Vonte Skinner has been in jail for almost ten years. In a way, the fact that he's been locked up so long is a testament to the power of his own words; it's also, as the New Jersey Supreme Court wrote today, a complete injustice.
New York is a big city, too big for one lowly news blogger to keep tabs on all by himself. That's why you, dear reader, should send us your tips! See something crooked going on in your neighborhood? Know of any exciting civic projects or changes going on? Following any issue in your community you'd ... More >>
Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly delivered a press conference at City Hall this afternoon, revealing information about the Boston bombers' plans to come to New York City. Upon earlier information and belief, Dzhokar Tsarnaev said he had planned to come to New York to "party," but Bl ... More >>
Today, the Supreme Court will begin hearings on the cases pending constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act and Prop 8. It is the first legal step in a process that will end in June, when the Nine is expected to release its opinion to the public - one that could have drastic effects on the ri ... More >>
Edith Windsor, the octogenarian lesbian widow who successfully sued the federal government for over chariging her $363,000 in estate taxes, wants to take her case to the Supreme Court. According to a press release from the New York Civil Liberties Union, which is representing Windsor along with the ... More >>
Big brother just got a little bigger...Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders announced yesterday their agreement on a bill that would allow authorities to obtain the DNA of anyone convicted of a felony or a penal law misdemeanor and put it in a DNA databank that law enforcement officials ... More >>
Michael Cunningham was fired from his job at the New York Department of Labor in August 2010 after working for the state for 30 years. The D.O.L. suspected Cunningham of committing time-sheet violations and once they accrued enough evidence to confirm their suspensions they terminated his emp ... More >>
In an attempt to keep pervs from photographing and videotaping kids, New Jersey lawmakers are considering a bill that would make it a third-degree crime -- with a maximum of three to five years in prison -- to take a picture of or videotape children when "a reasonable parent or guardian would ... More >>
Three years ago this week, an intoxicated famous chick showed up at the apartment of a 26-year-old Brooklynite and ended up spending the night in his bed. Here's his story--and photos--of his escapade with this famous hot poontang, yo.
Lame-duck governor's inspiring words in defense of liberty
New York cops are accustomed to the stop-and-frisk, a casual maneuver in which they detain a citizen on the street, pat him down, and tell him to getouttahere or arrest him. Now, in a pilot program affecting Harlem, the South Bronx and East New York, they also issue their victims a palm card (in sev ... More >>
The growing trend of prosecutors bringing child pornography charges against minors for posting nude pictures of themselves online gets noticed by the Daily News, which covers one such prosecution of a 14-year-old in Jersey. The case is notable for being the first one such to involve MySpace, and for ... More >>
Bookshelf, St. Luke's Thrift Shop, West Village. As the Depression birthed Monopoly, so the credit crisis has birthed Crunch: The Game for Utter Bankers. Use your Too Big To Fail card! Gay sixth-grade teacher invites students to his commitment ceremony. Jesus freaks go nuts. One asks what would ... More >>
Congressman and mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner stepped up his game this weekend. On Saturday he put out a release complaining that there are "109 Sex Offenders Living within 10 Blocks" of local YMCAs, YWCAs, YMHAs and YWHAs. His proposed solution is $100 million in federal funds for GPS tracking t ... More >>
Thanks to Bush and Obama, the National Security Agency now knows more about you
So why are they stocking up on stun guns?
Civil libertarians battle a city DNA database the hard way
As our civil liberties disappear, where are the Democrats?
From this gentleman's blog. DOWN IN FRONT by Rob Harvilla A story in which the (Guitar) Hero fingers a plastic axe and tries to crush his enemies. The results are inconclusive. LOUISIANA REPORT by Larry Blumenfeld Second-line parades are endangered in New Orleans. ACLU to the rescue. CRED SHEET ... More >>
Will the Supreme Court hold high the banner 'Bong Hits 4 Jesus,' or crush free speech?
Helping kids coexist with the police
Extra prison time for what Nicholas Minucci said during physical assault with a bat
Rice defends renditions, except for maybe the accidental ones
U.S. Senate proves as disdainful of the Constitution as George W. Bush. Be forewarned.
Privacy rights may disappear if a new Senate Intelligence Committee bill passes
Secretary of Defense sued for torture while media cover Michael Jackson trial
The fearsome attorney general is leaving, but his legacy, and the resistance, remain
The spread of racial profiling since 9-11
Classified FBI Bulletin Reveals Tactics at Protests
'Civil Liberty Is Why We Have This Country'
A New Federal Law Could Spoil Your Summer Fun
Only One Jewish Group Versus Ashcroft
Reviving Left Influence in a Time of Rampant Reaction
Government Gives No Information on Detainees
The Changed Lives of Arabs in the U.S.And What a Declaration of War Would Really Mean
The New Thought Police Don't Care What You DoOnly What You Imagine
Feds Steal the Fun From Nightlife
Witnesses Say Cops Shot People in the Back; ACLU to Sue
Dispirited Protesters Trudge Through L.A.
French Law Stifles Web Publishers
Battling the Forces of Collective Panic
E-Commerce Stimulates the Vibrator Market
Federalizing Hate Crimes Will Increase Double Jeopardy