An effort to legalize marijuana is getting underway in the Italian parliament, with some 60 lawmakers having signed onto a motion to do just that by the time it was rolled out three weeks ago. Now, the "all party" group is getting to work on the twin tasks of drafting an actual bill and getting it enacted into law.
The effort is being led by Sen. Benedetto Della Vedova, who is also Italy's undersecretary of state for foreign affairs. Della Vedova was a long-time member of the coun... (more)
Since the Snowden leaks began, there have been several efforts made -- legislative and administrative -- in response to the exposure of the NSA's domestic surveillance programs. Some have been real fixes. Some have been fake fixes. Others have targeted the thing the NSA desires even more t... (more)
Good news from out west. A New Mexico bill, HB 560, to restrict civil asset forfeiture has cleared the legislature - receiving unanimous support in the State House and State Senate - and awaits the signature of Governor Susana Martinez to become law.
Among other things, the New Mexico bill requires a criminal convic... (more)
Denver, CO — While Texas lawmakers are trying to make filming the police illegal, Colorado is taking a much better approach.
A package of bills that are designed to increase police oversight have been introduced in the Colorado Legislature. One of the measures included in the package would impose up to $15,000 in civil penalties for cops who interfere with someone trying to film them. ... (more)
Indianapolis, Ind. -- In a case of first impression, David Cupello v. State of Indiana, the Indiana Court of Appeals reversed David Cupello's conviction on charges of battery on a law enforcement officer. The court found that he exercised reasonable force under an amendment to Indiana law which legalized using ... (more)
A bipartisan trio of senators today introduced historic legislation to legalize medical marijuana at the federal level. Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Rand Paul (R-KY) filed the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States (CARERS) Act, which would end the federal prohibition on medical marijuana and allow states to set their own policies.
"We need policies that empower states to legalize medical marijuana if they so choose-recognizing tha... (more)
Austin, TX– The trial of Marine veteran Gene Vela ended on Wednesday when a jury found him not guilty of aggravated assault on a public servant.
The charges were brought against the veteran after an intense police standoff in November, 2013, which concluded with him being shot by police three times. The man was months away from receiving his master’s degree when th... (more)
For the first time in Florida history, a Broward jury acquitted a marijuana grower after finding he has a medical need for the illegal drug.
Jesse Teplicki hid nothing from the detectives who showed up at his Hollywood home two years ago acting on a tip that he was growing pot on the premises. And he hid nothing from the jury on Thursday when he took the stand at his criminal trial, even admitting that he smoked a marijuana cigarette earlier in the day to... (more)
The Institute for Justice's 2010 report "Policing for Profit" listed Virginia as one of the worst five states in the nation in terms of forfeiture abuse. Pushing the state towards its Bottom Five finish was this perverted incentive: 100% of the proceeds from civil asset forfeiture were retained by the law enforcement agency performing the seizure. And, like a majority of states, Virginia also ... (more)
An award-winning, nationally recognized teacher gave a "mic-dropping" speech that ends with the announcement of her teaching resignation at Elyria, OH public schools.
Stacie Starr was not just any teacher, however. She was the number one finalist in 2014's “Live with Kelly and Michael” 'Top Teacher' award, a people's choice and enviable contest of sorts. It's like the "American Idol" for teacher contestants, and it drove her into the national limelight. This prompted many news seg... (more)
Glenn Greenwald is a lawyer who has lost all interest in making legal arguments. The reason for his indifference should terrify anyone who believes that the law, and not arbitrary decision-making by government officials, should govern a nation. Asked whether NSA mass surveillance is legal under any conceivable interpretation of United States law, Greenwald tol... (more)
Americans find themselves in a state of flux in 2015. Many people are dealing with the hard reality that those who are sworn to protect and serve, often do the exact opposite.
The topic of police behavior is at the forefront of discussions, worldwide. Market reactions to this interest in responsible application of authority as well as interest in the abuse of authority, are popping up online.
Trying to rely on the system, to report on itself, has proven to be a futi... (more)
During a series of YouTube interviews Thursday, President Obama demonstrated a remarkably laissez-faire attitude toward marijuana legalization experiments in the states. And he signaled strongly that the Obama administration wouldn't be taking to the hustings to try to beat back legalization efforts, as previous administrations had been wont to do.
"What you're seeing now is Colorado, Washington through state referenda, they're experimenting with legal marijuana," the president sa... (more)
Since the rise of the internet people have changed from mere audiences into authors and editors. With pieces of technology small enough to fit the whole world into your pocket, a revolution might be on its way. The net is now mightier than the sword. This presentation was delivered at the TEDxGroningen conference in the Netherlands on November 20, 2014.
A judge has issued an order that temporarily bars people from being arrested in Fort Lauderdale for feeding the homeless.
90-year-old World War II veteran Arnold Abbott captured global attention last month when he defied a city ordinance passed in October that prohibited feeding homeless people in the city without permits and toilet facilities, effectively making the process illegal.
Police repeatedly issued Abbott with citations and video recorded his group’s feedi... (more)