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by Edmond Geary

Police Stop-And-Frisk Campaign Ruled Illegal

To address the abundance of street crime in high crime areas of New York City, the police devised an aggressive stop-and-frisk approach.  They called it TAP, acronym for  Trespassers Affidavit Program.  It used to be known as Operation Clean Halls.  The police approached anyone outside certain housing projects, engaged them, search them, question them and…

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by Edmond Geary

Big Brother Protects Us

Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, a vast system has grown up to collect information about Americans has grown up.  No one knows how many programs exists within it or even who many people it employs or how much it costs.  It is the largest, most technologically advanced in our history.  It is designed…

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by Edmond Geary

Chicago Gun Laws Follow Supreme Court

The United States Supreme Court recently decided that citizens have a constitutional right to possess a firearm in their home, and that Second Amendment right applies to the states.  That means cities like Chicago have to change their laws regulating the possession of guns. Four days after the Supreme Court decision invalidating Chicago’s gun ban,…

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by Edmond Geary

Constitutional Rights in Supreme Court: South Dakota v. Opperman

The Supreme Court of South Dakota ruled a violation of the 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, a police search when they conducted a routine inventory search of an automobile lawfully impounded by police for violations of municipal parking violations. After incurring two overtime parking citations in the same morning, a car was towed by…

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by Edmond Geary

Right to Remain Silent-Diminished

When you are arrested, you have the right to remain silent. Everyone knows that.  But if you simply maintain silence, the police can continue to question you until you finally talk.  That is the recent ruling from the United States Supreme Court.  If you want to protect your right to remain silent, you must, interestingly,…

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by Edmond Geary

DEA Agent in Jail for Drug Conspiracy

A former A.T.F. agent is in jail, awaiting prosecution for a fabricated drug buy.  Brandon McFadden was an agent for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for seven years before resigning last year.  He was arrested by the F.B.I. and is now in the Tulsa County Jail awaiting prosecution in U.S. District…

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by Edmond Geary

Oklahoma Indigent Defense Budget Woes

As the economy continues to struggle in Oklahoma, revenues to the state come in at lower levels than last year.  The state must therefore cut expenditures.   All state agencies are now planning a five percent reduction in spending.   Some projects may do worse. One of these is the Oklahoma Indigent Defense System. It pays for…

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