acres of national forest land, mostly in western states. "The Bush administration is putting at risk some of the last, most pristine portions of America's national forests," California Attorney General Bill Lockyer said. "Road...
  • Waiting for Another Hiroshima

    08/18/2005 5:38:03 PM PDT · by forty_years · 10 replies · 948+ views
    War to Mobilize Democracy, LLC ^ | August 18, 2005 | Andrew Jaffee
    August 6th marked the 60th anniversary of America’s use of an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. While some still argue that President Truman’s decision to use the A-bomb was “controversial,” they are afflicted with the scourge of our time, the loss of a sense of moral proportion and certainty. Unfortunately, those with relativistic morals will lead us to see the day when nuclear weapons are used again – this time to end once and for all the barbaric savagery of Islamism. Green Left Weekly (GLW) calls the U.S. putting a swift end to WWII – using atomic...
  • CA: Environmental group sues over California logging decision

    08/09/2005 7:09:38 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 299+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 8/9/05 | Don Thompson - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - An environmental group is suing California wildlife regulators, alleging officials broke the law by giving a North Coast timber company the right to damage the habitats of two endangered species. Pacific Lumber Co. gained permission under the 1999 Headwaters deal for certain logging activities that environmentalists said would harm populations of coho salmon and marbled murrelets, a seabird that nests in old growth redwoods. A Humboldt County Superior Court judge revoked the permits in 2003, saying they violated the California Endangered Species Act. In February, the state Department of Fish and Game cleared the way for the...
  • Anticipatory self-defense - (International law is not a suicide pact! First strike on Iran?)

    07/25/2005 9:03:15 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 13 replies · 631+ views
    International law is not a suicide pact. Fashioned to ensure the survival of states in a world still lacking global government, these binding rules emphasize the right of national self-defense. This right may be exercised not only after an attack has already been suffered, but also in advance, if the defensive first strike can meet certain essential conditions. Consider Iran. President Bush has assuredly authorized the Pentagon to prepare plans for the pre-emptive destruction of that country's developing nuclear installations. Leaving aside the difficult tactical side of such an operation, a prior question arises: Would this particular pre-emption be permissible...
  • Bush's choice was pure genius - (interesting argument re: consequences if Roe were overturned!)

    07/21/2005 8:41:55 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 30 replies · 931+ views
    The Republicans' ideal Supreme Court nominee is someone who might overturn Roe v. Wade, but won't. That makes President Bush's choice of John G. Roberts pure genius. If defenders of abortion rights condemn the pick, so much the better. Social conservatives will think they won. And when a court ruling later proves they haven't, Republican leaders can comfort them. So far, all is according to plan. Roe v. Wade is the 1973 Supreme Court decision enshrining a federal right to abortion. If Roe went down, two bad things would happen to Republicans. One is that it would arouse America's pro-choice...
  • Laura Bush pressured to resign over Guantanamo Bay scandal - President withholds decision

    07/16/2005 2:53:25 PM PDT · by Libloather · 30 replies · 827+ views
    Laura Bush pressured to resign over Guantanamo Bay scandal - President withholds decision POSTED: 2:35 pm PDT July 16, 2005 (AP Photo/Haraz Ghanbari) WASHINGTON -- Former presidential candidate John Kerry said Saturday "Laura Bush ought to be fired." Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., a possible 2008 presidential contender, nodded in agreement when the two appeared together on Capitol Hill. Also Saturday, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said the matter of leaking a recipe from her cookbook "rises above politics and is about our national security." Leading White House critic Representative John Conyers added, “All we know is that it was...
  • Bill Cosby's Judicial Good Fortune - (timing of multiple sex charges found to be suspicious!)

    07/12/2005 1:27:45 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 24 replies · 1,327+ views
    Bill Cosby has drawn a good judge in Philadelphia. Last March, in a civil lawsuit, Andrea Constand alleged that Cosby had drugged and groped her at his home. Constand's suit also claimed that she had been contacted by 12 women who were willing to come forward and allege that Cosby sexually assaulted them in a similar manner. Attorneys retained by nine of the women had tried to keep the names of their clients a secret for a host of reasons, one of which was fear of a deteriorating bipolar condition brought on by intense media scrutiny. U.S. District Judge Eduardo...
  • 4th Circuit reinstates juvenile nudist camp's free-speech lawsuit-(is this NUTS?...or what?!)

    07/06/2005 5:02:31 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 102 replies · 5,826+ views
    RICHMOND, Va. — A federal appeals court yesterday reinstated a lawsuit challenging a Virginia law requiring parental supervision at a summer camp for juvenile nudists. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the American Association for Nude Recreation-Eastern Region could pursue its claim that the law violates its free-speech rights by crimping its ability to spread its social nudism philosophy. The organization claims it had to cancel a summer camp last summer in southeast Virginia because only 11 of the 35 youths who signed up would have been able to bring a parent as...
  • Supreme Court Liberals to the Little Guy: Drop Dead - (Jurisprudence by tea leaf reading! Superb!)

