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  • Couple Sue State Police After Disabled Vet Is Beaten; Quadriplegic Wife Could Not Stand

    10/03/2015 12:45:06 PM PDT · by Altariel · 54 replies
    KMEL (Delaware) ^ | September 28, 2015
    This story is truly tragic. A Delaware quadriplegic woman and her husband, a disabled veteran, are suing state police after he was beaten during a police raid. According to the, officers beat and used a stun gun on the husband when he was trying to cover his quadriplegic wife with a cover. When the officers raided the home, they found the husband in the bedroom with his wife giving her a sponge bath. Her wheel chair was also in the room. Lisa was lying on the bed when officers ordered her to stand up. She could not because of her condition,...
  • Police Officer Beats 70 Year Old Man Suffering Mini-Stroke

    10/03/2015 12:30:42 PM PDT · by Altariel · 42 replies
    Fox 4 ^ | September 28, 2015 | KASEY BABBITT AND ROBERT TOWNSEND MARSHALL, Mo. – An elderly man says after he lost control of his vehicle and struck a house, an off-duty police officer held him against his will while he suffered a mini-stroke. James “Jim” Miller, 70, a grandfather and longtime realtor in Marshall, says around 6 o’clock Sunday night he was driving to a Wal-Mart when he suddenly felt dizzy and ill. According to a police report, Miller's pickup veered off the road near south Hawthorne and Sunset and hit a house. In the report, an officer says there was a crack in the house and minor damage to...
  • County pays first Twin Peaks-related lawsuit bill

    09/29/2015 7:07:22 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 55 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 9/29/2015 | CASSIE L. SMITH
    McLennan County commissioners on Tuesday approved paying almost $17,000 toward a liability insurance deductible because of a Twin Peaks-related lawsuit that named the county as a defendant and has since been dismissed. The court agreed to pay $16,971.87 to its insurance company, the Texas Association of Counties Risk Management Pool, in a case filed by Hewitt biker Matthew Clendennen, who was mong the 177 arrested following the May 17 Twin Peaks shootout that left nine dead and 20 injured. The court also approved a payment Tuesday of more than $1,160 toward its deductible because of an unrelated case that was...
  • Horrifying moment cops drew guns on husband and PREGNANT wife

    09/29/2015 7:14:39 AM PDT · by Robert Teesdale · 89 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 9/25/2015 | Chris Spargo
    Dashcam footage captured the horrifying moment two police officers drew their guns on a husband and wife after pulling them over while they were rushing to the hospital to give birth. James Reiner was driving his wife Dana to the hospital after her water broke in January 2012 in Hebron, Indiana when they passed a police car that suddenly turned on its lights and pulled them over, despite the fact that they were not speeding. That is when James got out to tell Sgt. Anthony Dandurand that his wife was pregnant and they needed to get to the hospital. He...
  • U.S. Soldiers Told to Ignore Afghan Allies’ Abuse of Boys

    09/20/2015 11:28:19 AM PDT · by Theoria · 73 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 20 Sept 2015 | Joseph Goldstein
    In his last phone call home, Lance Cpl. Gregory Buckley Jr. told his father what was troubling him: From his bunk in southern Afghanistan, he could hear Afghan police officers sexually abusing boys they had brought to the base. “At night we can hear them screaming, but we’re not allowed to do anything about it,” the Marine’s father, Gregory Buckley Sr., recalled his son telling him before he was shot to death at the base in 2012. He urged his son to tell his superiors. “My son said that his officers told him to look the other way because it’s...
  • Seattle police chief fires cop who arrested man carrying golf club

    09/16/2015 12:13:54 PM PDT · by Forgotten Amendments · 26 replies ^ | September 15, 2015 | Steve Miletich
    “Without this ability to learn from your mistakes, understand how you can improve and do better, and recognize your own errors, you are unable to effectively function as an officer,” O’Toole wrote. O’Toole said Whitlatch’s response dissuaded her from considering Whitlatch for a lengthy suspension, disciplinary transfer to a unit that doesn’t interact with the public and removal from the sergeant’s promotional registry. Whitlatch’s actions previously sparked strong condemnation from the community, including a February march of protesters carrying golf clubs as canes. Ron Smith, president of the Seattle Police Officers’ Guild, issued a statement Tuesday, saying, “I am disappointed...

