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Homeland Security agent seizes notes from a reporter who wrote critical stories | The Verge

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The Washington Times is preparing a lawsuit after federal agents raided the Maryland home of award-winning investigative reporter Audrey Hudson and confiscated her notes.

The agents had a warrant, but it was for unregistered firearms suspected of belonging to her husband. Only after they left did Hudson realize that some of her notes, which included interviews with confidential sources, were missing. The notes pertained to her reporting on problems within the Department of Homeland Security\’s federal air marshal service.

During the raid, a Homeland Security agent asked Hudson if she was the reporter who had written the air marshal stories for the Times.

via Homeland Security agent seizes notes from a reporter who wrote critical stories | The Verge.

Written by edparnell

October 28, 2013 at 1:03 am

Head of NSA blasts reporters for ‘selling’ leaked documents | The Verge

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Reporters should be prevented from “selling” National Security Agency documents, Gen. Keith Alexander says in a videotaped interview with Department of Defense blog Armed With Science. In a discussion designed to reassure the American public that its government is not spying on them, the NSA chief calls for an end to the publication of documents leaked by former contractor Edward Snowden. “I think it’s wrong that that newspaper reporters have all these documents, the 50,000-whatever they have and are selling them and giving them out as if these — you know it just doesn’t make sense,” Alexander said. “We ought to come up with a way of stopping it. I don’t know how to do that. That’s more of the courts and the policymakers but, from my perspective, it’s wrong to allow this to go on”

via Head of NSA blasts reporters for ‘selling’ leaked documents | The Verge.

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October 27, 2013 at 11:27 am

Posted in Conspiracies, Dumb, Law

James Holmes death penalty decision: ‘I want to watch him die’ say victims of Colorado theater shooting | Mail Online

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The prosecutor’s decision today to seek the death penalty for Dark Knight ‘killer’ James Holmes has been applauded by victims and friends of victims who say they want to watch him die.

One friend of Holmes’ 12 victims even said he wants to watch the alleged killer die.

‘I don’t know if it’s painful. I want him dead. I just want to be there in the room when he dies,’ Bryan Beard told ABC outside the Colorado courthouse. ‘He took one of my friends from this Earth. Death equals death.’

Beard’s close friend Alex Sullivan was one of the 12 people killed in the shooting on July 20 last year. It was his 27th birthday.

via James Holmes death penalty decision: ‘I want to watch him die’ say victims of Colorado theater shooting | Mail Online.

Written by edparnell

April 2, 2013 at 10:27 pm

Posted in Crime, Law

Nelson, Georgia Family Protection Ordinance Approved, Would Make Gun Ownership Mandatory For Some

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The city council in a small north Georgia town voted Monday night to make gun ownership mandatory – unless you object.

Council members in Nelson, a city of about 1,300 residents that’s located 50 miles north of Atlanta, voted unanimously to approve the Family Protection Ordinance. The measure requires every head of household to own a gun and ammunition to “provide for the emergency management of the city” and to “provide for and protect the safety, security and general welfare of the city and its inhabitants.”

Not that every household must go out and purchase a firearm.

The ordinance exempts convicted felons and those who suffer from certain physical or mental disabilities, as well as anyone who objects to gun ownership. The ordinance also doesn’t include any penalty for those who don’t comply.

But backers said they wanted to make a statement about gun rights at a time when President Barack Obama and some states are pushing for more restrictions in the wake of the Connecticut elementary school massacre in December that left 20 children and six educators dead.

via Nelson, Georgia Family Protection Ordinance Approved, Would Make Gun Ownership Mandatory For Some.

Written by edparnell

April 2, 2013 at 10:22 pm

Cruel and Unusual Punishment: The Shame of Three Strikes Laws | Politics News | Rolling Stone

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On July 15th, 1995, in the quiet Southern California city of Whittier, a 33-year-old black man named Curtis Wilkerson got up from a booth at McDonald’s, walked into a nearby mall and, within the space of two hours, turned himself into the unluckiest man on Earth. “I was supposed to be waiting there while my girlfriend was at the beauty salon,” he says.

