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Archived Since:February 15, 2009

Blog Post Archive

Texas spending $6.5 million per year keeping prostitutes in state prisons

2 years agoNews : The Agitator

By Eric E. Sterling (Criminal Justice Policy Foundation and Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP)), Guest Blogger Texas is holding more than 350 prostitutes in state prisons at a cost of more than $6.5 million per year, the Austin American-Statesman reports. Oh how stupid. In 2001, it seems, Texans were upset with prostitution at truck-stops and [...]

School Outlaws Cartwheels (via Free-Range Kids)

2 years agoNews : The Agitator

Hi! Lenore here from Free-Range Kids. And yes, you read the headline right: A school in Australia has decided that kids can only do cartwheels (and handstands and headstands) if they are  under the direct supervision of a gymnastics teacher, on an appropriately safe surface. God forbid kids should spontaneously get some exercise — and [...]

The Remarkable But Forgotten Career of Salmon P. Chase

2 years agoNews : The Agitator

Randy Barnett has a new paper out, this one titled “From Antislavery Lawyer to Chief Justice:  The Remarkable But Forgotten Career of Salmon P. Chase” (SSRN download), abstract: Salmon P. Chase was as responsible as any single person for the abolition of chattel slavery in the United States. Yet his name is barely known and [...]

Local News Catches Illegal, Forfeiture-Driven Traffic Stops

2 years agoNews : The Agitator

This story is a year-and-a-half old, but I missed it when it came out. I’ve posted about Nashville’s News 5 before. They’ve been all over the forfeiture story. Can’t praise them enough for bucking the local news cliche and performing real, relevant acts of journalism.  

Blueberry the Clown on Stranger Danger (Like…Beware of Clowns Who Make Stranger-Danger Videos?)

2 years agoNews : The Agitator

Hi Folks — Lenore from Free-Range Kids with a video that just defies description: Two minutes of a blue-haired, baby-tawking clown who warns children all about stranger danger, right down to that nature-damning bit of advice, “Never go in the woods!” Seconds after kids take heed and turn tail, who should slip out from behind [...]

John “Pepper Spray” Pike

2 years agoNews : The Agitator

Here is the facebook group. -Eapen Thampy

Sunday Dog Blogging

2 years agoNews : The Agitator

My friend Michael Magnus, who runs a facebook page called “The War on Americans”, sent me this picture of his dog Harper: -Eapen Thampy        

Thieves.

2 years agoNews : The Agitator

From Michigan Live: Members of a local family said they are upset after eight BAYANET officers broke open their front door Monday night, ransacking the home to seize marijuana, cash and property. Pot supporters, some from outside of Saginaw County, responded to offer support to the family. Richard Markva, 42, lives in the home with his [...]

VA Judge: Sheriff’s Slush Fund Isn’t Criminal, but Bribery Is

2 years agoNews : The Agitator

By Eapen Thampy, Americans for Forfeiture Reform Last August, a Middlesex County (VA) grand jury returned 25 felony indictments against disgraced Sheriff Guy Abbott over use of his asset forfeiture fund. The indictments included: Indictments handed down last week by a Middlesex special grand jury allege Sheriff Guy Abbott procured an inflatable boat, two other boats [...]

Florida Deputy Uses Spidey-Sense to Establish Probable Cause

2 years agoNews : The Agitator

Last May, Sarasota, Florida Sheriff’s Deputy Dominic Fornal followed Joseph McNeal’s Jaguar out of a parking lot, then pulled McNeal over. The reason? Dep. Fornal claimed he could smell marijuana coming from the car. Even though the car was traveling at 35 mph. And the windows were up. Oh, and there was no marijuana in [...]

Eric Sterling on Marijuana Legalization and America’s International Treaty Obligations

2 years agoNews : The Agitator

If you do not know who Eric Sterling is, permit me to excerpt his bio: Mr. Sterling was Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary from 1979 until 1989. On the staff of the Subcommittee on Crime, (Rep. William J. Hughes (D-NJ), Chairman), he was responsible for drug enforcement, gun control, [...]

Two College Presidents Beg Parents to Hover Over Their Snowflakes…In a New Way

2 years agoNews : The Agitator

Hi Folks — Lenore from Free-Range Kids. Just wanted to share this brilliant oped that’s running in tomorrow’s Washington Post. It’s by the president of Northwestern University, Morty Schapiro, and the president of Lewis & Clark College, Barry Glassner, who is author of the book (turned phrase) The Culture of Fear. They came up with a new idea: Instead of [...]

U.S. Attorneys and the Contrived Prosecution of Victoria Sprouse

2 years agoNews : The Agitator

Although much of my writing on prosecutorial abuse centers deals with how state prosecutors time and again deliberately pursue false charges in so-called sex crimes, I actually began this part of my writing career as a critic of federal criminal law and how federal prosecutors enthusiastically find ways to turn legal actions into “crimes” that [...]

Courtney Bisbee: Part of the Sorry Legacy of Andrew Thomas

2 years agoNews : The Agitator

When the Arizona State Bar earlier this year separated former Maricopa County District Attoney Andrew Thomas from his law license, a number of people who had been victimized by this man and his staff felt some sense of vindication. The unfortunate thing, however, was that Thomas was disbarred for bringing a criminal case into a [...]

Five-Star Fridays: The Chris Tapp Benefit

2 years agoNews : The Agitator

  So last Thursday was the benefit show for my friend, local Nashville musician Chris Tapp, and Cold Stares guitarist and singer Chris Tapp. It was a magnificent night. We had a full venue, a ridiculously talented lineup of artists, and a house band that meshed with each act like they’d been playing together for [...]

A Question about Dads Driving the Babysitter Home

2 years agoNews : The Agitator

Hi Folks– Lenore from Free-Range Kids, just alerting you to a big to-do going on over at my blog. I posted a question from a mom about whether dads still routinely — or ever — drive the babysitter home anymore, and 150 comments later, the topic is still on fire. Some fear the man, some fear [...]

“We Need a Drug Dog So We Can Seize More Property and Raise More Money”

2 years agoNews : The Agitator

Eapen Thampy, Americans for Forfeiture Reform WMUF 104.7 FM in Henry, Tennessee, reports: Henry, Tenn.- At the Henry Mayor and Board of Alderman meeting on Tuesday, board members decided to allow police chief David Andrews to institute a K9 program for the Henry Police Department. Andrews told board members that the city is missing out [...]

The Chris Tapp Benefit

2 years agoNews : The Agitator

  So last Thursday was the benefit show for my friend, the local Nashville musician Chris Tapp. It was a magnificent night. We had a full venue, a ridiculously talented lineup of artists, and a house band that meshed with each act like they’d been playing together for years. It was a little surreal at [...]

On Carrying Water

2 years agoNews : The Agitator

Adam Ozimek touches on a theme that’s close to my heart every four years: [W]here in my post arguing for more immigration does [Brad DeLong] find evidence that I “carry water for a Republican Party that simply does not exist in modern America”? This is very puzzling to me. Nowhere in my article do I [...]

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