    09/16/2015 7:19:31 AM PDT · by C19fan · 66 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 16, 2015 | Staff
    Pope Francis will deliver all but four of his 18 addresses during his forthcoming visit to the United States in Spanish because he is still not comfortable speaking in English, the Vatican said on Tuesday.
  • Video: ‘You Made Direct Eye Contact With Me,’ Ohio Officer Tells Driver During Traffic Stop

    When a police officer in Dayton, Ohio, handed John Felton a warning for a traffic signal violation, Felton asked whether was stopped for something besides having out-of-state plates, according to a video of the conversation posted on Facebook. “Because you made direct eye contact with me and held onto it when I was passing you,” the officer replied in the video. ... Felton grew up in Ohio but now lives in Michigan. His car has a Michigan license plate. He told WKEF the officer followed his car about two miles and originally said he’d committed a minor traffic offense —...
  • Police Attack Man Singing " Beach Boys" Tune

    08/21/2015 10:02:13 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 89 replies
    Officer Robert Busch also stated that Jim Ochse “became very hostile and began yelling in my face” when he first approached him for singing in front of a crowded restaurant. Busch also wrote in his report that Ochse remained defiant even after being slammed to the pavement, keeping “his arms so tense that I could not move them or get the handcuffs on the defendant.” As a result, he charged Ochse with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, according to The Morning Call. ***** A 61-year-old man happily singing a Beach Boys song in front of a crowded restaurant in Pennsylvania...
  • Rohnert park police ["Are you some kind of Constitutionalists?' Rohnert Park Cop pulls gun on guy]

    08/04/2015 12:22:26 PM PDT · by KneelBeforeZod · 279 replies ^ | Aug 3, 2015 | RRryan 71187
    Citizen seems to notice a police officer driving around and around his neighborhood while he is working on his boat in his driveway. Police officer doesn't like being filmed by someone in his own yard and decides to stop and pull gun on him.
  • Retired Bosque County judge to hear bikers’ examining trials [Waco]

    08/03/2015 5:11:31 PM PDT · by don-o · 42 replies
    Waco Herald-Tribune ^ | August 3, 2015 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A retired state district judge from Bosque County was appointed Monday to preside over the examining trial of a Hewitt biker — and potentially 19 others — arrested in the May 17 Twin Peaks shootout. Judge Billy Ray Stubblefield, administrative judge of the 26-county 3rd Judicial Region, confirmed Monday that he appointed Judge James Morgan to preside over the examining trial of Hewitt resident Matthew Clendennen, which is set for Aug. 10. Stubblefield said his order also gives Morgan authority to hear any of the 19 other cases involving bikers seeking examining trials to challenge whether there was sufficient probable...
  • Samuel DuBose: body-camera video shows 360-degree view of police killing

    07/31/2015 7:03:21 AM PDT · by Conscience of a Conservative · 185 replies
    The Guardian ^ | July 31, 2015 | The Guardian
    A synced-up video of body camera footage from three University of Cincinnati police officers – Ray Tensing, Phillip Kidd and David Lindenschimdt – reveals the dramatic aftermath of the police shooting of a 43-year-old unarmed black man. It shows that both officers were behind Tensing at the time he shot DuBose, but both backed claims the officer had been 'dragged'. These claims were used to justify the shooting, but were later dismissed as false by the county prosecutor who charged Tensing with murder. Kidd and Lindenschimdt have also been placed on leave
  • Ted Cruz presses IRS commissioner on non-profit targeting

