Sunday Links

Sunday, July 17th, 2011
  • Three members of Kansas City SWAT team indicted on federal conspiracy charges.
  • Jogger arrested for warning motorists of a speed trap.
  • Video of police in California detaining a man who is not violating the state’s open carry law.
  • Alabama allows judges to override jury sentences in death penalty cases. Study shows that 92 percent of overrides are when judges impose a death sentence over the wishes of a jury.
  • Yes, it’s true. If the government monitors you for every minute of every day, there’s a good chance that if you’re ever falsely accused of a crime, footage from government cameras could get you off the hook. This is not a persuasive argument in favor of government monitoring you every minute of every day.
  • Adam Mueller and Pete Eyre go on trial tomorrow in Greenfield, Massachusetts. They’re charged with felony wiretapping for openly recording at a police station.

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55 Responses to “Sunday Links”

  1. #1 |  Juice | 


    It’s easy.

    If conviction makes them money, then the burden is on the defendant.

    If the conviction costs them money, then the burden in on the prosecution.

  2. #2 |  DarkEFang | 

    #42 Windy –

    “DarkEFang, an Xbox costs from $200 to $500 depending on the system, you might be able to find one for less during a “special offer” or second hand.”

    That’s what an Xbox 360 costs. The story says Xbox.

  3. #3 |  DarkEFang | 

    #44 Croaker –

    “@41 If cops are this useless, why are we taxpayers shelling out for them?”

    What with all the major crimes, like people possessing half an ounce of marijuana and paying for sex, there aren’t resources for anything else.

  4. #4 |  TGGP | 

    The SF cameras are in public places. You could also have witnesses in public places. As both the article and Balko himself have noted, camera footage is a lot more reliable than eye-witness testimony. The reform that’s needed is for camera footage to be freely accessible online without having to make any request. Maybe they could bill you for it to avoid taking up too much resources, but that would be an ideal situation.

  5. #5 |  Leon Wolfeson | 

    TGGP – Read _The Transparent Society_ by David Brin.