What’s “Civil Asset Forfeiture”?

2021-09-08T16:58:57+00:00September 20th, 2021|

We all learned in school that people have rights. Among other things, we learned that you can’t be deprived of your property except by a legal process that involves a court. You get the ability to make a defense, and a judge or a jury decides. And all of that is true, most of the time. But imagine this scenario. A Wisconsin kid gets arrested on drug charges. In a panic, he calls his mom and tells her that she needs to post bail for him. And the mother does everything correctly. She calls the jail. She asks what the procedure is for her to

Should Prostitution Be Legalized?

2021-09-08T16:50:58+00:00September 13th, 2021|

It’s been called the “world’s oldest profession” - prostitution. As far back as society has records, we’ve had people who were willing to exchange sex for money. It was even a legal and accepted part of certain religious ceremonies several thousand years ago. Of course our modern society tends to frown on prostitution for a variety of reasons. But are those reasons good? Or should we legalize it? There are numerous arguments opposing legalization of prostitution. Let’s look at a few common ones and the reasons those arguments don’t hold water. “It’s immoral.” Even if we assume that it’s immoral by modern ethical codes (which

Chalking Tires & Search Warrants

2021-09-08T16:48:09+00:00September 6th, 2021|

We’ve all parked on public streets. And if you’ve done it frequently, you’re probably familiar with the police practice of marking tires with chalk to determine whether or not your vehicle has been parked too long. Is that practice legal? That was tested recently in the case of Alison Taylor, a Saginaw, MI resident with over a dozen parking tickets. She took her case all the way to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, and asked that very question. In what may be a landmark decision, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals says “no”. The reasoning for this is a bit technical, but let me

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