Wednesday, June 30th, 2010
- It’s worth noting that included in this map of states where there are documented cases of police departments conducting illegal surveillance of people or groups for exercising their First Amendment rights are Maryland, Illinois, and Massachusetts, the three states that have been most aggressive about arresting civilians for recording police officers.
- Toronto police put “weapons on the table” to illustrate the threat posed by G20 protesters. Problem is, some of what was on the table weren’t weapons, and others were weapons seized in unrelated busts. Note: This is not to suggest that some of the protesters weren’t actual violent, property-destroying douchebags. From what I’ve seen, there was plenty of that, too.
- Vatican admonishes a cardinal who helped expose sex abuse scandals.
- Mary Beth Buchanan criticized for improper travel expenses during her time as U.S. Attorney. She had better hope the new U.S. Attorney is more lenient with her than she was with, say, Cyril Wecht.
- Marijuana legalization will be on California’s November ballot. Regardless of how it fares (and I’m afraid it’s going to fail), if you grew up in the 80s as I did, this represents a pretty incredible marker of how far the debate has come.