Of the four men the FBI helped frame, two of them died in prison, the other two spent over 30 years in prison before being exonerated. All four were convicted exclusively on the testimony of Joseph “The Animal” Barboza, a Boston mobster and hit man, who was working with the FBI. Barboza was later relocated to California where he committed several more murders under the FBI’s protection before being killed by the mob himself. Read more…
McMinn County, Tennessee had a serious problem with political corruption and fraud for quite some time. While a good portion of the county’s men were overseas fighting in World War II, the county elected a new Sheriff, Paul Cantrell, and he recruited a small army of loyal deputies. The Sheriff’s bulletproof system came to an end with the surrender of the Axis, as 3,000 veterans (about 10% of the county’s population) returned to their home in McMinn County and soon formed the GI Non-Partisan League. Read more…
This is a truly sad story. Not because of any criminal injustice, but because it’s one of the few cases where there isn’t a clear bad guy in this story. Better decisions could have been made by both parties, but neither were exceptionally malicious. A Kansas City firefighter named Anthony Bruno was out celebrating his cousin’s wedding, when he tried to get a taxi to take his inebriated cousin home the cab driver acted disrespectfully towards Bruno’s wife. Bruno then got physical with the cab driver, but it was soon broken up and the incident seemed to be over. Bruno than walked off and that’s when off-duty KC police officer Donald Hubbard walked up. Hubbard was moonlighting as security for the Hotel’s bar and walked up to see what was going on. Read more…
A great idea out of Tennessee that didn’t make it past state legislators. A bill from 2006 would have required towns that generates more than half of its revenue from speeding tickets to use blue-colored speed limit signage. The motivation behind this bill was certain towns that intentionally lower speed limits to unreasonably low levels in order to generate more revenue from speeding tickets. This undermines the purpose of speed limits, which is supposed to be for public safety, not government revenue. But we all know how that goes.
Source: Knox News
A breath of fresh air for American drivers came in the form of a recent decision from U.S. District Judge Henry E. Autrey in St. Louis, Missouri. A local man was ticketed by police for flashing his headlights to warn oncoming motorists of a police speed trap. The Missouri American Civil Liberties Union took up his case and defended him of the charges in court. The charges were dropped, but the ACLU pursued it even further, filing a civil lawsuit against the police department. Read more…
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A Libertarian Case for Net Neutrality
As a libertarian you may be uneasy with the concept of net neutrality. Like me, you feel inexplicably drawn to this neutrality but feel guilty for it. You think to yourself, “I’m a free-market libertarian, by God! Regulation is wrong! Why is my instinct betraying me?” It’s because we don’t live in perfect world. We live in an economy that is far from free and is infested with government regulations and corporate manipulation. The internet service industry is a picturesque example of this.
Pluto Probe to Awaken from Hibernation
Next month NASA’s New Horizons probe will wake up from it’s final hibernation in order to begun preparation for it’s arrival in the dwarf planet’s vicinity. The probe has travelled nearly 3 billion miles since launching in January of 2006. NASA will use the remaining travel time to test all of the probe’s systems and scientific gear before performing tests and observations on the dwarf planet and it’s moons beginning in January of 2015.