The US Supreme Court has delivered a blow to civil asset forfeiture. What does this mean for you and me? What’s in the News with stories on Houston bad boys update, arrested for not saying the pledge, government DNA database, another Houston bad boys update, TSA drug smugglers, and a judge ignores jury. Finally, and Ask Me Anything segment on property rights versus individual rights, best area of study for anarchists, and what motivates me. This episode is brought to you by NordVPN, the easiest, cheapest, and fastest way to get secure and private access to the internet I’ve ever seen, and I use it every single day. Also, brought to you by Tom Woods’s Liberty Classroom, helping you to become a smarter and more informed libertarian than ever before, for just 24 cents a day.

 

WHAT’S RUSTLING MY JIMMIES

The United States Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, actually upheld the Constitution for a change, specifically the excessive fines clause in the Eight Amendment.

The decision, which united the court’s conservatives and liberals, makes clear that the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against “excessive fines” applies to states and localities as well as the federal government.

 

WHAT’S IN THE NEWS

In a bad boys update, the Houston Police Department will end its use of controversial no-knock warrants in most situations, Chief Art Acevedo said during a contentious town hall meeting three weeks after a deadly Pecan Park drug raid that left two people dead and five officers injured.

In government indoctrination centers news, an eleven-year-old Florida boy was arrested after refusing to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in class.

In unreasonable searches news, a bill introduced in the Arizona State Senate would create the largest DNA database in the country.

In another bad boys update from Houston, the Houston officer bad apple who lied about the informant that led to two people dead, Houston Police Officer Gerald Goines, had a troubling history of allegations against him.

In security theater news, federal employees, including several TSA baggage screeners and security personnel, are facing 10 years to life in prison for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute after being indicted for using their posts to smuggle over 100 million dollars of cocaine into the U.S. from Puerto Rico.

In circling the wagons news, a Baltimore County judge on Thursday overturned a jury decision that granted $38 million to the family of a 23-year-old woman who was killed by police in 2016. 

 

ASK ME ANYTHING

Questions on property rights versus individual rights, best area of study for anarchists, and what motivates me.