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Jail Time for Late Library Books

Written by Gary North on June 29, 2012

This story is all over the Internet. A mother of five was arrested, handcuffed, and sent to jail by the police in Albuquerque for not paying $36 in late fees to the local library. Her lawyer says that the overdue notice — an arrest notice — was sent to her at an old address — […]

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Making Child Spanking a Crime: Two Years in Prison

Written by Gary North on June 28, 2012

The state Senate in Delaware has passed a bill that criminalizes spanking. The bill has been sent to the House. It is Senate Bill 234, The bill is sponsored by the Senate Majority Leader. It defines “physical injury” in child abuse as inflicting pain. According to a new report from the Home School Legal Defense […]

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Cops Must Personally Pay Restitution to a Victim

Written by Gary North on June 27, 2012

Once in a while, justice is upheld. A pair of New York policemen arrested a teenager, forced him to take off half his clothes, kicked him, and and dumped him in a swamp. Then they drove away. Does this seem excessive to you? It didn’t to them. They have pled guilty. Each of them must […]

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Turn in a Gun, Get a $100 Gift Card — Chicago

Written by Gary North on June 22, 2012

During the first six month of 2012, the Windy City has suffered 228 homicides. It has stiff laws against gun ownership. This has disarmed law-abiding citizens, leaving them at the mercy of flash mobs and gangs. Nationally, crime rates are dropping. But not in Chicago, where the city offers a $100 gift certificate to anyone […]

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8-Year Sentence: Convicted in Absentia

Written by Gary North on June 21, 2012

The U.S. Supreme Court has let stand a South Carolina conviction of a man who was tried in absentia. The man will serve 8 years. The defendant, William Fairly, was convicted by a jury of his peers for obtaining money under false pretenses. The jury made the decision in 30 minutes. It was an open-and-shut […]

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Dueling Bureaucracies: The Story of an Ex-Con Non-Barber

Written by Gary North on June 18, 2012

Basic to any accurate understanding of bureaucracy is this: there is no way to coordinate separate bureaucracies. So, when one bureaucracy pursues a goal, another bureaucracy threatens it. A recent case of dueling bureaucracies was a Texas convict who was trained inside the prison to be a barber. This is one of the best jobs […]

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