    07/29/2015 7:43:55 PM PDT · by Isara · 13 replies
    Dallas News ^ | July 29, 2015 | Sylvan Lane
    WASHINGTON–It’s been two years since the IRS targeting scandal broke, but Senate Republicans, led by Sen. Ted Cruz, said on Thursday they’re still looking for answers.The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts, chaired by Cruz, on Wednesday questioned IRS Commissioner John Koskinen about the agency’s cooperation with investigations, and rehashed accusations of a White House conspiracy to target conservative groups.“The American people have a right to be angry when an instrument of the american government is used a partisan cudgel,” said Cruz, a 2016 presidential candidate running on abolishing the IRS. “I have to...
  • Sen. Cruz: The IRS’ Abuse of Power Is Profoundly Dangerous to Liberty (with video)

    07/29/2015 4:11:05 PM PDT · by Isara · 27 replies ^ | July 29, 2015
    No government agency should intimidate Americans for exercising their God-given right to free speech Video of Ted Cruz opening statement at 'IRS targeting of conservative groups' hearing WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today held a hearing on the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) targeting of conservative groups.In his opening statement, Sen. Cruz remarked, "If the IRS has become a partisan arm of the Democratic National Committee, there can be no stronger argument for ending the IRS as we know it, so that no Administration, Democrat or Republican, can use the IRS to target its political opponents. If a...
  • 60 Minutes Australia: Special Investigation Spies Lords and Predators(UK powerful pedophiles)

    07/20/2015 3:26:40 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 4 replies
    Australia's 60Mins Special Investigation exposing the dark secrets of Britain's most powerful (pedophiles) men.
  • [AZ] cop illegally enters home, arrests naked woman: ‘I was in the shower! What is wrong with you?’

    07/17/2015 12:42:41 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 69 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | July 16, 2015 | Meg Wagner
    An Arizona cop barged into a woman’s home while she was in the shower and handcuffed her as she stood naked and sopping wet, according to a lawsuit. Officer Doug Rose lectured an unclothed, sobbing Esmeralda Rossi in front of her daughter and told her he was in charge, even though she was in her own home. Even as an investigation determined that Rose illegally entered the home, the policeman managed to retire and start collecting his pension. -snip- “Don’t take the attitude with cops, because we don’t play,” Rose said. “When a cop shows up, you’re not the one...
  • Gang or club?: For Bandidos, the distinction matters after Waco biker shooting

    07/12/2015 5:24:02 AM PDT · by don-o · 70 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 11, 2015 | Dane Schiller
    It's not a gang, it's a club. When it comes to the Houston-born Bandidos Motorcycle Club, this debate has taken on some urgency and a few twists. Following a May 17 melee in Waco that left nine dead and 18 wounded, police arrested 177 bikers. Each was charged with engaging in organized criminal activity by being part of a conspiracy to commit murder and assault as part of a turf war between the Bandidos and a lesser-known rival, the Cossacks. The distinction carries a hefty penalty, as those charged faced 15 years to life in prison if convicted - even...
  • Marco Rubio on the gay marriage ruling: We live in a republic and must abide by the law

    06/26/2015 5:32:37 PM PDT · by C19fan · 94 replies
    Hotair ^ | June 26, 2015 | Allahpundit
    At any other time, this statement would be wholly unremarkable. In the thick of a GOP presidential primary, though? Right after the the hottest hot-button social issue of ‘em all has gone nuclear? When Mike Huckabee’s vowing some sort of second American revolution in defiance of the Court’s ruling? Kinda newsy. “I believe that marriage, as the key to strong family life, is the most important institution in our society and should be between one man and one woman. People who disagree with the traditional definition of marriage have the right to change their state laws. That is the right...
  • City Council President Andy Ginther caught up in red-light camera bribe case ( Ohio Democrats )