    06/30/2005 11:58:34 AM PDT · by CHARLITE · 9 replies · 771+ views
    Five Supreme Court Justices with myriad educational degrees fumbled the simple meaning of the word “public”. Apparently the new meaning of the term “public use” is any use involving people. This is a brazen moving of the goal posts to rig the game in favor of powerful corporations and political interests. The Kelo vs. New London recision (it’s not a decision) is nothing less than a nail in the coffin of government by the people, for the people, and of the people. Here are five reasons why this has happened. BIG GOVERNMENT IS #1: The liberal wing of the Supreme...
  • When Justices become dictators - (astute commentary by brilliant young Ben Shapiro)

    06/29/2005 1:43:08 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 8 replies · 793+ views
    This week, the Supreme Court of the United States once again proved that it is a feckless, dictatorial and altogether ridiculous body. Its latest spate of decisions reveals legislative usurpation, disingenuous deference and silly inconsistency. But, of course, what else should we expect from the court that tells us our Constitution protects pornography but not political advertising, sodomy but not the Ten Commandments, and mentally disabled murderers but not private property? For those disinterested enough not to gasp in horror at each new judicial outrage, it is fascinating to watch as the Supreme Court gradually turns the Constitution on its...
  • The government can now take your home and sell it to a private developer-(CFIF.ORG ACTION ALERT!)

    06/29/2005 11:19:57 AM PDT · by CHARLITE · 5 replies · 500+ views
    NEWSMAX.COM ^ | JUNE 29, 2005 | Staff Writers
    "The government can now take your home and sell it to a private developer." Those are the words of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor in her dissent from the draconian Supreme Court ruling in the case of Kelo v The City of New London.. The Kelo decision is an outright repudiation of the most basic American principle -- constitutional protection for life, liberty and property. But we are not about to take this assault on our God-given liberties lying down!When we heard of this decision on Thursday, we immediately went to work. And Senator John Cornyn has already answered the call.Just...
  • Property Rights, Eminent Domain, and the Making of a Citizen Politician - (terrific story!)

    06/28/2005 10:31:37 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 18 replies · 1,187+ views
    Over the weekend, a good friend of mine left a message on my answering machine, which at first I didn’t recognize, because his voice was so shaken with rage and desperation. But after a brief moment, I realized that it was my buddy, Danny, from the firehouse. At first I didn’t recognize him because Danny is as calm and collected a man as I have had the privilege of knowing. To hear the agitation in his voice was something that I could not associate with him. Living on the south shore of New York’s Long Island, Danny was naturally drawn...
  • Hairsplitting at the Court - (what a relief! Sage George Will on historical religion/state concepts)

    06/27/2005 11:59:51 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 18 replies · 806+ views
    <p>WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Monday rendered two more hairsplitting, migraine-inducing decisions about when religious displays on public property do and do not violate the First Amendment protection against ``establishment'' of religion. In a case from Texas, where a Ten Commandments monument stands outside the state Capitol, the court, splintered six ways from Sunday, said: We find no constitutional violation. The second case came from Kentucky, where the Commandments displayed in several courthouses are surrounded by historical symbols and documents -- e.g., copies of the Mayflower Compact, the Declaration of Independence, the Star Spangled Banner -- to comply with the ``reindeer rule,'' more about which anon. On Monday the court recoiled from Kentucky's displays, saying, they are unconstitutionally motivated by a ``predominately religious purpose.'' Not enough reindeer?</p>
  • Holy Moses - (SCOTUS 10 Commandments decisions; imagine our Founders knowing THIS!)

    06/27/2005 9:03:42 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 11 replies · 677+ views
    AMERICAN SPECTATOR.ORG ^ | JUNE 28, 2005 | GEORGE NEUMAYR, Executive Editor
    Perhaps nothing illustrates this era of judicial lawlessness better than the Supreme Court's ruling yesterday that the Ten Commandments, unless they are somehow aesthetically muted and secularized, be chiseled off courthouses across the country. Lawless judges cannot abide the sight of fixed laws adorning courts. Imagine if the representatives of the states at the Constitutional Convention in 1787 had a chance to review David Souter's secularized understanding of the First Amendment before deciding whether or not to ratify the Constitution. Would any of the states have ratified it? Would they have agreed to a constitution that gave federal judges the...
  • Supreme Court Decision- Castle Rock vs Gonzales

    06/27/2005 7:19:43 PM PDT · by sactodan · 10 replies · 2,280+ views
    Sacto Dan Blog ^ | June 27, 2005 | Sacto Dan
    The United States Supreme Court today ruled in the case TOWN OF CASTLE ROCK, COLORADO v. GONZALES. This case is about a woman who had a restraining order against her estranged husband. ...when its police officers, acting pursuant to official policy or custom, failed to respond to her repeated reports over several hours that her estranged husband had taken their three children in violation of her restraining order against him. Ultimately, the husband murdered the children.The court ruled in favor of the Town of Castle Rock. Here is a brief excerpt of the decision which can be viewed in its...
  • Ding...Ding...Ding! Another Bell Rings: This time, not for Liberty ...(SCOTUS taking our freedoms!)

    06/27/2005 3:18:03 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 36 replies · 780+ views
    That little bell that just went off in your head this week is a warning you had better heed… When eminent domain becomes absolute dominion, as it just has, not a single citizen is safe from the insatiable greed of its government. Once used as only a tool of last resort, to make room for a highway connecting cities, or a military installation needed to defend our borders, the law of eminent domain now places your home well in reach for purposes of simple commercial and economic development. According to the recent 5-4 Supreme Court ruling, your government now has...