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  • Brian Aitken's Mistake. A NJ man gets seven years for being a responsible gun owner.

    11/16/2010 12:24:09 AM PST · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 74 replies · 1+ views
    Reason Magazine ^ | 11/15/2010 | Radley Balko
    Sue Aitken called the police because she was worried about her son, Brian. She now lives with the guilt of knowing that her phone call is the reason Brian spent his 27th birthday in a New Jersey prison last month. If the state gets its way, he will be there for the next seven years. Aitken was sentenced in August after he was convicted of felony possession of a handgun. Before his arrest, Aitken, an entrepreneur and owner of a media consulting business, had no criminal record, and it appears he made a good-faith effort to comply with New Jersey's...
  • With Plea Deal, Sex Offender Admits to Killing Riley Fox

    11/11/2010 7:27:36 AM PST · by heartwood · 32 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | Nov. 10. 2010 | CHARLIE WOJCIECHOWSKI
    A convicted sex offender arrested in May after DNA evidence linked him to the death of a little girl was sentenced to life without parole Tuesday after negotiating a plea deal with prosecutors. Scott Eby's plea deal, accepted by Will County Judge Richard Schoenstedt, spares him from the death penalty for the rape and murder of Riley Fox. The courtroom was packed Tuesday with relatives and supporters of the Fox family. Reporters and court personnel were in tears as both Kevin and Melissa Fox read their victim's impact statements. Kevin went first, saying he has waited six years for this...
  • Order Blocks Oklahoma Constitutional Amendment

    11/08/2010 10:32:14 AM PST · by gwjack · 242 replies ^ | November 8, 2010 | Tim Talley
    A temporary restraining order has been issued to block a state constitutional amendment that prohibits state courts from considering international or Islamic law when deciding cases. U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange handed down the ruling this morning in Oklahoma City following a brief hearing.
  • Brakes put on removal of red light cameras [Houston refuses to give up $10 million cash cow]

    11/03/2010 11:23:21 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 39 replies ^ | 3 Nov 2010 | JAMES PINKERTON and BRAD OLSON
    Although voters abolished Houston's red light camera system Tuesday, the 70 cameras have the green light to keep recording traffic violations for months as the city weighs a legal strategy for exiting its contract with the firm operating the cameras, city officials say. Anti-camera activists slammed the delay Wednesday, insisting on immediately terminating the five-year contract — whatever the cost - with ATS, the Arizona firm that manages Houston's system. The May 2009 contract has a termination clause that requires the city to provide the company with a 120-day notice of cancellation, a period when the cameras will still be...
  • Judge questions Justice Department's lawsuit against Arizona immigration law

    11/01/2010 1:17:31 PM PDT · by Palter · 16 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 01 Nov 2010 | Jerry Markon
    A federal appellate judge expressed deep skepticism Monday about the Justice Department's lawsuit over Arizona's new immigration law, leaving uncertain the Obama administration's chances of stopping the law from taking effect. Judge John T. Noonan Jr. grilled administration lawyers at a hearing before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. He took aim at the core of the Justice Department's argument: that the Arizona statute is "preempted" by federal law and is especially troublesome because it requires mandatory immigration status checks in certain circumstances. "I've read your brief, I've read the District Court opinion, I've heard your interchange...
  • Justice Elena Kagan's first vote is against an execution

    10/27/2010 11:16:52 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 53 replies · 1+ views ^ | Oct. 27, 2010 | David G. Savage
    WASHINGTON — Justice Elena Kagan cast her first vote on the Supreme Court late Tuesday, joining the liberals in dissent when the high court cleared the way for the execution of an Arizona murderer. The 5-4 ruling overturned orders by a federal judge in Phoenix and the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco that had stopped the execution by lethal injection of Jeffrey Landrigan. His lawyers, in a last-ditch appeal, had raised questions about one of the drugs used in the execution. Since the only U.S. manufacturer of sodium thiopental had suspended production, Arizona officials said they...
  • How can New Jersey imprison a gun owner who broke no laws?