    06/19/2015 1:55:50 PM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | June 19, 2015 | Lucas Sullivan & Darrel Rowland
    A former chief executive officer of the red-light camera company Redflex has pleaded guilty to bribing Columbus elected officials - including Council President Andrew Ginther - through the Ohio Democratic Party to install the cameras and keep them operating in the city. Karen L. Finley, 55, of Cave Creek, Ariz., pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit federal programs bribery, according a press release from Carter M. Stewart, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio. Records from the U.S. District in Columbus show that from 2005 to 2013, Finley made campaign contributions to elected public officials in...
  • Mississippi investigator shoots family dog

    A Cleveland family has been left devastated after an officer shot and killed their beloved one-year-old golden retriever as he was on a leash in the family’s backyard. Cleveland police told the family the officer felt threatened by the dog after the dog barked, even though the officer was aware it was leashed. The incident took place Friday when dog owner Tyler Muzzi saw a stranger walking around his neighbor’s home. Muzzi contacted his neighbor and then called police to check on the situation. Minutes later, police arrived and arrested the man who had by that time broken into the...
  • Waco Preps for Sunday's Biker Rally

    06/05/2015 12:55:35 PM PDT · by don-o · 38 replies
    KCEN-TV ^ | June 4, 2015
    Thousands of bikers are expected to gather this weekend for an "All For One" rally in front of the McLennan County Courthouse. Most places in downtown Waco say will be open on Sunday. Most did not want to speak to us on camera; saying if you side with the community, the bikers will hate you and if you side with the bikers, the community will hate you. But, they all say everyone will be welcome. Mobile food vendor George Gaylord says he sees it as a great business opportunity. In fact, he plans to park his hot dog cart right...
  • What Waco Police Still Won't Reveal About the Biker-Gang Shootout

    06/04/2015 6:36:16 AM PDT · by don-o · 31 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | June 4, 2015 | Conor Friedersdorf
    As the Texas shootout that killed 9 motorcyclists fades from national headlines, local newspapers and a few larger media organizations have broken a series of small stories that prompted one alert Houston Press journalist to predict,“in the coming years, the Waco authorities' handling of the Twin Peaks biker gang shootout will become a textbook example of how not to handle an emergency situation.” Two weeks later, Waco authorities still aren’t telling how many of the dead bikers were shot by police officers, how many cops fired their weapons, or how many total rounds they discharged. snip Little wonder: holding upwards...
  • First Interview With Bikers Involved in Twin Peaks Shooting

    06/04/2015 7:01:34 AM PDT · by justlurking · 6 replies
    KCEN TV ^ | 2015-06-02 | Rissa Shaw
    WACO -- KCEN got an exclusive interview with the first bikers to speak publicly after the Twin Peaks shooting, capturing the moments right after their release from jail after being arrested for the May 17th shooting that left nine bikers dead and 18 more injured. Waco Police had said the 170-plus bikers arrested were part of criminal motorcycle gangs. However, William English, 33, and Morgan English, 30, say otherwise, and that they had come to the sports bar for a friendly meeting between motorcycle clubs, and they weren't even inside the restaurant when the brawl broke out. [...] Mr. English...
  • Senator: Use RICO Laws to Prosecute Global Warming Skeptics

    06/02/2015 7:37:12 PM PDT · by DeweyCA · 65 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 6-2-15 | Mark Hemingway
    Writing in the Washington Post, Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democratic Senator from Rhode Island, offered a curious suggestion for dealing with global warming skeptics: (Snip) That's right -- a sitting U.S. Senator is suggesting RICO laws should be applied to global warming skeptics. Courts have been defining RICO down for some time and in ways that aren't particularly helpful. In 1994, the Supreme Court ruled RICO statutes could be applied to pro-life activists on the grounds that interstate commerce can be affected even when the organization being targeted doesn't have economic motives. (Snip) In February, Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., attempted a...
  • Did Oregon Gov't Agency Collude With LGBT Group Against Christian Bakers?

