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This past Monday (March 19), Meredith Graves — who on December 22 attempted to check her gun before entering the 9/11 Memorial — pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a weapon, a misdemeanor, and will serve no jail time. A felony conviction would have meant a minimum of 3½ years … Continue reading
Why Did Rush Limbaugh Apologize to Sandra Fluke For Calling Her a Prostitute and a Slut? (You MAY choose more than one answer) More information This article, and all articles on this site, are © 2012 by Bill Bickel unless otherwise noted.
The complete details and the appeals court’s ruling are here, but this is the short version: At the time of arrest, the police seize a cell phone. They don’t take any incriminating information from the phone, just the phone number, and subsequently use the phone number to — strictly within … Continue reading
Canadian Supreme Court to Decide: Is It a Crime For an HIV Carrier Not to Disclose His Condition to a Sexual Partner?
Canada’s Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in two cases today, both involving whether it should be a crime not to tell your sexual partner that you’re HIV-positive. The arguments in favor of disclosing the information are too obvious to discuss. Those opposing the law — which is currently … Continue reading
Conventional wisdom today is that while the 9th US District Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling that Prop 8 (banning same-sex marriage) is significant, it has no real effect because the case will invariably go to the U.S. Supreme Court for a definitive decision. According to this Los Angeles Times article, … Continue reading
Gingrich has received a cease and desist order over his use of The Heavy’s song ”How You Like Me Now?” Apparently he hasn’t noticed a pattern yet. Or else his plan is, if he loses the nomination, to release his campaign’s soundtrack album. MoreJanuary 31, 2012: Newt Gingrich Sued For … Continue reading
The FCC today, responding to an appeal by Chicago’s WMAQ, ruled that Randall Terry does not qualify for unrestricted access under the Telecommunications Act: they agreed with the television station’s contention that Terry wasn’t a “serious” presidential candidate, adding both that Terry hadn’t fulfilled the requirements to be a write-in … Continue reading
“We remind the citizens of New York, especially those residing in New York City, to drive carefully through the great state of Tennessee, paying extra attention to our speed limits” -Tennessee House of Representatives Resolution 585, scheduled to come up for a vote this week Tennessee Woman Arrested For Trying … Continue reading
Both the tech world and civil rights organizations are a-buzz over an application under development for the upcoming Windows Phone 7: a GPS system that will offer walking directions from Point A to Point B — but rather than just provide the shortest or quickest route, it will factor in … Continue reading