Happy Thanksgiving everyone and some cases to ponder

First, from the ACLU group of Linked In, we have this “can a Facebook public post be a criminal threat” –

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/supreme-court-case-tests-the-limits-of-free-speech-on-facebook-and-other-social-media/2014/11/23/9e54dbd8-6f67-11e4-ad12-3734c461eab6_story.html

which is to be reviewed shortly by the US supreme court.

The quote clearly does not fall under “First Amendment” rights, or does it?

What did the guy say to his soon to be ex?

“Fold up your PFA [protection-from-abuse order] and put it in your pocket

Is it thick enough to stop a bullet?”

What was his excuse?  RAP music.  He likes RAP music and was emulating his heroes.

And more from the washshington post on highway robberies by police officers.  The upshot?  Use a debit card.  Do NOT carry or accept cash for payments.  Do NOT keep anything of value in your car.  All sorts of cell phones, laptops, cash and other valuables have been taken by police by simply writing down on reports “drug trafficking suspect.”  80% or more of the property and cash is never returned to the owners because stumbling through the red tape is too much for the average citizen.  Much is “lost” in the system.  There are few rules or controls over these seizures.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/wp/2014/11/21/federal-officials-issue-new-conduct-rules-for-police-highway-seizures/

apparently there was a small company that is a key provider of propaganda to incite and promote these unconstitutional seizures:

http://www.businessinsider.com/how-desert-snow-trained-americas-cops-2014-10

it is called DESERT SNOW, I imagine it refers to the fact you can get “snow” or “booty” from use of this program even in a seeming desert.  The owners claim that even though 80% of the cash or property never is tied to any arrest or conviction, it “stems the tide of money for drugs and drug trafficking.”  What?  If that’s the theory, then why not have police just grab paychecks as they are issued at Target, Walmart, Sears, etc.?  That will for sure keep those employees from buy drugs with that cash.  It will also stop the payment of utility bills, food and rent, but that’s the employee’s problem, now isn’t it?  Better to sacrifice a herd that have someone light up a joint.

And to all of you probate victims out there that cannot see your beloved persons today or yesterday, my heart goes out to you and I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving nonetheless.

take care

joanne

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