    06/02/2015 8:35:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/02/2015 | BY RAY NOTHSTINE
    There may be evidence that the government agency in charge of enforcing Oregon anti-discrimination laws colluded against Aaron and Melissa Klein, former owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa bakery, with the pro-LGBT group Basic Rights Oregon. The Daily Signal, the news arm of The Heritage Foundation, exposed the communications contact between officials at the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries and Basic Rights Oregon, obtained through a public records request, in their story titled, "Emails Raise Questions of Bias in Case Against Bakers Who Denied Service for Same-Sex Wedding." The communications between the two groups raises questions of the impartiality...
  • Waco Judge Agrees to Let Most Bikers Go If They Sign Contract Not to Sue for Wrongful Arrest

    06/01/2015 5:57:56 AM PDT · by bgill · 353 replies
    Washington Weekly News ^ | May 31, 2015 | Looney and Conrad Law Firm
    “It appears the public defenders office in McLennan County is involved in this scurrilous activity,” said Paul Looney, a Houston attorney with Looney & Conrad, P.C. “I’ve never seen anything like the lawlessness that the authorities have perpetrated on these people and now to add insult to injury they are trying to cover their own tracks in exchange for bond.”

    06/01/2015 8:57:16 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 15 replies
    The Washington Weekly News ^ | 05/31/15 | Staff
    WACO JUDGE AGREES TO LET MOST BIKERS GO – IF THEY SIGN A CONTRACT VOWING NOT TO SUE FOR WRONGFUL ARREST “It appears the public defenders office in McLennan County is involved in this scurrilous activity,” said Paul Looney, a Houston attorney with Looney & Conrad, P.C. “I’ve never seen anything like the lawlessness that the authorities have perpetrated on these people and now to add insult to injury they are trying to cover their own tracks in exchange for bond.”
  • Texas biker shootout: Can 174 people be convicted of murder?

    05/31/2015 5:20:38 PM PDT · by don-o · 106 replies ^ | May 31, 2015 | Naomi Martin
    WACO, TEXAS—After a gunfight between rival motorcycle gangs outside a crowded restaurant left nine dead, police rounded up everyone on the scene wearing biker vests. Now, as 174 people sit in jail on organized crime charges, legal experts say prosecutors face a difficult challenge, and that many of those arrested could end up going free. “They have bitten off more than they can chew,” said Robert Draskovich, a Las Vegas criminal defence lawyer who represents bikers. “Prosecutors often overreach and charge too many people, but I’ve never seen it to this extent.” To prove the current charges, which have capital...
  • Elderly Couple Honk At Off Duty Police Officer: Cop Breaks Man’s Nose, Smashes Teeth Out With Gun

    05/13/2015 1:55:04 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 188 replies
    Man suffers broken nose, teeth in South County road rage incident ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – St. Louis County Police are investigating a road rage incident that happened Sunday near Jefferson Barracks. FOX 2’s Rebecca Roberts sat down with the Bonne Terre couple, who feel they’re lucky to be alive.
  • The new totalitarians: Change your religious beliefs or else

    05/12/2015 6:52:42 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 23 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 5/11/15 | Eric Metaxas
    May 11, 2015 ( -- In the first century, Jesus was asked whether the Jewish people, who were under pagan, Roman occupation, should pay taxes to Caesar. The Lord, of course, said we are to render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, and unto God what is God’s. But in 21st century America, Caesar is angling for a better deal—and he’s getting it.Our old friend Chuck Colson sounded the alarm several years ago when certain political figures on the Left—including former secretary of state Hillary Clinton—began downsizing the First Amendment’s guarantee of our God-given right to freedom of religion into a more...
  • Police Abduct 10 Children From A Family In Kentucky Because Of Their ‘Off The Grid’ Lifestyle

