Washington Attorney General Pushes For Gun Control

2017 looks as if it’s going to be a tough year for Washingtonian gun owners. The State’s Democratic Attorney General Bob Ferguson (who has held the office since 2013) has introduced measure to ban “assault weapons,” that mirrors similar laws in California. Ferguson has argued the definition of “assault weapon,” as defined by his proposed legislation is similar to legislation in New York and Connecticut that has so far withstood the scrutiny of legal challenges. Among the proposed ban inclu...
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Not Convicted in Kentucky? Pay For Your Stay In Jail

A federal case attempting to strike down the practice of billing former Kentucky inmates who were not convicted of any crimes for the cost of their stay in jail faces a setback after a recent court ruling. David Jones was arrested and held in the Clark County Detention Center for fourteen months before the accusations against him were dismissed. Despite the dismissal, Clark County billed Jones $4,000 for the costs of his time in jail. Mr. Jones paid $20 to the county before his lawyer advised...
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Entire Police Department Resigns, Former Official Cites “Criminal” Dealings of Council Member

The entire police department in Bunker Hill, Indiana, resigned citing receiving illegal orders to do background checks on town official’s political opponents, lack of funding for vital resources, and general lack of communication between town leadership and the department. This week, the story took a new turn when former town council President Robert Cox formally requested the resignation of two council members due to “criminal arrest either personally or directly of a current spouse.” It all...
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Iowa Disbands State-Sanctioned Highway Robbery Unit

The Iowa Department of Public Safety announced this week that it disbanded its drug interdiction team. The unit, which enforced the state’s civil asset forfeiture laws, was criticized for repeatedly seizing private property and turning it over to the state without any form of due process. According to the Institute for Justice, one of the nation’s premier public interest law firms, Iowa’s civil asset forfeiture laws are some of the worst in the country. Under the laws, the burden of proof tha...
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Government Run Amuck: Corruption in “Middletown” America

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating officials in the town of Muncie, Indiana, for allegations of multiple instances of public corruption. Muncie is known for being the subject of a sociological study published in 1929, called Middletown: A Study in Modern American Culture. The first instance of corruption involves a local business owner, Carl Barber, who sold a flea market to Jeff Burke, a local businessman, in August for $150,000. By September, Burke had already re-sold ...
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Pennsylvania Bars Public Release of Cops Names After Shootings Until After Internal Investigations

In a story that seems to continue to repeat itself in cities and states across the nation, Pennsylvania voted to bar the public from learning the names of police officers involved in the shooting civilians for 30 days – after the department investigates their own and has come to a conclusion about the officer’s culpability. This decision comes just after the Pennsylvania legislature voted to bar public release body camera footage to members of the general public. Unlike civilians, who are...
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Pennsylvania Legislators Turning Their Backs on Police Accountability

Following in the footsteps of North Carolina (on which Stonegait previously reported), the Pennsylvania General Assembly is considering a bill that impacts government transparency and police accountability. Per the Pittsburgh Post – Gazette, the bill before the Pennsylvania house has noticeable similarities with the anti-transparency law passed by the North Carolina legislature: “The bill would require anyone seeking access to data from body cameras to identify every person in the video befo...
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3,000 Go Hungry After Kansas City Health Department Seizes Two Tons of Donated BBQ

Every year, the leftover meat from American Royal's World Series of Barbecue in Kansas City, MO, is donated to needy families. But this year the Kansas City Health Department caught wind of this charitable venture, and, rather than letting it go on unmolested, seized more than 4,200 pounds of meat and side dishes, tossing it in a dumpster and covering it in bleach. “All of that food was uninspected,” said Kansas City Health Department Operations Manager Joe Williamson, “so that makes it from ...
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Airbnb Takes on New York Legislation

By Taylor Hill Since the end of October, Airbnb has been trying to resolve a piece of legislation that could significantly impact their operations in New York. Airbnb filed a lawsuit in the Manhattan federal court system saying that a particular piece of legislation that imposes fines on advertising short-term home rentals is ambiguous and could lead to overreaching into online platforms. New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law legislation that would allow fines, and penalties up to...
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Corrupt California Cops Receive Light Sentences Because of Former LEO Status

Two police officers jeopardize scores of California cases after new revelations of police corruption surface. Former Bakersfield police detective Damacio Diaz and his partner, Patrick Mara both accepted plea deals on a litany of charges. The officers were involved in a scheme of ripping off drug dealers they were arresting, taking evidence, and re-selling the drugs they confiscated on the street. Additionally, the officers accepted bribes and, in return, tipped drug dealers off to investigati...
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