“By that line of thinking, you could dispose of the whole Bill of Rights referencing to the idea that innocent people have nothing to fear from wire taps for National Security.”
-James L. Fly
FRANK’S FEARLESS FIVE
1. The Paris attacks have renewed the age-old argument about spying on the public. Ed Snowden’s name came out and renewed calls to listen in on everybody. Fear is never a good reason to violate constitutional rights. I have confidence that our security can be protected without overreach. I don’t have much faith that once the crisis subsides, abuses will not occur.
2. Flint’s water crisis is still in national news. There should be an extensive criminal investigation.
3. I listened to Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein speak the other day and it affirmed my belief that diversity is a very important component for a truly fair and effective High Court.
4. The courts are going to have to really take a hard look at how our rapidly-expanding technology affects basic Fourth Amendment protections. Unless the courts force law enforcement to get a warrant supported by probable cause, they will be able to use modern technology to arguably skip over a constitutional requirement. Read full article here.
5. High emotions are the order of the day on many cases involving police and minorities. Both sides feel that their positions are being either ignored or unfairly perceived. I don’t have the answer but I will keep you informed about my cases and experiences with this very important issue.