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It just wouldn’t be summer in America without petty tyrants shutting down lemonade stands. “Overton officials shut down girls' lemonade stand, saying they lack permit” “Wanting to make a little money to take their father somewhere special for Father's Day, Zoey and Andria Green, set up a lemonade stand Monday, but their efforts soon were thwarted by government red tape. The 7- and 8-year-old sisters talked with the Tyler Morning Telegraph Monday in front of their home

“The U.S. Supreme Court dealt Second Amendment supporters a major defeat today by refusing to hear an appeal filed by San Francisco gun owners seeking to overturn that city's requirement that all handguns kept at home and not carried on the owner’s person be "stored in a locked container or disabled with a trigger lock." Today’s action by the Court leaves that gun control ordinance on the books. If the facts of the San Francisco case

“Waco:  As questions remain unanswered about last month’s deadly biker rampage in Waco, Texas, police there are trying to clamp down on public information about the case. The move comes as scrutiny intensifies over the Waco Police Department’s handling of the sensational shootout that killed nine bikers, injured 18 and saw an unprecedented 175 people arrested and charged with engaging in organized crime. By law, crime and arrest reports containing basic data — information such as a

“Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby plans to seek a protective order that would block the release of Freddie Gray's autopsy report and other "sensitive" documents as she prosecutes the six police officers involved in his arrest. Mosby told The Baltimore Sun that prosecutors "have a duty to ensure a fair and impartial process for all parties involved" and "will not be baited into litigating this case through the media." But an attorney for one of the officers

“Nebraska Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts says lawmakers' repeal of the death penalty won't stop his administration from proceeding with executions of 10 people already sentenced to death. Ricketts said Friday that he doesn't plan to cancel a shipment of lethal injection drugs that the state bought earlier this month. The GOP-controlled Legislature this week approved a law repealing the death penalty over the governor's veto. The law doesn't go into effect for three months. Attorney General Doug Peterson

“Ross W. Ulbricht, the founder of Silk Road, a notorious online marketplace for the sale of heroin, cocaine, LSD and other illegal drugs, was sentenced to life in prison on Friday in Federal District Court in Manhattan. Mr. Ulbricht, 31, was sentenced by the judge, Katherine B. Forrest, for his role as what prosecutors described as “the kingpin of a worldwide digital drug-trafficking enterprise.” Mr. Ulbricht had faced a minimum of 20 years in prison on one

“The FBI is operating a small air force with scores of low-flying planes across the country carrying video and, at times, cellphone surveillance technology — all hidden behind fictitious companies that are fronts for the government, The Associated Press has learned. The planes' surveillance equipment is generally used without a judge's approval, and the FBI said the flights are used for specific, ongoing investigations. In a recent 30-day period, the agency flew above more than 30

“The Clean Water Act limits the federal government to regulating the “navigable waters of the United States” like the Colorado River or Lake Michigan. In 1986 the EPA expanded that definition to seize jurisdiction over tributaries and adjacent wetlands. Now it is extending federal control over just about any creek, pond, prairie pothole or muddy farm field that EPA says has a “significant nexus” to a navigable waterway. The agency defines waters as “significant” if they

When is a constitutional right not absolute?  When is it best left to the discretion of politicians and their appointees to decide?  Well, to paraphrase a well-worn expression, it depends what the meaning of “shall” is.  Or the meaning of “may.” Petty tyrants are seldom depicted in the popular culture as big city political bosses hell bent on denying the fundamental rights of those they rule, but it is often the case, and this week one

While the fourth amendment was invoked by many interested parties during the recent heated debate about the NSA on Capitol Hill, it was not the only constitutional protection in play. We are all well aware that freedom of the press was so widely viewed by the founding generation as critical to the burgeoning American republic that it was specified in the very first amendment of the Bill of Rights. But for what purpose? At the risk of

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