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  • May 14th, 2019 @ 6:58am

    Re: Re: Re:

    This is what I was concerned about... but... do I have a right to insist that the blood sample be taken at a hospital? Or, once the cop has a warrant, do I lose the ability to demand that?

    I find it extremely objectionable that an officer might be allowed to perform a medical procedure such as a blood draw without my consent... I would not have a problem with it being done at a hospital as long as multiple samples were taken and kept in escrow so that I could defend myself against a contaminated sample...

  • Feb 9th, 2018 @ 12:55pm

    An example of why we need this legislation

    Hey, nothing that everybody else hasn't experienced, but my son's iPhone 5s camera died. He took it to an Apple store. Waited 2 hours for a "genius" to have the time to talk to him. Was told it was Apple's policy not to repair those and that he needed a new phone.

    He checked at a different Apple store just to be sure, same thing. So it's really Apple's policy.

    He went to a 3rd party repair place and got it fixed for $50.

    We need the Right To Repair laws so that 3rd parties can provide these sorts of services. Apple certainly is a long way down the road to Evil. Obligatory "if Steve was alive" comment suppressed.

  • Oct 23rd, 2017 @ 5:40am

    Re: Re: The difference between freedom and jail

    Thank you, I was wondering why this wasn't addressed in the article. It DOES seem like a fishing expedition.

  • Jul 16th, 2017 @ 6:57am

    are there any regulations about the amount or style of makeup you can wear?


  • Jan 12th, 2017 @ 11:33am

    Shiva Ayyadurai's Lawsuit

    Mike, just contributed via Techdirt Insider Shop. Please kick Shiva Ayyadurai's butt for all of us.

    -- PC

  • May 12th, 2016 @ 7:35am


    I agree, if the people in the best position to call out inconvenient truths can be muzzled, it's a great way to control the voters.

    It should be a human right for scientists to make these statements whether that aligns with the current government's position or not, whether the scientist is funded by the government or not.

    We truly are living in bizzaro land.

  • May 7th, 2016 @ 5:06am

    Re: Re: Warrant canary

    So, what crime would be committed if a person/company was directed not to trigger the warrant canary but did so anyway? What's the possible penalty? And would the government really want multiple cases like that to go to trial?

    Having grown up during the 60s I guess I wonder whether the correct response to these gag attempts (NSL etc) is to ignore them, and then fight them in court? If nothing else it would help to make the issue visible to the common man.

    And really, do we believe the right to tell the truth would not be upheld eventually by the Supreme Court? And, if the answer is no... then I think we've passed the point of no return.

  • Apr 19th, 2016 @ 8:56am

    Re: Re: Settlement

    They are sure to go free. Criminal cases are prosecuted by the state attorney who has no interest in having police officers on his conviction record (really bad career move). So plaintiffs can just sue for recompensation, and that's routinely paid by the taxpayer for violations committed "in the course of duty".

    If towns & cities are going to continue to pay for police officers misconduct, rather than solve the problem with their police forces, judgements need to become large enough to have a deterrent effect. A small town getting a 20 million dollar penalty, or a city getting a 100 million dollar penalty might start to get citizens proactive to make sure their police force isn't raping the citizens.

    Or perhaps a big enough judgement would convince prosecutors to start prosecuting cops who do stuff like this.

    Otherwise, I'm afraid to say, the only solution will be for citizens to start taking punishment of the cops into their own hands. If the judicial system doesn't want that to happen, they need to stop this sort of cop crime now.