Oregon refuge occupiers plead not guilty as prosecutors say more people could be charged

Source – The Washington Post

PORTLAND — Less than two weeks after the armed occupation of an Oregon wildlife refuge ended, the FBI says they are done going through to check for explosives and any stragglers who may have stayed behind.

But even as the focus has shifted to the courtroom, with some of the people indicted for the occupation arraigned on Wednesday, authorities say that other people could soon be charged for the weeks-long takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

So far, 25 people have been indicted for the Oregon wildlife occupation — 16 of them earlier this month and another nine not long after. Some of these people have also separately been charged for the armed standoff at Cliven Bundy’s Nevada ranch in 2014. Continue reading “Oregon refuge occupiers plead not guilty as prosecutors say more people could be charged”

US District Court Rules “There is No First Amendment Right to Film the Police”

Source – The Free Thought Project

Philadelphia, PA — In an asinine blow to freedom of speech, U.S. District Judge Mark Kearney of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania issued a ruling Friday stating that citizens do not have a First Amendment right to record the police in public.

The ruling was based on the cases of Geraci v. City of Philadelphia and Fields v. City of Philadelphia. Both Geraci and Fields filed suit against the city of Philadelphia claiming their First and Fourth Amendment rights were violated when officers confiscated their cellphones after they filmed police or were barred from filming police. Continue reading “US District Court Rules “There is No First Amendment Right to Film the Police””