Pastor Jailed for Invoking God’s Wrath to get Bail

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A community activist who ran for Congress from prison, where he had been sent for warning that a judge could be tortured by God, can post bond while he appeals his conviction, an appeals court has ruled.

After being convicted and sentenced to probation in 2007 for paying people to vote in a Benton Harbor recall election, Edward Pinkney wrote an article in a small Chicago newspaper saying the judge who handled the case could be punished by God with curses, fever and “extreme burning” unless he changed his ways.

Another judge considered the article a threat and sentenced Pinkney to three to 10 years in prison for violating his probation. Pinkney, who says he’s a Baptist minister, and his attorneys say he was only paraphrasing some Bible verses from the book of Deuteronomy.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed an appeal, saying his comments were protected under the First Amendment and that he was wrongly imprisoned. It also urged the Michigan Court of Appeals to release Pinkney on bond while the court considers the appeal of his sentence. Continue reading

Flint, Michigan Outlaws Sagging, THANK GOD!

They need to make this a national referendum, send the National Guard into Harlem and spareĀ  us from seeing grown men with their ass out. I wanna see some rapper on the picket lines protesting this one (LMAO)

via RealTalk

Saggers unite: The ACLU wants to talk to you about possibly being part of the first lawsuit of its kind nationally.

Flint Police Chief David Dicks has said he will not back down from his policy of filing disorderly conduct or indecent exposure charges against those whose saggy pants allow too much underwear or their bottoms to show on city streets (see diagram, below).

In response, the American Civil Liberties Union’s Michigan chapter told the Free Press on Monday that it is now looking for targets of the policy to talk with the organization. Continue reading

TSA Puts Millionth Name on Terrorist Watch List

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The ACLU is reporting the millionth name has been added to the Government’s Terrorist Watch List. This is the list the TSA maintains to monitor who is boarding planes to peruse the friendly skies. There is no indication as to what criteria goes into determining what qualifies you for this list or even if the ACLU has access to it but the figure is eerie nonetheless. First the government is illegally spying on its citizens, tapping their phones, then they turn around and put them on terrorist lists, what’s next?

Groups Sue Government for Info on Cellphone Tapping

via Washington Post

Two civil liberties groups filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government yesterday, seeking records related to the government’s use of cellphones as tracking devices.

The American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation sued the government in federal court in Washington under the Freedom of Information Act. Last November, the ACLU had filed a FOIA request with the Justice Department for documents, memos and guides regarding the policies for tracking people through the use of their cellphones.

The groups also want to know how many times the government sought location information without first establishing probable cause that a crime was taking place.
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