How Free Is Your Speech?

The interim chief of police of Columbia, South Carolina, Ruben Santiago, believes you should not be allowed to criticize his department.  If you do, you may be subjected to punitive police harassment. Citizen Brandon Whitmer had the temerity to post a comment critical of the police’s recent bust of a marijuana user and suggested that police resources might be better … Read More

Do NOT Clench Your Butt During A Police Encounter

don't clench your butt

This is a piece of advice we never thought we would have to give.  In addition to the many other things you must consider during an encounter with the police, now you must consider the tension of your butt.  Earlier this year in New Mexico, a man was pulled over for allegedly failing to make a complete stop at a … Read More

Texas Judge Resigns After She Is Caught Texting Directions To Prosecution During A Trial

I first ready this story on  It was so unbelievable that I had to look a little further and yes, this story is true.  Judge Elizabeth E. Coker engaged in inappropriate, unethical ex-parte communication with the prosecution during a criminal trial.  Ex-parte means literally “from one party.”  In other words, the judge communicated only to the prosecution, and not … Read More

Can You Simply Remain Silent When Questioned By The Police? NO!

You MUST INVOKE your right to remain silent. On June 17, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States decided Salinas v. Texas, which held that a criminal defendant who failed to invoke his right to remain silent waived that right. As a result, at the defendant’s murder trial his silence was used as evidence of guilt. Among other things, … Read More