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Judge Violates Duty to Be Fair and Impartial


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Americans who follow the news have seen and heard much about Paul Manafort’s trial.  One of the remarkable takeaways from the trial was the judge’s conduct during the trial.  United States district judge Thomas Ellis II is a 78-year-old senior judge for the eastern district of Virginia appointed by President Ronald Reagan.  His courtroom demeanor is best summarized by what he said at one point: “I am a Caesar in my own Rome.”

Corruption in the Orange County District Attorney’s Office


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When Bethany Webb’s sister, Laura, was killed in a mass shooting in 2011, she couldn’t imagine things getting worse.  But then District Attorney Tony Rackauckas of Orange County, California, took the case.  In his determination to impose the death penalty over Webb’s objection, Rackauckas used jailhouse informants to elicit damning statements from the defendant, Scott Dekraai, while he was in jail.  These informant-defendant interactions violated the constitutional right to counsel since no one is allowed to interrogate defendants without their attorneys present.

Experience of Someone in the Corrupt Indiana Courts


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The following is the introduction I included in an appellate brief I am filing with the Court of Appeals in the State of Indiana.  My journey stems from a child custody evaluation for my divorce in the Indiana family court system.  On August 19, 2009, Dearborn County Circuit Judge Humphrey stripped me of the ability to see my three- and five-year-old daughters claiming, “The Court is most concerned about [Brewington’s] irrational behavior toward Dr. Connor.”  There were no restraining orders or police reports.  No calls to social services. Nothing.

Legislating from the Bench, Selective Enforcement, and Weaponizing of Law


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Article 1, Section 10, Clause 1 and Article 1, Section 9, Clause 3 of the United States Constitution prohibit the enacting of ex post facto laws.  Laws of this type are the kind that are made after an event has already taken place that was legal at the time of its occurrence, but was then retroactively made illegal afterwards for the purpose of exacting simple retribution against the actors.

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:

Lawsuit Alleges Emoluments Clause Violations by President Trump


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I think it’s safe to say that most everyone would agree that we have never had a president in our history like President Trump. Beyond his lack of political correctness, the United States has not had a president who has an international business empire like him. Moreover, it has been many decades since someone with no political experience has been put in the Oval Office. Several leading legal scholars have recently filed a lawsuit that claims payments by foreign powers to President Trump’s companies violate the Title of Nobility Clause, commonly known as the Foreign Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The suit alleges that Trump’s business interests create countless conflicts of interest, as well as unprecedented influence by foreign governments.

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