Tag Archives: rights

What Are the Risks of Jurors Using Social Media?

Post by Randall Ryder This past week, a juror was charged with contempt of court after she talked about a guilty verdict on Facebook before the verdict was read. Should jurors be forbidden from using social media? In the case this…

Is yawning and eye-rolling disorderly conduct?

A district attorney in an Illinois town has been told to write a definition for "disorderly conduct," after a woman was told to leave a city council meeting for rolling her eyes and sighing. Illinois state law defines disorderly conduct…

Prosecutors Offer ‘Snitch-Visa’ to Cooperating Terrorists

When prosecutors believe terrorist suspects have valuable information, and they are willing to cooperate, they will sometimes offer a "snitch visa" to secure their cooperation. The snitch visa program started after the World Trade Center attack in 1993 as a…

Will Arizona Abandon the New Immigration Law?

Post by Randall Ryder Arizona’s recently passed immigration law has erupted into a national controversy. When the dust settles, will the state stand behind its new law? Under the new law, police are required to check the citizenship or residency status…

‘Under God’ is a pledge to the government, but not religion?

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has held that the words "under God" contained in the pledge of allegiance are not a prayer, but a recognition of allegiance to the US government. Interestingly enough, the same court in 2002 said…

Should Former Defense Secretary Rumsfeld Be Prosecuted for His Interrogation Policies?

Post by Randall Ryder A federal court has allowed a suit against former Defense Secretary Rumsfeld to go forward. The suit was initiated by by two former employees of an Iraq owned security firm. The two employees allegedly saw their…

Canadians can’t afford price of justice

***see the Thin Skull Blog for similar views Sunday, February 15 By: Angelo Persichilli Organization: Toronto Star Opinion – Canadians can’t afford price of justice When provincial NDP Leader Howard Hampton says the $23.4 million the Ontario government spent on…