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May 24th, 2024 - 10:11 pm § in Donald Trump, Law and Courts, Politics, Republicans

Capitol rioter gets 12 years from Trump-appointed judge

Federal Judge Trevor McFadden (bio here), a Trump appointee, sentenced Christopher Quaglin (photo, left), a New Jersey electrician, to 12 years in prison for his participation in the Jan. 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol insurrection. Quaglin didn’t help himself by mouthing off to the judge and expressin[...]

May 24th, 2024 - 7:07 pm § in Law and Courts

We need police, but not these cops

America has a policing crisis, and bad cops are only part of it, there’s also a cop shortage. But this article is about bad cops. Even though overall crime statistics are down, the inability of understaffed police departments to respond promptly (or at all) to 911 calls is leaving residents o[...]

May 24th, 2024 - 1:43 am § in Environment, Health, Law and Courts, Politics

RFK Jr. is lying about the pandemic

In his early days Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (photo, left) struggled with drugs and initially failed the New York bar exam, but then bootstrapped himself to a highly successful environmental law career, much of it working for nonprofits and teaching law students (read his bio here). I’ve attended e[...]

May 23rd, 2024 - 6:14 pm § in Donald Trump, Law and Courts

Why Trump won’t go to jail over the hush money

Even if Trump is convicted in the hush money case, and ex-FBI director James Comey thinks it’s a strong case (see story here), he’s unlikely to get prison time. Ex-Baltimore D.A. Marilyn Mosby, convicted of stealing her own money and lying about it, got a year of home detention (read sto[...]

May 22nd, 2024 - 6:21 pm § in Law and Courts, Politics

MAGA flag was seen at Alito vacation home

Someone in Justice Alito’s household is flying their politics on flagpoles. First it was an American flag flying upside at his Alexandria, Virginia, home (see my article here). Alito, who came under criticism for this, claims his wife did it after arguing with a neighbor over his “F̵[...]

May 21st, 2024 - 3:36 pm § in Law and Courts

Why do people shoot and kick dogs?

Gov. Kristi Noem (R-SD) says she shot her puppy in a gravel pit on her farm because it killed some chickens. I had a dog I fed chickens (although not live ones; but does it matter who kills them, the dog or poultry plant workers?). Secret Service agents saw Eric Evan Brown, 57, a Florida […][...]

May 21st, 2024 - 1:02 pm § in Law and Courts, Misc.

Is someone trying to steal Elvis Presley’s house?

Stealing houses is on the rise in the United States. Here’s how it works: Identity thieves forge property documents, phony deeds or liens, then borrow against the property or sell to unsuspecting buyers (see article here). Targeted houses typically are vacant or unoccupied. Elvis Presley̵[...]

May 21st, 2024 - 4:11 am § in Law and Courts

Cussing at a cop while black

This began as a driving while black case. Reginald Burks was taking his kids to school in Ozark, Alabama (pop. 14,000) when the white cop pulled him over for speeding in a 25 mph zone. Burks asked how fast he was going. The cop didn’t know. His radar didn’t work, so he estimated Burks[...]

May 21st, 2024 - 1:02 am § in Law and Courts

Are you safe if the sheriff is crazy?

Calvin Hayden (photo, left) is a Kansas sheriff, the chief law enforcement officer of Johnson County. That county is no backwater. It’s part of the Kansas City metro area, and Kansas’ most heavily populated county. Its sheriff’s department employs nearly 500 deputies. But the sheri[...]

May 18th, 2024 - 8:37 pm § in Law and Courts, Misc.

Most drivers who drag a cop get shot

Not Scottie Scheffler (photo below), top-seeded golf champion. He was released from jail in time to keep playing in the PGA championship in Louisville. Scheffler was trying to enter the golf course, but police had halted traffic because of a fatal pedestrian accident. So he drove over a curb to get [...]