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  • A Tank on Every Corner? Why Police Departments Are Acquiring Armored Vehicles—and What to Do About It

    Most Americans aren’t used to seeing anything that looks like a tank in their neighborhoods. Yet with police departments from California to Texas to Ohio State University acquiring armored vehicles from the federal government, that may soon change. These armored vehicles, designed to fend off insurgent attacks and capable of … More

    Let Them Eat Cupcakes: 11-Year-Old Entrepreneur’s Dreams Crushed by Overregulation

    Like aspiring American entrepreneurs throughout our country’s history, 11-year-old Chloe Stirling wanted to help herself by helping others. Determined to save money for a car when she comes of age, Chloe baked, sold, and donated cupcakes for two years. She ran her business, called, “Hey, Cupcake!” out of her parents’ … More

    Time to Reconsider Mandatory Minimum Sentences

    “This woman doesn’t belong in prison for 10 years for what I understand she did. That’s just crazy.” So said federal district Judge Richard A. Gadbois Jr. before sentencing Tonya Drake to a mandatory minimum of 10 years behind bars. Tonya, a financially desperate single mother, mailed a package that, … More

    ‘Drop the Cabbage, Bullwinkle!’: Alaskan Man Faces Prison for the Crime of Moose-Feeding

    He was on his property, it was his cabbage to give, and no one claims that he meant any harm to his amply-antlered friends.  But 67-year old Samuel Becker is facing prison for giving visiting moose vegetables to munch on, reports Fox News. After receiving a tip last month that … More

    What Happens When You Break a Law You Didn't Know About

    In the wake of media reports that 40,000 new federal, state, and local laws will go into effect this year, there’s no better time for Americans to revisit the old maxim that “ignorance of the law is no excuse.” An unknown number of these new provisions are criminal laws that … More

    Throw a Cigarette Butt on the Ground and You Could Face Three Years in Jail

    Forget merely annoying others with bad manners: In Illinois, citizens who throw their finished cigarette on the ground  are facing jail time – up to a whopping three years. Illinois’s updated “Litter Control Act” will subject anyone who tosses a cigarette outside the trash to criminal penalties. The first offense … More

    Why All Americans Should Support Hobby Lobby's Case Against Obamacare

    The plight of Hobby Lobby, the arts-and-crafts business whose owners are being forced to compromise their faith, instantly draws the sympathy of religious conservatives. But why should anyone else care? Recall first that the Department of Health and Human Services issued under the Affordable Care Act a “preventive services” mandate … More

    Much Ado About Blubber: Marine Biologist Faces Fines, Probation for Research

    Nancy Black has dedicated her career to the research and conservation of wildlife. Now, she will have a criminal record and potentially faces a $100,000 fine, five years’ probation, and 300 hours of community service. Because of blubber. We previously wrote about Nancy, a nationally renowned marine biologist who has … More

    Charged with Theft for Charging His Electric Car—with Five Cents’ Worth of Electricity

    A nickel might not have much purchasing power these days, but, in Chamblee, Georgia, charging your Nissan Leaf with five cents’ worth of electricity can land you in jail. After driving to Chamblee Middle School, where his 11-year-old son was playing tennis, Kaveh Kamooneh took the opportunity to charge his … More

    Felony Shrub-Trimming: San Diego Man Criminally Charged for Pruning Plants

    The San Diego County District Attorney’s Office filed felony vandalism charges against 46-year-old Ocean Beach, California, resident Juvencio Adame for “defacement, damage and destruction” of public property in excess of $400. Felony charges can result in significant prison time. His “crime”? Trimming shrubbery next to his home. What would possess … More