So he waited. And waited. After a while, he paged her. “She was like, ‘I need another hour,'” he says. “So I was like, ‘Baby, I’m going to the mall.'”

Having grown up with no father and a mother hooked on barbiturates, Wilkerson, who says he still boasts a Reggie Miller jumper, began to spend more time on the streets. After his mother died when he was 16, he fell in with a bad crowd, and in 1981 he served as a lookout in a series of robberies. He was quickly caught and sentenced to six years in prison. After he got out, he found work as a forklift operator, and distanced himself from his old life.

But that day in the mall, something came over him. He wandered from store to store, bought a few things, still shaking his head about his girlfriend’s hair appointment. After a while, he drifted into a department store called Mervyn’s. Your typical chain store, full of mannequins and dress racks; they’re out of business today. Suddenly, a pair of socks caught his eye. He grabbed them and slipped them into a shopping bag.

via Cruel and Unusual Punishment: The Shame of Three Strikes Laws | Politics News | Rolling Stone.

Written by edparnell

March 28, 2013 at 7:40 pm

Posted in Law

Highlights from the Supreme Court’s Prop 8 Arguments – tapestry

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Highlights from the Supreme Court’s Prop 8 Arguments – tapestry.

This is an interesting interactive news device / gizmo which gives details of the progress of otherwise of Californian Prop 8.

Written by edparnell

March 28, 2013 at 7:37 pm

Posted in Law

Rockland Jury Convicts Man of Cocaine Possession on Thruway – Nyack-Piermont, NY Patch

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A Brooklyn man who was accused of having cocaine and marijuana in a car stopped by State Police on the New York State Thruway in Clarkstown in 2012 has been found guilty of drug possession charges.

Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe said a Rockland County jury deliberated for 10 days and convicted Genghis Khan, 23, of 1008 St. Marks Ave., Brookly, of second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony, and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.

via Rockland Jury Convicts Man of Cocaine Possession on Thruway – Nyack-Piermont, NY Patch.

Written by edparnell

March 28, 2013 at 1:07 am

Posted in Crime, Law

Supreme Court DOMA Case: Justices Question Whether They Can Even Decide Dispute

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WASHINGTON — A majority of Supreme Court justices on Wednesday morning appeared skeptical of the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage for federal purposes as between a man and a woman. Whether the justices believe they have the power to make any decision in this case, however, remained murky.

It was the second day in a row that the high court heard arguments dealing with same-sex marriage. At issue Wednesday in United States v. Windsor was whether it was constitutional for the U.S. government to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages that had been recognized by the states.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, who said Tuesday that the children of same-sex couples “want their parents to have full recognition and legal status,” seemed troubled by the fact that DOMA refuses to recognize even those same-sex unions that are already recognized by states.

via Supreme Court DOMA Case: Justices Question Whether They Can Even Decide Dispute.

Written by edparnell

March 27, 2013 at 11:05 pm

Posted in Law

The Law and Order Database: All 20 Seasons | Overthinking It

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At Overthinking It, Law & Order is analyzed by two separate yet equally important groups: the people who watch the show and send in the data, and the people who build the spreadsheets. These are their findings…

via The Law and Order Database: All 20 Seasons | Overthinking It.

Written by edparnell

November 14, 2012 at 9:38 pm

Posted in Law, Media, TV Shows

Zut alors! Famous French cars may be banned from Paris | Reuters

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Some of the most famous cars in French motoring history would be banned from Paris under a law intended to hit gas-guzzlers, but which is being criticised as a blow to the poor and classic car fans.

The proposal to ban pre-1997 cars from the city centre is the brainchild of Paris mayor Bertrand Delanoe, who was behind the popular Velib’ bike-rental scheme but has been accused of turning the city of lights into a playground for the rich.

via Zut alors! Famous French cars may be banned from Paris | Reuters.

Written by edparnell

November 14, 2012 at 8:18 pm

Posted in Dumb, Law

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