Fired Cop’s Attorney Argues His Client Is Being Punished Unfairly Because The Public Got To See His Misconduct | Techdirt

Payne argued, after being fired for violating department blood draw policies (and for violating a Supreme Court decision, but Payne isn’t expected to know the laws directly affecting his position on the PD’s blood draw team), he arrested Wubbels because he “didn’t want to create a scene” in the emergency room. If he hadn’t arrested her, or demanded she violate both the law and hospital policy, there would have been no scene to be concerned about.Instead, Payne thought he could intimidate his way through this. Now he’s out of a job and attempting to sue his way back in. (Side note: Payne also lost his moonlighting gig as a paramedic as the body cam footage also caught him saying he would start routing “good patients” to another hospital and bring Wubbels’ ER “transients.”)His lawyer is making a hell of an argument: Payne was unfairly fired because the public saw him violating department policies.

Source: Fired Cop’s Attorney Argues His Client Is Being Punished Unfairly Because The Public Got To See His Misconduct | Techdirt

Recordings Capture Brutal FBI Tactics to Recruit a Potential Informant


A bailiff pushed Jabar Ali Refaie’s wheelchair into a federal courtroom in Tampa, Florida, on September 20. Dressed in an orange jumpsuit and looking weak from not having had the drugs he takes to treat his multiple sclerosis, the 37-year-old Refaie was here for a bond hearing after being indicted on felony charges that allege he sold counterfeit BMW logos and diagnostic software on eBay.

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Sheriff, Deputies Indicted After Subjecting Entire High School To Invasive Pat Downs | Techdirt

Earlier this year, the Worth County (GA) Sheriff’s Department enraged an entire nation by subjecting the entire student body of a local high school to invasive pat downs. The reason for these searches? Sheriff Jeff Hobby believed drugs would be found on campus.

A south Georgia grand jury indicted Worth County Sheriff Jeff Hobby on Tuesday for sexual battery, false imprisonment and violation of oath of office after he ordered a school-wide search of hundreds of high school students. Deputies allegedly touched girls vaginas and breasts and groped boys in their groin area during the search at the Worth County High School April 14.Two of Hobby’s deputies were also indicted Tuesday in connection with the case.”

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The U.S. Voted Against a U.N. Resolution Condemning Death Penalty for LGBTQ People


The U.N. floated a resolution banning the use of the death penalty to punish homosexuality. The Trump administration voted “no.”

Source: The U.S. Voted Against a U.N. Resolution Condemning Death Penalty for LGBTQ People

Lindsey Graham on Obamacare Repeal: I Had No Idea What I Was Doing


SENATE DEMOCRATS AND their progressive allies spent the last week-and-a-half in a full-blown mobilization against an existential threat to the Affordable Care Act.Now that it has fizzled out, the lead author of the measure, known as the Graham-Cassidy bill, has an admission to make: He had no clue what he was doing.“It’s been the most amazing journey of my life. I’ve taken the eye off the ball on terrorism, I’m just amazed the whole planet hasn’t crumbled because I wasn’t on it,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said of the weeks he’s spent leading the health care repeal effort.

Source: Lindsey Graham on Obamacare Repeal: I Had No Idea What I Was Doing

When White Men Keep Lists of “No-Good Niggers”


Do you have a “list of no-good niggers” that you keep around the house? Maybe you use the notes app on your phone, or even a Google Doc?Paul Smith has a “list of no-good niggers.” He’s the chief of the Cecil Township Fire Department, about 20 miles outside of Pittsburgh. On Sunday, he felt so comfortable announcing to the world who had just been added to his “list of no-good niggers” that he posted it as a status on his Facebook page.

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Michigan Governor Unleashes “Citizens United on Steroids”


Less than six hours after its passage by the Republican-controlled state legislature, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law this week a measure that, effective immediately, allows candidates to raise unlimited sums of money for super PACs, which can then promptly spend that money supporting those candidates—or attacking their rivals.It also allows consultants to simultaneously work for a campaign and a super PAC at the same time, making a joke of the supposed independence of the two groups.

Source: Michigan Governor Unleashes “Citizens United on Steroids”

Florida Utilities Lobbied To Make It Illegal For Solar Users To Use Panels In Wake Of Hurricanes, Outages | Techdirt

“FPL’s lobbying wing has fought hard against letting Floridians power their own homes with solar panels. Thanks to power-company rules, it’s impossible across Florida to simply buy a solar panel and power your individual home with it. You are instead legally mandated to connect your panels to your local electric grid. More egregious, FPL mandates that if the power goes out, your solar-power system must power down along with the rest of the grid, robbing potentially needy people of power during major outages.

Source: Florida Utilities Lobbied To Make It Illegal For Solar Users To Use Panels In Wake Of Hurricanes, Outages | Techdirt

So Much for States’ Rights — GOP Senator Wants to Ban State Single Payer In New Health Care Bill


LOUISIANA REPUBLICAN SEN. John Kennedy plans to use the most recent effort to repeal and replace portions of the Affordable Care Act to push an amendment that would bar states from enacting their own single-payer systems, he told reporters on Monday.When asked by The Intercept on Tuesday about the status of his legislation, Kennedy said that the bill’s co-sponsors, Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Bill Cassidy, R-La., told him that the measure already bans single payer, but that he was welcome to offer his amendment either way.“I don’t think states should have the authority to take money from the American taxpayer and set up a single-payer system,” Kennedy said. “Now some people think that that’s inconsistent with the idea of flexibility. But that’s what the United States Congress is for. I very much believe in flexibility, and I know the governors want flexibility. But it’s our job to make sure that that money is properly spent.”

Source: So Much for States’ Rights — GOP Senator Wants to Ban State Single Payer In New Health Care Bill