“You might beat the rap, but you can’t beat the ride.”

constitution-preambleIf we want to protect our honest law enforcement officers from unjustified acts of aggression, if we want to protect our fellow citizens from unlawful government intrusion and excessive force, if we want to actually achieve “law and order” rather than use it as a political catch phrase, we must resurrect our Fourth Amendment. Without it, all of our rights and protections against unlawful government intrusion and excessive force will be limited only to the amount of attention you receive from the Government. Read more

New Law Makes Certain Texts a Misdemeanor

A law was passed recently that makes sharing a personal text intended for you with someone else a crime if that text meets certain criteria and causes harm to the person. Generally, this pertains to sexually explicit or suggestive photos that are texted to one individual and then passed on to another without express permission. Read more

Routine Traffic Stops and Marijuana Smell

There is a great deal of concern lately regarding abuse of police powers. That’s not what this post is about.

This post has been written to provide information for what is allowed during a police stop should the officer smell marijuana in your car. Read more

Social Media and Divorce

With the prevalence of social media, we’ve seen a variety of changes throughout our culture today. From politics to our professional lives, everyone has to answer for the things that they put on the Internet through various social media accounts. Unsurprisingly, social media has also changed the landscape of divorce. Read more

1984 in 2016

“…if you want to keep a secret you must also hide it from yourself.”

– George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four

 

On January 26, 2016, The Economist published an article titled The StingRay’s tale addressing some the concerns regarding the Government’s surveillance capabilities.[1] The article addressed two specific devices – StingRay and Hailstorm. Read more

Beyond Stop and Frisk: An In-Depth 4th Amendment Definition

The law allows citizens to “consent” to certain procedures or investigations, sometimes without being aware of it. We all know that the Fourth Amendment of our United States Constitution is meant to protect us from unreasonable searches and seizures. That is, law enforcement is not allowed to Read more

A Kingdom of Fear

“While our forefathers were concerned that King George’s Red Coats were breaking down their doors and rummaging through their underwear drawers, today we are faced with a more sophisticated means of invading our privacy. The new technology is not physical. You cannot see it. You cannot feel it.
Stealth-like, it steals your thoughts. It steals your conversations. It invades the crossroads between the Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure and the First Amendment rights to free speech and association. It cuts to the quick the citizenries’ right to protest and complain about their government. The Fourth Amendment protection of a citizen’s privacy against his or her government’s intrusion is the linchpin upon which all other civil liberties rest.”

– Letter from Gerry Goldstein to Dr. Hunter S. Thompson (June 15, 2002)*

*Dr. Hunter S. Thompson (2003). A Kingdom of Fear. Simon & Schuster