Buying online to avoid state sales tax has been over-turned. I'm less concerned about the fact that people will have to pay the tax as I am on the burden of the seller to be responsible for collecting tax for every jurisdiction in the country. Actually, I don't know if it will apply to local sales tax as well, but this seems like a huge precedent towards that.

This is not a trivial matter. For nearly 15 years, I have been one of the sales tax "experts" in our IT department. We pay nearly $20,000/year to get tax data, updated monthly, for just the 5 states we do business in. It would be just stupid for us to have a person whose job it was to keep us up-to-date with every change that happens in every jurisdiction we deal with. This will be a big business opportunity for someone as every online seller who has managed to keep its shopping cart processing in-house will have to give in and farm out at least the tax portion of it.

South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. - Wikipedia
South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. was a United States Supreme Court case dealing with the nature of sales tax for purchases made over the Internet. The petitioner, the state of South Dakota, requested the Court abrogate the 1992 decision of Quill Corp. v. North Dakota, which reaffirmed that, under the Dormant Commerce Clause, states may not compel reta...

Hate speed traps and tickets? These people are fighting back.
by InstituteForJustice on YouTube

Law enforcement exists to protect and serve, not tax and spend. But things are different in the city of Doraville, Georgia, a 10,000 person suburb of Atlanta that has become notorious for its revenue-generating speed traps and housing code enforcement cases.

Each year, Doraville budgets between 17 and 30 percent of its overall expected revenue to come from fines and fees issued by its police officers and code inspectors. A 2015 Doraville newsletter bragged that “averaging nearly 15,000 cases and bringing in over $3 million annually,” Doraville’s court system “contributes heavily to the city’s bottom line.”

By putting fine revenue into its annual budget, Doraville creates a perverse incentive for police, prosecutors, and even its municipal court to police for profit, rather than seek justice and protect the health and safety of the city.

Drivers and homeowners know this perversion first hand. A report in a local newspaper found that Doraville issues tickets totaling more than $800 per resident annually, writing upwards of 40 tickets per day. Some residents have been threatened with probation or even jail time for simple code violations.

The Supreme Court has made it clear that it is unconstitutional for a justice system to be influenced by perverse incentives to raise municipal revenue. That’s why two Doraville homeowners and two Doraville drivers have partnered with the Institute for Justice to shut down Doraville’s unconstitutional practice of policing for profit.
New law: Kansas cops can't have sex during traffic stops

Gov. Jeff Colyer signs a law banning police from having sex with people they stop for traffic violations or investigate in criminal cases.
This is f* funny in so many ways. :-D
If you have ever been curious what it is like to be on the jury of a federal criminal case, you might find this interesting. I think this is the trial being talked about.

Free ThoughtsFree Thoughts wrote the following post Fri, 27 Apr 2018 00:15:00 -0400
Peter Van Doren Vs. MS-13
Peter Van Doren Vs. MS-13

Peter Van Doren joins us again to discuss his time on jury duty.
Why Are Cops Unaccountable? (with Jay Schweikert and Clark Neily)

Jay Schweikert and Clark Neily join us for a conversation on law enforcement and accountability. We also discuss qualified immunity and how technology is helping to combat police misconduct.
 law  podcast
I brought this feed channel back while I was at it.
It's sad that this country has become so nanny-statist that such a law is even required.

Utah’s ‘free-range parenting’ law said to be first in the nation


The bill redefines child neglect to exclude children of “sufficient age” walking to and from school, parks and shops.
 law  kids
  last edited: Mon, 02 Apr 2018 02:07:48 -0400  
So much of this is due to local crime news turning into national crime news (sensationalism sells!), giving the impression that things are getting more and more dangerous, while crime statistics show things are actually getting safer.

And here I am, believing that it is a Swedish problem now that Trump (I will refuse to call him mr but I will restrain from using a mean prefix) have appointed Sweden as a, what was it, chaotic country where people get shoot all the time or something like that.

Sure, we have shootings in Malmö due to organized crime more that we are used to, meaning several times a month. I think the shootings in one greater US city is much worse. Trump turned it into a problem related to the wave of refugees 2015, which is not really true.

Point is that the statement have really made more impressions that the statistics that shows that we are actually living in the most safe time of them all.

I sincerely hope that Trump is not running the country in general based on the kind of imagination he show on twitter as that would most likely ruin USA.
I don't know why they don't just give the kids guns to protect themselves.
I thought they did ;)
Top 6 reasons the law is "perverted" in this sexting case
Reason, on their blog, tells the entire story of Trey Sims, a 17-year-old who videoed himself “fondling his erect penis.” A warrant was issued, so he could be charged with child pornography. But there are six perversions in this sexting case…
WTF? :facepalm
I am speechless.
Does US have right to data on overseas servers? We’re about to find out

The Justice Department on Friday petitioned the US Supreme Court to step into an international legal thicket, one that asks whether US search warrants extend to data stored on foreign servers. The US government says it has the legal right, with a valid court warrant, to reach into the world's servers with the assistance of the tech sector, no matter where the data is stored.
The FBI Hacked Over 8,000 Computers In 120 Countries Based on One Warrant

In January, Motherboard reported on the FBI's “unprecedented” hacking operation, in which the agency, using a single warrant, deployed malware to over one thousand alleged visitors of a dark web child pornography site. Now, it has emerged that the campaign was actually an order of magnitude larger.

In all, the FBI obtained over 8,000 IP addresses, and hacked computers in 120 different countries, according to a transcript from a recent evidentiary hearing in a related case.

The figures illustrate the largest ever known law enforcement hacking campaign to date, and starkly demonstrate what the future of policing crime on the dark web may look like. This news comes as the US is preparing to usher in changes that would allow magistrate judges to authorize the mass hacking of computers, wherever in the world they may be located.
There's a link in that article to this one:

wherein (if you compare the two) it is shown that the US merely copied all the techniques (to the letter) of a similar investigation by Australian authorities a year or two earlier.
Pre-crime returns to America with new Airbnb law

On Friday afternoon, New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill making it illegal to advertise your home for short-term rent on websites like Airbnb.

The law specifically targets New York City homeowners in apartment buildings who advertise their properties, or even just a spare room in their homes, to rent for less than 30 days at a time.

It’s important to note that New York already passed a law a few years ago making it illegal to rent your home out to short-term tenants.

This new law makes it illegal to ADVERTISE… which is basically pre-crime.

Now you don’t even need to commit the egregiously criminal act of renting out your home to a nightly traveler.

Simply informing the public that you’re thinking about it is enough to get slammed with a major fine.

Violations carry a penalty of up to $7,500, dramatically higher than New York’s penalty for reckless driving (up to $300) and even higher than the fine for driving while intoxicated (between $500 and $5,000).
Clinton Is Above The Law, So The Law Is Dead

Write this down. Record the date. Remember it.

July 5, 2016. 11:15 a.m. One day after America’s 240th birthday.

When historians conduct their autopsy on Lady Justice, that will be the time of death. That is the precise moment when Justice drew her last labored breath, cursed our ridiculous country and our hopelessly corrupt government, and collapsed. Sure, she’d been in bad shape for a while, but there was no surviving the final blow. When it is explicitly announced and made public that the wealthiest and most elite and most liberal are indeed above the law, the charade of “law” cannot continue. There is no law. We are living under the rule of men, not of law. We are subject to the whims of petty tyrants and bureaucrats. They are subject to no one on Earth.