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January 18, 2009

Police can now arrest you for just because

Thanks to the Bush 5-4 conservative Supreme Court. Evidence Is Valid, Despite Police Error - washingtonpost.com
The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that evidence seized in an improper arrest does not always have to be thrown out by the courts, provided the error was the "result of isolated negligence" on the part of the police. The court's conservative members held sway in a 5 to 4 decision that upheld the drug and gun-possession conviction of an Alabama man who had been arrested only because a computer mistakenly indicated that a warrant had been issued for his arrest. ... Dissenters said the opinion dramatically weakened the protections of the "exclusionary rule," which enforces the Fourth Amendment and is meant to deter the police from breaking the law to obtain evidence against suspects. "The most 'serious impact' of the court's holding will be on innocent persons 'wrongfully arrested based on erroneous information [carelessly maintained] in a computer data base,' " Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote.

January 12, 2009

Pirate corpse washes ashore with $.135 million

Upside: You finally made your big score. No one can call you a pissant small-time Somali asshole ever again. Downside: Dead as shit. Somali pirate's body washes ashore with $153,000 - Yahoo! News
MOGADISHU, Somalia – The body of a Somali pirate who drowned just after receiving a huge ransom washed onshore with $153,000 in cash, a resident said Sunday, as the spokesman for another group of pirates promised to soon free a Ukrainian arms ship. Five pirates drowned Friday when their small boat capsized after they received a reported $3 million ransom for releasing a Saudi oil tanker. Local resident Omar Abdi Hassan said one of the bodies had been found on a beach near the coastal town of Haradhere and relatives were searching for the other four. "One of them was discovered and they are still looking for the other ones. He had $153,000 in a plastic bag in his pocket," he said Sunday.

January 08, 2009

AP Gaza reporter finds hometown in rubble

AP Gaza reporter finds hometown in rubble - Yahoo! News
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – I live alone in my office. My wife and two young children moved in with her father after our apartment was shattered. The neighborhood mosque, where I have prayed since I was a child, had its roof blown off. All the government buildings on my beat have been obliterated. After days of Israeli shelling, the city and life I have known no longer exist.

December 29, 2008

UK: Net-nanny state to set MPAA-style ratings for Web?

Internet sites could be given 'cinema-style age ratings', Culture Secretary says - Telegraph
In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Andy Burnham says he believes that new standards of decency need to be applied to the web. He is planning to negotiate with Barack Obama’s incoming American administration to draw up new international rules for English language websites. The Cabinet minister describes the internet as “quite a dangerous place” and says he wants internet-service providers (ISPs) to offer parents “child-safe” web services. Giving film-style ratings to individual websites is one of the options being considered, he confirms. When asked directly whether age ratings could be introduced, Mr Burnham replies: “Yes, that would be an option. This is an area that is really now coming into full focus.” ISPs, such as BT, Tiscali, AOL or Sky could also be forced to offer internet services where the only websites accessible are those deemed suitable for children.
See also: Uproar in Australia over plan to block Web sites

December 27, 2008

Activists hold anti-Taser vigil after year of deaths

The Raw Story | Activists hold anti-Taser vigil after year of deaths
In Santa Rosa, Calif., residents are not happy with their local law enforcement. After two men died by police wielding Tasers in the last two months and four more in the past year, a number of Sonoma County groups rallied about 40 people to protest the electro-shock weapon. "Although it might seem like a lesser evil, they have been misusing it to such a degree that it has become lethal in this county," said Maggie Coshnear, a member of the county's October 22nd Coalition.
Nathan Vaughn, the most recent victim of Taser use, was hit three times by a Taser less than two minutes after a Sonoma County sheriff's deputy entered his home. Vaughn, 39, was assaulting his father and his mother had called police for help, but less than an hour after the deputy arrived, Vaughn was dead. "He shouldn't have died the way he did," Heyberger said. "He's been in and out of jail, yeah, but does that call for someone being Tasered three times?"

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December 26, 2008

Naked man dies after 4 taser shocks

The Raw Story | Naked man dies after 4 taser shocks
A naked man wandering around an apartment complex near Houston, Texas died after police shocked him with a taser four times. The article continues, "The deputies involved have been put on administrative duty pending the outcome of investigations by the internal affairs and homicide divisions."