Monthly Archives: August 2014


Protecting The Free Speech of Censors: The Crystal Cox Saga

This is how the rule of law works: we extend rights to the very people who would deny us those rights if they had the chance. Ariel Castro imprisoned young women in his basement without anything resembling due process, but he got a lawyer and his days in court until he thoughtfully offed himself. We protected the Nazis’ right to march at Skokie, and say what you want about the tenets of National Socialism, dude, but it doesn’t protect the

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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Renewal Process

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a stakeholder teleconference on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. (Eastern) to discuss the DACA renewal process. On June 5, 2014, USCIS announced a DACA renewal process and published a revised Form I-821D that individuals must use to request both renewal and initial DACA. During the teleconference, USCIS officials will share information about the DACA renewal process as well as answer your general questions. To Join

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Cops are NOT your friends

You are walking down the sidewalk when you approach a police officer. The officer says hello to you and asks you if it is going to rain. What just happened? That police officer just broke federal law. A police officer has to have just cause to speak to ANYONE. In layman’s terms, that means he has to have a good reason to disturb YOUR peace. Get it? The weather is not a good enough reason. Neither is being polite. All

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Terminating Removal Proceedings

Terminating Removal Proceedings After I-130, I-360, and other Petition Approvals for USCIS Adjustment Let’s say you are in removal proceedings due to an overstay. Maybe you have an asylum application with the immigration court, or a cancellation of removal application, and during proceedings you got married to a US Citizen, or are the beneficiary of another I-130 petition, or even an I-360 self-petition. And let’s say you are not otherwise inadmissible – no criminal record that would disqualify you from

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ACLU releases Android app that secretly videos police

Police Tape prevents officers from deleting video shot during police stops. The New Jersey chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has released an Android app that surreptitiously records police stops and sends the videos to legal watchdogs for review. The advent of Police Tape is designed to counter a practice an increasing number of civilians have encountered over the past few years: those who videotape or photograph police officers performing routine stops and other official acts are frequently arrested

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Police beating of woman goes viral

  “This is not just jabs, they are hooks. Those are lights-out punches. Those aren’t like taps. You see it, you heard it. It was like ‘thump, thump, thump’ and then you see her head bouncing ‘bam, bam’ on the concrete. Then you hear her screaming, ‘No, don’t, stop.’ Then you even—at the end where she has her hands up like this—when it’s clear there is no more resistance, he takes another four or five shots.” That’s how motorist David

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Judge affirms probationer has a right to tape police officer in her home

Judge: When police search a home, recording their actions is even more important. In a statement of findings and recommendations filed last week, a US Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of California affirmed that a woman on searchable probation had the right to videotape three officers who came to her home to search it. In February 2011, plaintiff Mary Crago was visited by three police officers, including defendant Officer Kenneth Leonard. Leonard was working on the Sacramento Police Department’s

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Court upholds “First Amendment” right to film police

This ruling is one of many nationwide supporting right to record police. A federal appeals court has ruled that the public has the right to film cops in public and has reinstated a lawsuit against a local New Hampshire police department brought by a woman arrested for filming a traffic stop. The plaintiff in the case, Carla Gericke, was arrested on wiretapping allegations in 2010 for filming her friend being pulled over by the Weare Police Department during a late-night

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Bona Fide Marriage Exemption

Non-citizens who marry U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents while in removal proceedings must show by clear and convincing evidence that the marriage was entered into in good faith. INA § 245(e)(3). What is commonly called, “the bona fide marriage exemption” must be requested in writing and submitted with Form I-130. 8 C.F.R. § 204.2(a)(1)(iii)(A).The request must state the reason for seeking the exemption, and must be supported by documentary evidence establishing eligibility for the exemption. Id. A sentence in

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