Category Archives: Criminal Justice

One of the primary issues in which Fawkes-Lee and Ryan are involved.

What IS the Age of Maturity?

A recent question in CityView, a Des Moines alternative newspaper, asked readers: “Should the minimum age to purchase tobacco products be raised to 21 in Iowa?”  All sorts of answers ensued.  One reader said tobacco should be outlawed and marijuana … Continue reading

Posted in Criminal Justice, Fairness, Issues, Youth | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off on What IS the Age of Maturity?

Flaws in the Laws – Part III: 2nd Degree Kidnapping

“He got off on a technicality.” This is a quip that drives me crazy whenever someone walks away from a courtroom in which the person otherwise should have been found guilty. Just what is a technicality? A technicality can be … Continue reading

Posted in Criminal Justice, General | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Flaws in the Laws – Part III: 2nd Degree Kidnapping

How much does it cost to buy a constitutional amendment?

How much do you think it would cost to amend the Iowa Constitution? To fund an amendment to the U.S. Constitution? Or, the constitutions of all 50 states? What staggering amount would you have to cough up to amend all … Continue reading

Posted in Criminal Justice, Fairness, General | Tagged , , | Comments Off on How much does it cost to buy a constitutional amendment?

Iowa Made a Costly Mistake

ne hundred dollars is still a lot of money to a large group of Iowans. Continue reading

Posted in Criminal Justice, Issues | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Iowa Made a Costly Mistake

The Government Makes A Lousy Babysitter

This matter should have been dealt with in a court of equity. Continue reading

Posted in Criminal Justice, Issues | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on The Government Makes A Lousy Babysitter

A Horrible Decision

On Monday, the Court said it was constitutionally okay to take a sample of “skin cells”. They might just as well take an arm or a leg, your heart, your brain, or your medical records. Continue reading

Posted in Criminal Justice, Fairness, Issues, Privacy | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off on A Horrible Decision