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  • Frisky Business

    Frisky Business
    Early last year, the U.S. Supreme Court elevated the legal status of drug-detecting dogs, ruling that a police search can be presumed lawful if it is predicated on a positive alert by a well-trained dog with basic paperwork. Such training, though, is bunk if not accompanied by valid certification of the dog and its handler. Not only was it lacking in an ongoing drug-money forfeiture case in Maryland U.S. District Court, in which the government is seeking to keep $122,640 in cash seized last September from a passenger’s luggage at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, but a fraudulent certification was produced by Maryland Transportation Authority Police (MTAP) and used by federal prosecutors, who sought to disguise and downplay the document’s false provenance, according to a Baltimore attorney’s recent filing in the case.
  • THE CASE AGAINST 8

    THE CASE AGAINST 8
    The Case Against 8 has an advantage over a lot of documentaries in that it was filmed while the outcome of its story was still very much in doubt. Following the developments of Proposition 8—the California referendum that banned same-sex marriage in...

    Ten Years Ago in City Paper: Dec. 27, 2010

    The feature is Lee Gardner on the first murder of 2000. In Mobtown Beat, Brennen Jensen reports on a delay in the redevelopment of the Mayfair Theater. Tom Chalkley's Media Circus examines the media's take on the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Bush v....

    Insanity and its Malcontents

    I keep doing the same basic post over and over, hoping something will change. I know what that makes me, so this is one of the last posts I'm going to do in this blog (though you can still find me over here occasionally). It's had a reasonably good run,...

    The Atlantic Monthly Goes Galt to a Fault

    Finally got around to "The Rise of the New Global Elite," Chrystia Freeland's telling profile of the Asshole Class in the January/February Atlantic Monthly. It's hard to fault Freeland's prose, given that (as the former "superstar" editor of the Financial...