    05/09/2015 11:42:37 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 277 replies
    End of the American Dream ^ | May 8th, 2015 | Michael Snyder
    If the government does not like the way that you are raising your kids, they will come in and grab them at any time without giving any warning whatsoever.  Of course this is completely and totally unlawful, but it has been happening all over America.  The most recent example of this that has made national headlines is particularly egregious.  Joe and Nicole Naugler of Breckinridge County, Kentucky just had their 10 children brutally ripped away from them just because the government does not approve of how they are living their lives and how they are educating their young ones.  Let’s...
  • Woman filming U.S. Marshal has cellphone taken, smashed in South Gate

    04/21/2015 4:45:43 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 60 replies
    My News LA ^ | 4-21-15 | John Screiber
    Federal officials said Tuesday they are investigating the actions of a U.S. Marshals Service employee who was caught on video grabbing a woman’s cell phone in South Gate, smashing it to the ground and kicking it away. The video, which was filmed by another woman across the street from the police activity, was posted on YouTube. It shows a woman using her cell phone to record a law enforcement operation, and a Marshals Service employee approaches her, grabs the phone and slams it on the ground. “On (Sunday), a YouTube video entitled ‘South Gate Police Attack Cop Watcher: Destroys Cellphone’...
  • Michigan Lawmakers Want Homeschooled Children Registered Like Dogs and Inspected by Social Workers

    04/21/2015 4:47:07 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 49 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 04-20-2015 | Paula Bolyard
    In the wake of the tragic murders of two Michigan children whose mother tortured them before stuffing them into the family’s freezer, lawmakers are calling for more stringent regulation of homeschooling in the state. The proposed legislation from state Rep. Stephanie Chang, a Detroit Democrat, would require homeschooled children to be inspected twice per year by a licensed social worker or law enforcement officer. The bill would also require homeschooling parents to register their children — like dogs or sex offenders — with the superintendent of the school district in which they reside. Michigan is one of eleven states that...
  • Ten California deputies put on leave after video shows man being beaten

    04/10/2015 2:58:45 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 89 replies
    cnn ^ | Ralph Ellis and Michael Pearson
    KNBC reported that the man -- identified by authorities as Francis Pusok -- appeared to be kicked 17 times, punched 37 times and hit with a baton four times. Pusok was later hospitalized, KNBC reported, citing authorities. "The video surrounding this arrest is disturbing and I have ordered an internal investigation be conducted immediately," McMahon said in a statement. The ACLU of Southern California issued a statement Friday saying that it was "deeply troubled" by the images. "While we applaud Sheriff John McMahon's prompt decision to investigate the disturbing actions of his deputies, we believe more is needed," the organization...
  • North Charleston officer faces murder charge after video shows him shooting man in back

    04/07/2015 6:04:54 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 127 replies
    The Post and Courier ^ | 04/06/2015 | Andrew Knapp
    A North Charleston police officer was arrested on a murder charge and the FBI opened a civil rights investigation Tuesday after video surfaced of the lawman shooting eight times at 50-year-old Walter Scott as he ran away. Scott died Saturday after Patrolman 1st Class Michael Slager, 33, shot him in the back. The video footage, which The Post and Courier obtained Tuesday from a source who asked to remain anonymous, shows the end of the confrontation between the two on
  • Operation Choke Point could be used to stop abortions as soon as 2017(payback time?)

    03/25/2015 10:07:32 AM PDT · by sickoflibs · 2 replies
    SOL | 3/25/2015 | sickoflibs
    We know that the Obama administration is using their Operation Choke Point invention to intimidate a number of banks to cut-off funding of loans to legal small businesses like payday lenders and gun shop owners, businesses that libs like Obama and Holder frown on. Its not even clear where they get the authority to do this, we know of no law passed that gives the justice department authority to do this. An independent source writes :" It did this through subpoenas issued under Section 951 of the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989 (FIRREA), which authorizes the...
  • Rick Perry Prosecutor Makes Contradictory Assertions about Grand Jury to Court

