Cop Cleans Out Wallet Of Unlicensed Hot Dog Vendor Just Because He Can | Techdirt

No job too small. That’s asset forfeiture for you. But small jobs are the safest jobs when it comes to the government keeping someone else’s property. Keeping the seizures small makes it less likely they’ll be challenged by those whose property was taken.The year-end totals may look impressive, but behind those totals are lots and lots of tiny cash grabs. In the cases where agencies’ forfeitures have been itemized and examined (which is a rarity — there’s a ton of opacity in forfeiture reporting), the largest number of forfeitures are for the smallest amounts, usually well under $1,000.Officers take what they can because they can. A video going viral on Twitter shows a California police officer rummaging through the wallet of an unlicensed street vendor and taking the vendor’s cash and debit card. A citation and a shutdown of the hot dog stand should have been enough. But it wasn’t. Officer Sean Aranas decided — with the only citation handed out during the football game — to take the man’s earnings.

Source: Cop Cleans Out Wallet Of Unlicensed Hot Dog Vendor Just Because He Can | Techdirt

California Blames Incarcerated Workers for Unsafe Conditions and Amputations


Injury logs generated by California Prison Industries Authority provide a rare window into the varied dangers that face inmate laborers.

Source: California Blames Incarcerated Workers for Unsafe Conditions and Amputations

Big Pharma Paid LGBT Groups and Others That Opposed California Drug-Price Ballot Measure


The measure would lower drug prices for state agencies. Big drug companies are so terrified, they’ve ponied up an astounding $109 million to fight it.

Source: Big Pharma Paid LGBT Groups and Others That Opposed California Drug-Price Ballot Measure

Arrest Warrant Issued For District Attorney Involved In DEA’s California Wiretap Warrant Mill | Techdirt

It’s not uncommon for Zellerbach to go missing when people need him. When Zellerbach ran the DA’s office, he was rarely there. The DEA found his office to be just as accommodating, with or without him, though. Although the DEA was supposed to run its wiretap warrant requests through federal judges and have them signed by the district attorney himself, it often found it easier to obtain a signature from whoever happened to be at the office and run them by Riverside County judge Helios Hernandez, who approved five times as many wiretap applications as any other judge in the US.The wiretap applications’ reach frequently exceeded their jurisdictional grasp, traveling far outside of Riverside County, California, to be deployed against suspects as far away as North Carolina. But that was only one issue with the warrants applications approved by Zellerbach’s office.

Source: Arrest Warrant Issued For District Attorney Involved In DEA’s California Wiretap Warrant Mill | Techdirt

Dad of student slain in Paris terror massacre sues Google, Twitter, Facebook for their ‘material support’ of ISIS • The Register

No tweets, no YouTube, no likes, no killings, court told

Source: Dad of student slain in Paris terror massacre sues Google, Twitter, Facebook for their ‘material support’ of ISIS • The Register

Police and Prison Guard Groups Fight Marijuana Legalization in California

Police and prison guard groups are terrified that they might lose some of the drug war money to which they have become so deeply addicted.

Source: Police and Prison Guard Groups Fight Marijuana Legalization in California

Filmmakers Ask “Pirate” to Take Polygraph, Backtrack When He Agrees – TorrentFreak

The makers of the Oscar-winning movie Dallas Buyers Club are displaying some dubious tactics in their ongoing crackdown on BitTorrent pirates. In California, the filmmakers recently asked an accused pirate to submit to a polygraph test, but changed their opinion after he agreed.

Source: Filmmakers Ask “Pirate” to Take Polygraph, Backtrack When He Agrees – TorrentFreak