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Bill of Rights
Transcript of Bill of Rights
Gabe Morrison This amendment protects our freedom of expression that does not conflict with the Constitution. Example News papers are allowed to criticize our government with their personal opinion, but people saying things like they will "kill the president" are not allowed in public society. Amendment II The right to bear weaponry. Example People are able to own guns and use them for their self protection. Amendment III Soldiers are not allowed refuge without owner consent. Example Amendment IV We cannot search someones property without reason. Example Amendment V Even Criminals cant have their rights taken away. Example Amendment VI The right to speedy and fair trial Example Amendment VII Nobody is allowed to sue for under 20 dollars. Example Amendment VIII Bail or fund depend on circumstances Example Amendment IX Loophole Safeguard for the government. Example Amendment X Protects citizens from an all power full government. Example Amendment XIV Nobody can be deprived from life, liberty or property without representation of law. If a soldier has nowhere to live while either on duty in a military fort or a disabled veteran, they cannot raid your home and declare he/she is staying there. If you suspect someone has committed murder it is not legal to search his belongings for proof without either consent from the suspect or a warrant from the courts. People convicted of any crime cannot be deprived of any freedoms given to them in the Bill of Rights or any natural rights, such as freedom of speech. Courts cannot hold a trial for an unnecessary amount of time, and Jury members cannot decide a convicts fate if they are bias toward them. If a man drops his candy bar on the floor and another man picks it up and refuses to give it back, this cannot result in a court case, the time of the judges would be wasted by such stupid trials. If someone gets a DUI for the first or second time, the bail would not be set at around $1,000,000 because that is unreasonable, $3,000 would be more reasonable. Someone cannot say that what he is doing was not covered in the Constitution/Bill of Rights and would therefore be allowed. Someone cannot say that what they are doing is not covered in the Constitution/Bill of Rights so it is allowed in society. The federal/state government can never become an all powerful government over its people. Example Full and fair court cases are the only thing that can take property, liberty, and our life from us. Supreme Court Cases Hudson v. Michigan (2006) Police who do not knock, announce themselves, and wait for a while for a responce before forced entry are charged fully for state breaking and entering but their finds can still be used in court. Supreme Court Cases Thornton v. Caldor (1985) Private companies are allow to fire people that do not show up to work even if they claim that day is their Sabbath, seeing as the First Amendment applies to our government and not private companies. Crime & the courts - Bail set at $10,000 for jailed landlord
Columbus Dispatch, The (OH) - Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Readability: >12 grade level (Lexile: 1420L)
Author: John Futty, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
A Franklin County judge set bail at $10,000 yesterday for Sam Vazirani, a landlord who was jailed last week amid allegations that he is defying the judge's order to get rid of his troubled rental properties.
Environmental Judge Harland H. Hale said Vazirani will be confined to house arrest with an electronic monitor if he makes bail .
"It's apparent to me that I can't trust you, Mr. Vazirani," Hale said.
Defense attorney Sanjay Bhatt said his client's release could be delayed while his family posts bail through a bond agent and efforts are made to obtain a monitoring device.
In April, Hale prohibited Vazirani from owning or managing rental properties after the 73-year-old Northwest Side resident pleaded no contest to 20 misdemeanor code violations at a Wisconsin Avenue house where three people died in a December 2011 fire. The house had been ordered vacated by the city two years earlier because of safety hazards.
He served 30 days in jail and 142 days on house arrest and was placed on probation through 2017 after he agreed to bring all of his properties up to code and sell them.
Vazirani was arrested on Wednesday after his probation officer reported that he still owns or is associated with at least 12 rental properties.
A probation-revocation hearing is scheduled for Feb. 13. More than a year of jail remains on Vazirani's suspended sentence if he is convicted of violating probation.
firstname.lastname@example.org Gun control - NRA: No to expanded checks
Columbus Dispatch, The (OH) - Monday, February 4, 2013
Readability: 11-12 grade level (Lexile: 1270L)
Author: Kevin Freking, ASSOCIATED PRESS
The National Rifle Association's executive vice president continued to oppose background checks for all gun purchases despite polls indicating that most NRA members don't share his position.
The NRA's Wayne LaPierre said on Fox News Sunday that background checks for all gun purchases would lead to a national registry of gun owners. Critics say such a registry could lead to taxes on guns or to confiscation.
Mark Kelly, a gun owner and husband of Gabrielle Giffords, the former Arizona congresswoman who survived a 2011 shooting, asked LaPierre to listen to his members. Kelly said the current system prevented 1.7 million gun purchases since 1999. However, those potential buyers had other options because many gun sales don't require a background check.
"Members of the NRA tend to be very reasonable on this issue," said Kelly, who also appeared on the Fox show.
As Congress responds to the spate of mass shootings in recent years, most notably the December massacre of 20 children and six adults in a school in Newtown, Conn., some are calling for a ban on certain semi-automatic weapons and on high-capacity ammunition magazines. However, calls for expanding background checks appear to have gained the most bipartisan support.
LaPierre said that requiring checks for all gun purchases would be a bureaucratic nightmare.
"It's going to affect only the law-abiding people," he said. "Criminals could care less." Dysfunctional divorce court
Plain Dealer, The (Cleveland, OH) - Friday, March 28, 2008
Readability: 11-12 grade level (Lexile: 1260L)
Author: The Plain Dealer
"The foundation of our government rests upon the confidence of the people in the ability of their courts to achieve liberty and justice for all under the law."
