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Stupid Government Trick: Fining an Engineer for Doing Math

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Be careful if you are doing math in Oregon without an engineering license . . . even if you are an engineer.  Or you may be fined by the Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying.

That is what happened to Mats Järlström.  After his wife got a ticket issued because of a red light camera violation, Mr. Järlström did a study of yellow lights at intersections with red light cameras.

Thoughts on the Legal System and Two Books

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Controlling the Purchased
Virtue is 90% of Treason/Ethics are What the Other Side Uses

 

America chose Trump for his pragmatism.  It hoped his ability to make market decisions about policy and his unilateral, executive management style could return us to 1968.  But what about belief?  Every executive initiative is not about market behavior.  What about non-utilitarian notions of right and wrong?  What about ethical and moral identities which precede policy and call for stability?

Corruption of the Judiciary: Where Do We Go for Help?

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Since posting my article on the current condition of our judicial system, I have received numerous emails and phone calls from individuals across the country.  Based on these continuing communications, I have concluded that the average citizen is in far more danger stepping into a courtroom of any kind than from any commonly recognized criminal activity on the street.  At least with a street criminal you stand a chance of defending yourself.

Campaign for Liberty Joins Rand Paul to Oppose Civil Asset Theft

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Campaign for Liberty is proud to support Senator Rand Paul's Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration (FAIR) Act (S. 642). The bill restores Fifth Amendment due process protections to the process of civil asset forfeiture theft. The bill has been introduced in the House by Representative Tim Walberg (MI-07) and is HR 155.
For more details on the bill see here and below:

Trust in the Legal System at an All-Time Low

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Recent polls confirm that public confidence in legal institutions and lawyers is at historic lows. Gallup’s June 2016 poll indicates that only 36 percent of Americans have a "great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in the Supreme Court; and only 23 percent feel that way about the criminal justice system. How do lawyers fare? Only 15 percent of the public has a high degree of confidence in them. The question is where do we go from here and how can public faith in lawyers and the legal system be restored? The simple answer is that it is not going to be a quick or easy fix, but we offer ten thought-provoking solutions below.

Why More Falsely Accused People Are Being Exonerated Than Ever Before

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For the third year in a row, the number of exonerations in the United States has hit a record high. A total of 166 wrongly convicted people whose convictions date as far back as 1964 were declared innocent in 2016, according to a report from the National Registry of Exonerations released Tuesday. On average, there are now over three exonerations per week—more than double the rate in 2011. The number of exonerations has generally increased since 1989, the first year in the National Registry’s database. There are 2,000 individual exonerations listed in the registry as of March 6.

U.S. District Court Judge Believes Detective Should Not Be Liable for Fabricating Evidence

Clyde Spencer appeals from the judgment of U.S. District Court Judge Benjamin Settle who overruled a jury verdict in Spencer’s favor following a seventeen-day jury trial in his 42 U.S.C. § 1983 action. Spencer spent nearly two decades in jail until his criminal conviction was vacated because Clark County police officer, Sharon Krause, fabricated evidence to gain Spencer’s conviction.

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