Today’s card is from the Major Arcana, number XI Justice. Justice holds the scales in her left hand, to weigh the evidence, with some human intuition, and she holds the sword in her right– to cut through to the objective truth. What’s behind the curtain? Well, they say two things you don’t want to see being made are sausage and politics. The justice we get depends on how wise we are in choosing the judge.
But, amazingly, Justice won two victories this week despite all the politics tilting the scales.
It’s seldom that this divided Supreme Court has come together, and more surprisingly for the rights of people suspected of a crime. Just some background– getting a warrant is not difficult or time-consuming.
By Warren Richey, Staff writer June 25, 2014
WASHINGTON — In a major affirmation of privacy in the digital age, the US Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that police must obtain a warrant before searching digital information on a cell phone seized from an individual who has been arrested.
The 9-to-0 decision marks a Fourth Amendment landmark of profound importance given the ubiquity of cell phones, tablets, and portable computers in public places throughout society.
If you think there’s no difference between the two parties, and don’t think your vote counts, consider that Federal judges serve ‘at the pleasure of the President’ and it’s the President’s administration that appoints them.
A Federal court just gave a huge boost to marriage equality…
Washington — Utah’s ban on same-sex marriages violates a fundamental right to marry protected by the US Constitution, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.
The 2-to-1 decision marks the most important judicial ruling yet among a steady stream of court decisions that in the past year have invalidated state laws banning same-sex marriages or recognition of such marriages performed in other states.
And when Justice is hostage to a dictator all is not lost…
I am Nabeel Rajab, President of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) and Director of the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR). I have just been released from prison after serving a two-year sentence for my peaceful and legitimate human rights work.
I’m one of many human rights defenders in Bahrain and the region who are being targeted, attacked, arrested and imprisoned. I was imprisoned on the basis of fabricated charges of “illegal practices, inciting illegal assemblies, and organizing unlicensed demonstrations through Twitter and other social networking sites”.
Thank Amnesty International and countless letter-writers and other activists for securing the release of a man imprisoned for Tweets. Stay engaged, the life you save may be your own.