With the signature of Gov. Jack Markell (D) Thursday night on House Bill 39, Delaware becomes the 20th state to either decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana or make it legal for adults.
Markell, who had earlier indicated support for such legislation, signed the bill the same day in passed the state Senate. It ha... (more)
New Hampshire's highest court last week upheld the free speech rights of a group that began feeding parting meters in Keene to protest what they saw as a municipal cash grab. Keene Officials were so irate that they sued the group, Robin Hood of Keene, claiming it was interfering with the city's contract with the meter maids.
The city sought to create a "safety zone" prohibiting anyone from coming within a 50-foot radius of a meter maid for the purpose of video recording or "commun... (more)
Although it would be naive to think that the tide is turning, it's heartening to see a few wins against government attempts to formalise and extend surveillance of their populations. The passage of the USA Freedom Act, however flawed and limited it may be, is one example. The various rulings against the UK government are another. While rightly celebrat... (more)
ES MOINES — The right to be drunk on the front porch of a private home was endorsed Friday by the Iowa Supreme Court, which said a woman can't be convicted of public intoxication while standing on her front steps.
Patience Paye, 29, of Waterloo based the appeal of her 2013 case on the contention that her front steps are not a public place so she can't be charged with public intoxication.
Justices agreed, rejecting a district court judge's conclusion that Paye's fron... (more)
In the last few weeks, we've pointed out that the House of Representatives have been attaching a bunch of interesting amendments to appropriations bills to block surveillance. Last week, for example, there was overwhelming support for an amendment to an appropriations bill that would block funding from NIST (National Institute of Science and T... (more)
In a recent interview with the British edition of GQ magazine, Vince Vaughn held no punches about his thoughts on liberty in America.
A preview of the interview was posted on the GQ website Monday highlighting four key points. The first point was about Vaughn’s role in “assembly-line comedies” to which he responded candidly and honestly.
The next three topics of conversation, however, is when the interview became particularly interesting.
Clark County, NV — In an emotional courtroom display Friday, Steven Ficano, 65, embraced his attorney and his wife after the jury read their verdict of “not guilty.”
In 2012, Ficano’s house was raided by heroes protecting the citizens of Nevada from the horrors of marijuana plants. For the next three years, Ficano anxiously lived his life thinking that he could live out the rest of his golden years in a cage for the “crime” of treating his pain with a plant.
An eighth grade student at a school in New Hampshire says she was kicked out of class, then singled out for ridicule by her teacher after she refused to say the Pledge of Allegiance. Fatima Smart, 14, is still waiting for an apology from one of her instructors at the Monadnock Regional Middle School in Swanzey after she was shamed in front of the entire class.... (more)
Jeff interviews Vit Jedlička, president of the newly forming Libertarian Republic between Croatia and Serbia, topic include: Europe needs more freedom, the formation of Liberland, massive effort on diplomacy with other countries, more help needed, police currently guarding the borders but not causing much trouble but trying to block entry, the black and y... (more)
Some NYPD officers have continued to cling to the belief that citizens aren't allowed to film them, despite plenty of documentation otherwise. A letter issued to the Baltimore PD, but that CC'd law enforcement in general noted that "the justification for [filming police] is firmly rooted in ... (more)
Wanting to make a statement about the police force that he thought would be uncommon, Russ Wishtart custom made this t-shirt and wore it around town in New York City. The reactions he received were completely unexpected:... (more)
It's been a nice few weeks for civil liberties in Montana. On the heels of the nation's most comprehensive restrictions on police militarization, Montana Governor Steve Bullock (D) has signed a bill reforming civil asset forfeiture in the state.
HB463 requires a criminal conviction before seized property can be forfeited, requires that seized property be shown by "clear and convin... (more)
It's looking more and more likely that voters in a key battleground state will be voting on marijuana legalization in November, and recent polling suggests it could win. That's this November, not November 2016.
The state is Ohio, where a controversial pot legalization initiative is already well on the way to qualifying for the ballot, and its backers—or should we say investors?--have the cash on hand to make sure it does.
There are pot legalization bills pending in ... (more)