    03/24/2015 8:59:45 PM PDT · by SSS Two · 23 replies
    Court Documents
    Texas prosecutor Mike McCrum says the grand jury that indicted former Texas Governor Rick Perry has made two mutually exclusive factual findings. The grand jury, McCrum says, has alternately declared that Perry's public statement threatening to veto a spending bill was 1) An official act; and 2) Not an official act. The significance of this will be described below. First, though, recall that there are two Counts in the indictment against Perry: COUNT ONE: Abuse of Official Capicity. This count alleges that Perry abused the office of Governor by "misusing" government "property" (the veto is the item Perry allegedly misused)...
  • Man freed after 20 years in prison for Waukegan murder gets $20 million

    03/24/2015 6:12:37 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Authorities have reached a $20 million settlement with a man who spent two decades in prison before he was cleared by DNA of the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl in Waukegan, ending a controversial chapter for Lake County's troubled justice system. Lawyers for Juan Rivera said the agreement with the city of Waukegan and other governmental bodies marks the largest settlement for a wrongfully convicted person in Illinois. "No amount of money could ever sum up to 20 years in prison," Rivera, who hopes to go to college to study business management, said Friday at the offices of...
  • FedGov Moves To Seize Water Rights From 100,000 Montanans: “All Surface Water And Wells”

    03/20/2015 2:34:36 PM PDT · by HomerBohn · 22 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 3/18/2015 | Jeremiah Johnson
    Greetings and Salutations, readers! My Nome de Guerre in the battle for truth and objective journalism is Jeremiah Johnson. I hope to pique your interest with a Montana issue that, regardless of the outcome, will have severe ramifications and set a precedent nationwide. This article covers the CSKT (Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes) proposed water-rights compact that threatens to take away the private ownership of water for roughly 100,000 Montanans. Should this measure pass, it can set a precedent for the courts throughout the United States by the Federal Government to deprive us of our water rights. The tale of...
  • Ex-Fitchburg charter school sex-ed teacher gets 2 1/2 years in statutory rape of boy

    03/16/2015 6:00:53 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 33 replies
    Fitchburg (Mass.) Sentinel and Enterprise ^ | March 13, 2015 | Michael Hartwell
    FITCHBURG -- A former Fitchburg charter school sex-education teacher pleaded guilty Friday in Worcester Superior Court to a charge she raped a 14-year-old student, according to a report. Rachelle Gendron, 28, reached a plea agreement and was sentenced to 2 1/2 years of prison time and 10 years of probation, according to Tim Connolly, spokesman for Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.
  • But for the video…

    03/01/2015 9:54:48 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5/27/15 | Radley Balko
    The latest example of cellphone video vindicating someone from false charges is a doozy. It comes from Washington Parish, La., and WWL TV. One of the worst days of Douglas Dendinger’s life began with him handing an envelope to a police officer. In order to help out his family and earn a quick $50, Dendinger agreed to act as a process server, giving a brutality lawsuit filed by his nephew to Chad Cassard as the former Bogalusa police officer exited the Washington Parish Courthouse. The handoff went smoothly, but Dendinger said the reaction from Cassard, and a group of officers...
  • Obamacare threatens to end John Roberts’s dream of a nonpartisan Supreme Court

    03/01/2015 10:54:57 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 42 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 3/1/2015 | Robert Barnes
    The first time the Affordable Care Act came before the Supreme Court, its constitutional foundation under attack, John G. Roberts Jr. was its unlikely savior. In a spectacular display of spot-welding, the chief justice joined fellow conservatives on some points and brought liberals on board for others. Roberts was the only member of the court to endorse the entire jerry-rigged thing, and even he made sure to distance himself from the substance of the law. (“It is,” he wrote, “not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.”) Still, his efforts rescued President Obama’s signature...
  • Eric Holder's parting shot: It's too hard to bring civil rights cases