    10/19/2010 9:17:19 PM PDT · by Neil E. Wright · 45 replies · 1+ views
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | October 19, 2010 | David Codrea
    "Hey David," the Facebook message began, "Thought you might be interested in Brian Aitken, in jail in NJ for 7 years for owning legal guns." I get people approaching me all the time wanting me to write about their legal cases. Most of the time, I get very subjectively-recounted narratives with very little to substantiate, and even less on what the defendants may have actually done. Experience has made me naturally wary of jumping on such bandwagons without investigation.Here's what I've found.His supporters have established the "Free Brian Aitken" Facebook page. Mission: To help free Brian Aitken, an innocent gunowner...
  • Judge rejects Obama's 'don't ask, don't tell' argument

    10/20/2010 12:18:53 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 37 replies
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | October 20, 2010 | Nancy A. Youssef
    WASHINGTON — A district court judge Tuesday rejected the Obama administration's claims that allowing gays and lesbians to begin openly
  • Duncan Hunter's Statement on Today's Don't Ask Don't Tell Debacle!

    10/19/2010 12:37:11 PM PDT · by pissant · 54 replies
    Teleconference | 10/19/10 | Duncan Hunter
    The United States Military has performed superbly in Iraq and Afghanistan, demonstrating unprecedented courage and ingenuity in the war against islamic terrorists. A major characteristic of America's military is the bedrock of Judeo-Christian beliefs and heritage, which maintains unit cohesiveness, which in turn translates into combat effectiveness. Now, liberal extremists, backed by a single activist judge, a Clinton appointee, are trying to inject homosexuals into the ranks of America's fighting forces. This is something that our troops strongly object to. This is the same homosexual lobby which is attempting, through a judicial fiat, to undo what 31 States (out of...
  • Military recruiters told to accept gay applicants

    10/19/2010 10:09:27 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 74 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 19, 2010 | ANNE FLAHERTY
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Defense Department said Tuesday that it is accepting openly gay recruits, but is warning applicants they might not be allowed to stick around for long. Following last week's court ruling that struck down a 1993 law banning gays from serving openly, the military has suspended enforcement of the rule known as "don't ask, don't tell." The Justice Department is appealing the decision and has asked the courts for a temporary stay on the ruling.</p>
  • Court Denies Access to Fannie/Freddie Political Records (Obama administration keep Records secret)

    10/13/2010 2:10:29 PM PDT · by goldendays · 26 replies · 1+ views ^ | 10/13.2010 | Tom Fitton
    Court Denies Access to Fannie/Freddie Political Records Judicial Watch recently suffered a temporary setback in its pursuit of records related to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s political contributions. On September 30, 2010, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled, in effect, that the Obama administration may keep the records of these two government-controlled enterprises secret. Here is the statement I offered to the press in response: This [ruling] shows that the Obama Administration’s commitment to transparency is a big lie. It is incredible that taxpayers are on the line for at least $400 billion, yet cannot access...
  • Judge Will Let DOJ Suit Against Arizona Proceed

    10/12/2010 12:10:52 PM PDT · by roses of sharon · 39 replies
    From the Courthouse News Service, a federal district judge has rejected a motion to dismiss the suit brought by the Obama Justice Department against the state of Arizona: PHOENIX (CN) – A federal judge rejected motions in which Gov. Jan Brewer, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu sought dismissal of a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Arizona’s new immigration law. The complaint filed by civil rights groups, including Friendly House and the American Civil Liberties Union, contains sufficient allegations that S.B. 1070 perceptibly impairs the ability of the organizational plaintiffs to provide the services that...
  • US APNewsAlert { Don't ask, Don't tell }

    10/12/2010 12:44:14 PM PDT · by SmithL · 107 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 10/12/10
    Federal judge issues nationwide injunction stopping enforcement
  • Don't Ask Don't Tell thrown out by Fed Judge in Riverside

    10/12/2010 12:44:19 PM PDT · by freedumb2003 · 15 replies
    Fox News | 10/12/2010 | Fox News
  • What does victory for the Tea Party look like?

