Category Archives: US Courts

Eric Frein: The Unheralded ‘Terrorist’

Accused cop killer and terrorist Eric Frein and the many unanswered questions regarding his case Accused Pennsylvania state trooper killer Eric Matthew Frein, 31, appeared in a Pike County courtroom last Monday. The Judge ordered that Frein stand trial on the charges for first degree murder and other charges such as terrorism. Eric Frein was No. 2 on the FBI’s Most Wanted List during the time law enforcement conducted a… Read More »

Hobby Lobby Beats Women’s Healthcare

Supreme Court allows Hobby Lobby to force religion on employee healthcare On June 30th, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that an arts and crafts company named Hobby Lobby can refuse to pay certain forms of contraception in employee healthcare benefits based on its religious beliefs. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg stated in her dissent for the minority: The exemption sought by Hobby Lobby and Conestoga would override significant interests of the… Read More »

Warrantless Searches of Vehicles OK in PA

  PA Supreme Court rules police can conduct warrantless searches of vehicles Warrantless searches of vehicles by police are now legal in the State of Pennsylvania. On May 14th, Eric Boehm of the PA Independent reported that “The state Supreme Court ruled last week that police are allowed to search vehicles without a warrant. The state General Assembly, meanwhile, is moving forward with a bill that would give cops the… Read More »

Defamation: Truth Not Absolute Defense

Cases where courts found defamation for truthful speech I was reading a blog by Itai Maytal that was about a defamation claim, where a blogger was ordered to pay $60,000 in damages to a plaintiff over truthful information. From my knowledge, the First Amendment protects all speech that is based upon “truth.” Maytal confirmed my assertion of  speech rights in the following statements: One of the first things I learned… Read More »

Pardon From Obama Not Likely for Manning

Unlikely that Obama will pardon Private Manning Chelsea Manning, formerly known as Bradley Manning, was sentenced to 35 years in prison on August 21, 2013. Now, Pvt. Manning and his attorney David Coombs are moving for a pardon from President Obama. Manning was convicted on 20 of 22 charges, 6 of which were charges under the Espionage Act. On September 4th, Manning formally appealed to President Obama for a pardon.… Read More »

Law: The Kind The Unjust Hide Behind

How the law becomes the excuse to pardon an unjust criminal justice system All too often, we hear people say “it’s ‘the law’ so we have to respect the decision.” As a matter of fact, no we don’t. Just because a decision is rendered by a judge or a jury doesn’t mean that justice was served. After all, isn’t that what our court systems are supposed to be about? Seeking… Read More »

O’Mara, Zimmerman Lawyer Seeking Legal Costs

Zimmerman defense attorney Mark O’Mara seeking up to $300,000 in non-lawyer defense costs from state of Florida George Zimmerman’s defense attorney, Mark O’Mara (above right), is seeking legal costs from the state of Florida. O’Mara is seeking up to $300,000 in non-lawyer costs, such as experts, printing, and court reporters. O’Mara, according to the Washington Post, stated that “I just think it’s patently unfair that the state by overcharging a… Read More »

Manning Gets 35 Years

Bradley Manning gets sentenced to 35 years in prison The U.S. government has really showed just how vindictive and authoritarian it can be. The U.S. asked for 60 years for Private Manning but he instead received a 35 year sentence which is still a travesty. Bradley Manning exposed the malfeasance within our government, and the murderous crimes that were being committed. Crimes against humanity. The “Collateral Murder” video was a… Read More »

Zimmerman Supporters Got it Right

What we need to learn from supporters of George Zimmerman First off, let me start by saying that in no way do I believe that justice was served by the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial. From everything I know about this case, Zimmerman should have been found guilty of manslaughter at the very least, although I still believe he killed the young man in cold blood, and that he’s… Read More »

Bradley Manning Not Guilty of Aiding and Abetting

Bradley Manning found not guilty of ‘aiding and abetting’ The acquittal for aiding and abetting (Espionage Act) presents a major victory for journalism in the U.S., including Bradley Manning, despite him being convicted on other charges. Prvt. Bradley Manning was found guilty on 20 counts, 4 of which were his lesser included pleas. Manning still faces over 100 years in prison. He was also found guilty of 5 counts under… Read More »