    02/27/2015 9:36:03 AM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 50 replies
    Politico ^ | February 27, 2015 | Adam Kredo
    In an exit interview, the attorney general says his critics may be partly driven by race.
  • Christian florist: Why I can’t agree to provide service to gay weddings [Watch Video]

    02/25/2015 6:51:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/25/2015 | AllahPundit
    She’s soft-spoken, has 23 grandkids, professes love for the gay customer who tried to hire her for his wedding and helped him find another florist when she politely declined (it was Washington’s AG, not the customer, who filed the discrimination complaint against her), and stands to lose her business and possibly her home if the state keeps coming after her for this. There may be more sympathetic spokesmen for religious freedom out there but offhand I can’t imagine one. The polling on whether businesses should be required by law to cater to gay weddings is mixed, but I wonder...
  • Video shows Seattle cop arresting elderly black man using golf club as cane

    01/30/2015 8:47:07 AM PST · by redreno · 100 replies ^ | January 29 at 7:53 PM | By Elahe Izadi
    William Wingate had been standing on a busy Seattle street corner in July, leaning on a golf club he uses as a cane, when a police cruiser pulled up and the officer inside yelled at Wingate to “put that down.” The resulting exchange — in which the officer claims that Wingate swung the club at her after she asked him to “shut it down” before she arrested him – was captured on the cruiser’s dashboard camera, the footage of which Seattle Police released this week as it apologized for the 2014 incident. The response to that video prompted Seattle Police...
  • Judge refuses to throw out Perry indictment, case will proceed

    01/27/2015 2:23:31 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 40 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 01/27/2015 | Peggy Fikac
    AUSTIN – A state judge on Tuesday refused to throw out an indictment accusing former Gov. Rick Perry of abusing his veto authority to try to force out a local prosecutor. Perry, who is actively eyeing another presidential bid, was indicted last summer. The charges stem from his 2013 threat to veto funding for a public corruption unit overseen by Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg unless she resigned after a drunken-driving arrest. Lehmberg stayed in office after serving jail time, and Perry axed the funding. The Republican said that Lehmberg, a Democrat, had lost the public’s confidence. A grand...
  • Judge refuses to toss Rick Perry abuse-of-power case on constitutional grounds

    01/27/2015 7:10:19 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 27 replies
    FOX ^ | 1-27-15 | AP story
    AUSTIN, Texas – A Texas judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss a felony abuse-of-power case against former Gov. Rick Perry on constitutional grounds, ruling that criminal charges against the possible 2016 presidential candidate should stand. In 44 pages of decisions and orders, District Judge Bert Richardson, who like Perry is a Republican, rejected calls from Perry's pricy defense team to toss the case because its client was acting within his rights as chief executive of America's second-most populous state when he publicly threatened, then carried out, a 2013 veto of state funding for public corruption prosecutors.
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    03/26/2014 10:32:29 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 10 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 03-26-14 | DrJohn
    "First he came for the whistleblowers and I didn't speak up because I was a liberal...." A conference called "Sources and Secrets" was held a few days ago at the Times Center in New York. The conference is described as "A conference on the press, government and national security." It's supported largely by left wing organizations and news outlets. At the meeting James Risen of the NY Times expressed an interesting opinion: New York Times reporter James Risen, who is fighting an order that he testify in the trial of Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA officer accused of leaking information...
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    01/14/2015 5:52:44 PM PST · by 54fighting · 6 replies
    The Daily Surge ^ | 1/14/15 | Roberto Escoban
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    01/11/2015 6:53:29 AM PST · by Regal · 59 replies
    Vanity Question ^ | Jan 11, 2015 | Regal
    I have just recently become an active poster (responder), and have seen the term "Crony Capitalism" used without explanation. Recently I saw the term associated with Communism, which confused me further. A "google" does little to clear things up, particularly in regards to how it might be interchangeable with communism. Can anyone help clear things up?