    10/07/2010 12:14:09 PM PDT · by jhigh · 23 replies
    The Center for American Heritage ^ | 10/06/2010 | Jason E. High
    By all accounts, Republicans are on track to make major gains in Congress in November. Disenfranchised with the Democrats and energized by the Tea Party movement, voters appear to be prepared to give the Republican party a chance at governing for a while. Thus, the pendulum swings once more. The question that needs to be asked, however, is what does victory for the Tea Party actually look like? Is victory simply defeating as many Democrats as possible in the fall election? Every Tea Party member and activist that I’ve spoken with adamantly decries any attempt to paint the movement as...
  • Sneak Preview: The Hijacking of the 2010 Election

    09/27/2010 9:17:01 AM PDT · by Jack Black · 65 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | Sept. 27, 2010 | Jack Cashill
    Through a combination of massive, Somali-driven voter fraud, stunning Election Board incompetence, and the willful blindness of the Kansas City Star, machine Democrat J.J. Rizzo managed to beat conservative Democrat Will Royster by one vote in a Missouri State House primary on August 3. There is no Republican running in this heavily Democratic, multi-ethnic Kansas City district. The Democratic nominee will face only a seriously outgunned Libertarian in the November election, and truth be told, Royster may be to the right of the Libertarian. What the Democratic machine and the Star, which endorsed Rizzo, did not count on was for...
  • California's first execution in five years delayed by legal issues (appeals court stops it)

    09/28/2010 10:49:35 AM PDT · by Deo volente · 46 replies · 1+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 28, 2010 | Carol J. Williams
    A federal appeals court in San Francisco late Monday ordered a trial judge to reconsider a ruling that allowed for a convicted murderer and rapist to be executed this week at San Quentin State Prison. Albert Greenwood Brown was scheduled to die at 9 p.m. Thursday for the 1980 killing of a 15-year-old Riverside girl. But the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel erred by offering Brown a choice of a one-drug lethal injection or a three-drug cocktail.
  • Supreme Court Justice Breyer Open to Banning Koran Burning

    09/14/2010 6:19:55 AM PDT · by kristinn · 347 replies · 3+ views
    Tuesday, September 14, 2010 | Kristinn
    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer has expressed a willingness to ban protesters from burning the Koran as the modern day equivalent of shouting fire in a crowded theater.The Supreme Court has ruled burning the American flag in protest is protected speech under the First Amendment of the Constitution.Breyer spoke to George Stephanopoulos on ABC's Good Morning America today:But Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer told me on "GMA" that he's not prepared to conclude that -- in the internet age -- the First Amendment condones Koran burning.“Holmes said it doesn’t mean you can shout 'fire' in a crowded theater,” Breyer...
  • Judge: Military's ban on gays is unconstitutional

    09/09/2010 6:56:21 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 117 replies
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/9/10 | AP
    RIVERSIDE, Calif. – A federal judge in Southern California has declared the U.S. military's ban on openly gay service members unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips on Thursday granted a request for an injunction halting the government's "don't ask, don't tell" policy for gays in the military. Phillips says the policy doesn't help military readiness and instead has a "direct and deleterious effect" on the armed services. The lawsuit was the biggest legal test of the law in recent years and came amid promises by President Barack Obama that he will work to repeal the policy.
  • Court won’t force state to defend Prop. 8

    09/02/2010 2:17:59 PM PDT · by South40 · 46 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | 9/2/2010 | Martin Wisckol
    A California court has refused to order Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown to appeal a ruling that overturned the state’s gay marriage ban, according to an Associated Press report. The 3rd District Court of Appeal in Sacramento on Wednesday denied a conservative legal group’s request to force the officials to defend Proposition 8 in court. The court did not give a reason why it turned down the request by the Pacific Justice Institute.