Showing posts with label Fifth Amendment. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fifth Amendment. Show all posts

When Can The Police Search Your Cellphone?

by Julie Johnson.    Can an officer search your cellphone call log or text records to discover how you were using your phone? Absolutely. With a search warrant. Or when a phone’s owner gives an officer permission. Otherwise, an officer generally cannot search through a phone’s data, not even during an arrest, because of a 2014 decision by the U.S.  ... MORE

Theft-by-Government Continues Through Eminent Domain

by A. Barton Hinkle.      Three years ago Virginia residents passed a constitutional amendment to limit legalized theft through eminent-domain abuse. The amendment required that property be taken only for a genuinely public purpose. No longer could governments take one person's land and give it to somebody else for economic development.   ... MORE

Denver Post Editorial: Jury Nullification Is Not A Crime

City violates First Amendment rights.     More force, threats and intimidation from government. It is astonishing that Denver police would arrest someone for handing out political literature outside a courthouse. It's even more astonishing that prosecutors would charge that person with seven felony counts of jury tampering. Yet that is what happened ... MORE

And You Thought Civil Asset Forfeiture Was Bad Enough…

by Trevor Burrus.    Remember It was once the 13th most popular website on the internet, with more than 82 million unique visitors and a billion total page views during its seven-year operation. The site allowed people to store files on the cloud for later use — and some users inevitably stored copyrighted TV shows, films, songs,   ... MORE

Raisins, The Supreme Court, And Food Freedom

by Baylen Linnekin.   High Court enforces Fifth Amendment! This was, to put it mildly, a big week for legal news. Given the decisions on Obamacare and gay marriage that were handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court during the latter half of the week, it would be easy to forget that the week started off with a key Supreme Court decision striking   ... MORE

Why The Bill Of Rights Would Never Pass Today

by Charles C W Cooke.    Having watched closely the manner in which questions of liberty and power are batted around in the first part of the 21st century — most recently during the disgraceful contretemps that Indiana’s rather tame Religious Freedom Restoration Act provoked across the land — I have come to wonder of late whether the Bill of    ... MORE

Flashback: When Presidents Respected the Constitution

by Jeffrey Folks.     “I want the people of America to be able to work less for the government and more for themselves.  I want them to have the rewards of their own industry.  That is the chief meaning of freedom.” Those words are taken from Calvin Coolidge’s Inaugural Address of March 4, 1925.  Even then, conservatives like Coolidge were battling   ... MORE

Rand Paul Introduces Bill To Reform Civil Asset Forfeiture

by Radley Balko.       This is a pretty big deal, especially if Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) can round up enough co-sponsors to build some momentum. Sen. Rand Paul yesterday introduced S. 2644, the FAIR (Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration) Act, which would protect the rights of citizens and restore the Fifth Amendment’s role in seizing property       ... MORE

Peter Van Buren: Drone-Killing The Fifth Amendment

Murder is murder.       You can't get more serious about protecting the people from their government than the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution, specifically in its most critical clause: "No person shall be... deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law." In 2011, the White House ordered the drone-killing of American citizen   ... MORE

Help Wanted: Girls Gone Wild to Replace Lois Lerner

by Katie Kieffer.      Female, feisty and unemployed? Fear not! Obama will need to hire IRS Girls Gone Wild to replace Lois Lerner. To secure his legacy and help Democrats win future elections, Obama needs to replace former IRS Director of Exempt Organizations Lois Lerner, his number one Agency Girl Gone Wild. Lois has already been replaced in name    ... MORE

The Ongoing Battle Of Political Correctness

by Garrett Wymer.     There's a growing push to be politically correct, trying not to offend people unnecessarily; however, is it going too far? "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to      ... MORE