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Free Speech Is Sometimes Expensive

by Ed Lyon

Jon Goldsmith of Montgomery County, Iowa, attended a summer festival last year in adjoining Adams County. He witnessed police misconduct there so outrageous he felt he had to make the public aware of it. Unfortunately for him, the police did not agree with his colorful expressions on ...

New York City Cops Can Always Tell by Just the Smell

by Ed Lyon

As far as marijuana is concerned, the New York City Police Department (“NYPD”) has little need for a canine corps. The city’s two-legged, blue-clad human-type cops seem to have the best olfactory sense in the world for detecting “the odor of marijuana.” At least, that is what ...

Law Crazy, Government’s Insatiable Desire to Criminalize All Facets of Life

by Ed Lyon 

As societal standards continue to evolve, devolve, and change for better or worse, legislatures continue to enact laws to prohibit illegal acts and protect people. New technology always opens opportunities for improvement, as well as attendant avenues for less-than-stellar individuals to take advantage of law-abiding citizens. ...

Big Brother, Big Business, Big Law Enforcement

by Ed Lyon 

The word ring has traditionally been used as a verb to describe what a bell does, whether it is mounted on a steeple or on the wall inside a residence. A product innovation by Amazon converts it to a trade name: Ring™. 

The home security ...

Ex-Felons’ Rights Expanding to Include Jury Duty

by Ed Lyon

At present, it is believed that close to 20 million U.S. citizens are convicted felons. One of the many rights these citizens lost at conviction was jury service in federal courts. Twenty-seven states prohibit exes from jury service. Meanwhile, there are 22 states that do allow ex-felons ...

Safe Interactions Between Police and Citizens

by Ed Lyon 

Human nature being what it is, since the need for an organized law enforcement body arose, police have generally been a necessary evil.

Judging from the seemingly countless articles detailing officer misconduct in Prison Legal News and Criminal Legal News, police seem to be ...

Study: Brazen Cops Posting Racist, Vitriolic Comments on the Internet

by Ed Lyon

There is a time-worn, yet usually quite-accurate saying that states: “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.” Thanks in great part to Philadelphia attorney Emily Baker-White’s efforts as leader of The Plain View Project (“PVP”), a national study of cops’ social media posts, that old adage has taken on ...

Whether State or Federal, Most Convictions Are Overwhelmingly Based on Guilty Pleas

by Ed Lyon

Readers of Criminal Legal News and Prison Legal News are familiar with the fact that criminal convictions occur mostly as a result of guilty or no-contest pleas.

A recently released report by the Pew Research Center confirms a steady erosion of citizens asserting their right to a ...

Video Bail Hearings Violate Rights in Many Ways

by Ed Lyon

Television crime dramas really do reflect reality when they show that one of the first things that occurs in an arrestee’s life is an arraignment. It is at this proceeding a judge hears whatever evidence the government’s and arrestee’s attorneys present, along with their arguments for a ...

Massive Outing of Nationwide Instances of Police Misconduct Revealed

by Ed Lyon

As reports of police abusing and even murdering citizens continues to rise over the years, databases of their misdeeds are emerging all over the U.S. These databases provide citizens with a great deal of transparency into these crimes that were formerly shrouded in secrecy by police departments, ...



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