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  • “Help Make It Stop”: Victims Testify About How Overcriminalization Ruins Lives

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    Speech Restrictions on National Mall Violate the Constitution

    As the government “shutdown” drags on, Washington’s National Mall remains closed to the general public. Not everyone, however, is forbidden to set foot on the mall. The National Park Service (NPS) has posted signs indicating that certain portions of the mall are closed “except for 1st Amendment activities.” A planned … More

    Fishing as a Felony: Teen Faces Prison Time for Leaving Fishing Equipment in High School Parking Lot

    The “zero tolerance” idiot parade marches on, leaving innocent people in its wake. This time, it’s a teenage fisherman, and he’s facing felony charges. We’ve written recently about children who’ve been suspended because of their schools’ zero tolerance policies concerning weapons. Yesterday, that idiocy reached new heights as 17-year-old Cody … More

    “Bang, Bang,” You’re Suspended: Second-Grader Sent Home for Carrying Invisible Gun

    Just when you thought gun-fearing “educators” couldn’t get any sillier. Last week, it was a couple of teenagers suspended for a year for playing with airsoft guns on the front lawn. This week, it’s a second-grader suspended for a day for using his finger as a pretend gun. Yes, eight-year-old … More

    Don't Film Me, Bro!: Officer Confiscates Cell Phone, Prevents Wife from Videotaping Her Husband's Arrest

    It was her cell phone. She was on her property. And they were handcuffing her husband on the ground. Yet when Heather Donald used her cell phone to videotape the arrest of her husband Thomas, the police took the cell phone from her and later commanded her to delete the … More

    “Zero Tolerance” Zombies: Seventh Graders Suspended for Playing with Toy Gun

    It didn’t look like a real gun. It shot plastic pellets. It was labeled “Zombie Killer.” It didn’t hurt anyone. And it was being used on private property by a seventh-grader. Nonetheless, some officious intermeddler called the Virginia Beach police when she saw Khalid Caballo holding an air-soft gun on … More

    Hard Time for Chalk Crime

    It may or may not be true that, as some seem to believe, not a single cop in the history of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has been criminally “charged after shooting someone, even if that person was unarmed and/or innocent.” What is true, is that making this … More

    Is a Gun Loaded If the Bullets Are Beside It?

    For proof that prosecutors will apply laws in ways that are at odds with societal expectations, look no further than the case of Oriol Dor. Dor came within an interlocutory appeal of being convicted of “knowingly carrying a loaded pistol” even though his gun had no bullets or magazine inside … More

    Zero Dark Giggles: Baby Deer Gets the SWAT Team Treatment

    An otherwise quiet day in Kenosha, Wisconsin, was interrupted by the shrill sound of police sirens. Thirteen armed law enforcement personnel surrounded a barn on the outskirts of town, prepared to confront a wanted fugitive. Equipped with aerial recon photos, armed agents entered the premises, found their target, and hauled … More

    Missed Paying One Ticket? Go Directly to Jail

    She was handcuffed and hauled to the police station. She was fingerprinted and photographed. She was interrogated. She was strip-searched, given a jumpsuit, and locked into an overcrowded jail with several other women for eight hours. That’s what happens when you get arrested. And that’s what happened to Crissy Brown … More