Local police in Florida are essentially conspiring with the US Marshal’s Service to keep details related to their use of cell phone tracking devices in criminal investigations secret, according to internal emails from the Sarasota Police Department released to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday June 20, 2014 8:52 am|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday June 18, 2014 10:22 am|
A city circuit judge dismissed a lawsuit seeking applications to the Florida state court and the state court’s orders approving the use of “StingRay” devices capable of surveillance of entire communities. But the judge did not resolve the issue of the United States Marshal’s Service seizing copies of records from the Sarasota Police Department so the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) would not be able to get them.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday June 17, 2014 9:14 am|
The state of Florida took a very small step towards marijuana reform on Monday when governor Rick Scott (R) signed into law Senate Bills 1030 and 1700. The former will allow only the use of marijuana extracts low in THC but high in cannabidiol (CBD), like the strain Charollete’s Web, featured last year in a CNN documentary. Senate Bill 1700 will protect the information of patients who take part in the program.
|By: Jane Hamsher Wednesday June 11, 2014 9:20 am|
Sheldon Adelson, billionare Las Vegas mogul and veteran of the Scissor Sheldon campaign, has decided to take a stand against medical marijuana in Florida — an issue that has 70% support among likely Florida voters in the November election.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday June 3, 2014 3:05 pm|
US marshals in Florida seized copies of local cell phone tracking records from the Sarasota Police Department, which the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) chapter in the state had requested. The extraordinarily brazen act was a clear violation of public records law. And the ACLU quickly pushed for a temporary injunction from a judge to stop this from happening again.
The ACLU chapter was seeking records on police use of “Stingray” surveillance devices, which can be used to locate cell phone by acting a like a fake cellphone tower. The technology enables the “electronic equivalent of dragnet ‘general searches’ prohibited by the Fourth Amendment,” the ACLU argues.
|By: Attaturk Monday May 19, 2014 1:30 am|
One story that sums up how modern ‘Murica solves its problems (I mean “doesn’t”).
|By: Jon Walker Monday May 5, 2014 2:11 pm|
For the first time in their polling Quinnipiac found a majority of voters in Florida think marijuana should be legal. Among registered voters in Florida, 53 percent support making it legal for adults to possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use while only 42 percent oppose legalization.
|By: Peter Van Buren Tuesday April 22, 2014 8:02 am|
The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to hear an appeal by Florida Governor, Republican and presidential-candidate wannabe Rick Scott. Scott, since 2011, has been trying to mandate random drug tests for some 85,000 state workers because, yeah, drugs are bad or something. Scott’s executive order did not apply only to employees, such as drivers or pilots, whose duties might in fact be severely affected by drug use. Everybody, from receptionists to scuba divers, would be subject. By refusing to reopen the case, the Supreme Court agreed that Scott’s order was so broad as to violate Constitutional protections against unwarranted search and seizure.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday March 25, 2014 5:20 pm|
More and more local law enforcement agencies in the United States are manipulating or abusing public records request laws in order to conceal whether they are using “Stingray” surveillance technology to collect data for law enforcement activities, even going so far as to pretend that records do not even exist.
|By: Sara Haile-Mariam Monday March 10, 2014 6:30 pm|
Rapper Jasiri X has a new video out that addresses the controversy surrounding the case of Marissa Alexander and the State of Florida’s seemingly backwards enforcement of the contentious Stand Your Ground Laws which came into prominence during the George Zimmerman trial.