In an effort to restore some semblance of justice to the federal government's sprawling “criminal justice” machine, a coalition of U.S. lawmakers including liberty-minded Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) are pursuing reforms that would force the feds to prove suspects were willfully committing a crime. With tens of thousands of pages in new “regulations” imposed on America each year just by federal regulatory agencies — many with severe criminal penalties attached — legal experts say virtually every American professional likely commits several federal crimes each day without even realizing it. Under the newly re-introduced “Mens Rea Reform Act,” though, that would all change. The effort has drawn widespread support across the political spectrum, and especially among conservatives concerned about overcriminalization.

On Friday, California Governor Jerry Brown revealed that California treats misuse of transgender pronouns more seriously than intentionally inflicting an individual with HIV, by signing into law a bill that reduces from a felony to a misdemeanor the penalty of knowingly exposing partners to HIV.

Hurricane Harvey — Weinstein, that is — blew into Hollywood and now, it appears, has blown his career. Taken down by his own sexual impropriety, the once omnipotent film executive has just fled to “rehab” and may even face criminal charges. Yet he merely reflects a Tinseltown that, even more than Las Vegas, is the real city of sin. 

 

The Blind ID System (BIDS) to purchase guns would surely be a less onerous, less intrusive, and less costly alternative to the failing, unconstitutional NCIS (National Instant Criminal Background Check System) now in place, so why isn't it used?

A new report by the FBI's counterterrorism division has identified "black identity extremists" (BIEs) as a domestic terror threat. These individuals do not necessarily have ties to any particular group but simply subscribe to a belief system in which law enforcement is perceived as a threat to African Americans and believe violence is a reasonable response to perceptions of police brutality.

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