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ACLU to Push for Restoration of Voting Rights in Florida

The ACLU is starting a campaign to get a ballot initiative that would restore felons’ right to vote in Florida. Florida is one of few states that continue to bar voting rights after felons have served their sentences, and the ACLU is prepared to spend $5 million on a campaign to change that. Unfortunately for the felons this initiative would help, they can’t vote on it, and they cannot even sign the petition.

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It is not a Crime to Tell Off the Government

Michael Barbosa, of Connecticut, was traveling through Liberty , New York, when he got a ticket for speeding. He was upset about it, but decided to pay the ticket. He wrote out a check, and mailed it back to Liberty, and he wrote a message on the ticket: “FUCK YOUR SHITTY TOWN BITCHES”.

The officials of Liberty, New York, did not appreciate his sentiment, and refused to accept his payment. They set a court date, sent him a summons, and he had to return to Liberty to appear. Much to his suprise, when he did appear, he was arrested for aggravated harassment.

Sadly for the town of Liberty, we have a First Amendment, and criticism of the government is absolutely protected by that Constitutional provision. Criticism of the government, some might say, is kind of the point of the right to freedom of speech. What do I know? Oh, I know the law, and the judge agreed, dismissing the case. Because- Constitutionally protected expression.

Also Sadly for the town of Liberty… not only did they spend time, money and other resources on their misguided prosecution of the case, but they also got sued by Mr. Barbosa and the ACLU. And they lost, because they arrested and tried to prosecute a citizen for exercising his Constitutional right to criticize the government. And even more tax dollars were blown by town of Liberty.

While Mr. Barbosa certainly chose an inartful method of expressing his disapproval of the government’s actions, he was completely within his rights to do so. It’s a shame… and ultimately a waste of taxpayer money for this misguided and vindictive prosecution.

The ACLU Has Released a Report on Extensive Data Collection by License Plate Scanners

The government is amassing massive amounts of data on public movements, according to a report released by the ACLU. This is the logical expectation of the growing use of these license plate scanners by law enforcement, as we have previously covered here on Crimcourts. Big brother is watching, recording, and compiling.