So state the rules of superintendence for Ohio's courts, continuing with, "The fair , impartial and speedy resolution of cases without unnecessary delay maintains this confidence, safeguards the rights of litigants to the just processing of their causes and earns the trust of the public."
Judges of the Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court need to be reminded of these principles. (Some far more than others: Judge Cheryl Karner's docket looks quite good, but Judge James Celebrezze, who has the worst record by far, lays the blame on lawyers!) Many in the court also seem to have forgotten that they are accountable to the families they serve and, indeed, to all other taxpayers who pay their salaries.
As a group, the court has accumulated an atrociously apathetic record: more than one in 10 cases last year lagged state recommended guidelines, Plain Dealer reporter James McCarty found.
When the Ohio Supreme Court rightly launched a review of the Cuyahoga court's case management, the extent of the judges' foot-dragging became even more starkly apparent: Presiding Judge Tim Flanagan took a month before agreeing even to participate in the review.
It's a pity Chief Justice Thomas Moyer lacks the power to sanction judges because such insubordination ought to be punished.
Domestic Relations judges exercise lax discipline over their own dockets. Lawyers have far too much control over scheduling and continuances. Trials that should take just days spread, agonizingly, over weeks and months. And many active cases get passed off to visiting judges, who then have to start from scratch.
"It's just adding agony to a very unpleasant situation" for the families, Moyer said. There's already turmoil in these abuse and divorce cases, and the court's role, he said, is to "diminish the dysfunction of the family."
That's the sad irony: Domestic Relations Court, itself, now resembles a dysfunctional family.
"The judges are in positions of having dramatic effect on people's lives," Moyer said. "It comes down to a personal sense of his or her responsibility to the office."
Clearly, Domestic Relations judges don't all view their responsibility, their duty or their impact on others' lives so clearly. Their job is to treat people who come before them with dignity, efficiency and fairness.
We will continue to remind them of this and to regularly monitor the performance of this embarrassing court. Police scandal ends in firing - Miami Twp. trustees say deputy chief violated code of conduct. INVESTIGATION: PUBLIC SAFETY
Dayton Daily News (OH) - Thursday, February 14, 2013
Readability: >12 grade level (Lexile: 1530L)
Author: Mark Gokavi StaffWriter
MIAMI TWP., MONTGOMERY COUNTY — Miami Twp. Deputy police Chief John DiPietro was fired for cause Wednesday after township trustees found him guilty of several violations of the township’s professional code. They all relate to DiPietro hosing down a naked 17-year-old girl who had been pepper-sprayed July 12.
“After careful consideration, the Miami Township Board of Trustees voted unanimously to terminate the employment of Major John DiPietro,” the trustees said in a statement released to media. “The protracted hearing was necessary to ensure that John DiPietro had a full and fair hearing. We will be making no further comments at this time.”
The 3-0 vote of Miami Twp. Trustees Deborah Preston, Charles Lewis and Mike Nolan was announced at 2:30 p.m. in the township meeting room as Maj. DiPietro and his attorney watched. The resolution, effective immediately, found DiPietro guilty of four of the original six charges of misconduct found in an internal affairs report done by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.
DiPietro left without comment. His attorney, Richard Lipowicz, only said that his client may file an administrative appeal of the decision. Wednesday’s action followed the fourth day of the disciplinary hearing that began last year.
Miami Twp. police Chief Chris Krug, reached by phone, said he would decline comment until after he returns to work. Krug had knee surgery last month and said Wednesday he is on painkillers and has been told not to do anything work-related.
Jon Paul Rion, who represents the girl and her family, declined to comment Wednesday.
Last year, the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office declined to pursue criminal charges. Spokesman Greg Flanagan said then there was “insufficient evidence that any felony occurred. As far as we’re concerned, there are not going to be any criminal charges.”
DiPietro, who started with the Miami Twp. Police Department part-time in 1986 and became full-time in 1989, has been deputy chief for about 12 years. DiPietro has been the subject of other internal investigations and disciplinary action on his way to being named second-in-command with a salary above $84,000.
DiPietro survived a misdemeanor trespassing conviction and multiple acts of “inappropriate conduct” years earlier, but also was admonished more recently for throwing his Taser at a theft suspect. DiPietro was cautioned in late 2011 by Krug about the dangers of giving up his weapon.
On Oct. 19, Krug placed DiPietro on paid administrative leave — which was superseded by Family and Medical Leave Act time at the request of Lipowicz. That’s when Krug received a 57-page internal affairs report citing six inappropriate actions concerning DiPietro’s actions during the decontamination of the girl, including taking a photo of one of the girl’s tattoos and sending it to a friend, allowing the girl to undress during the decontamination and failing to submit proper reports until ordered to by Krug.
Trustees found him guilty of violating rules including addressing professional conduct and personal bearing, responsibilities and general conduct, protection of prisoners, their rights and their property and conduct unbecoming an employee in the public service.
The trustees basically found DiPietro guilty on the overall charge of incompetence, inefficiency, or neglect of duty, and terminated him, according to the resolution. Specifically, trustees found that DiPietro violated rules against embarrassment, humiliation or shame of a person and a section that said, “No officer shall willfully mistreat or give inhumane treatment to any person held in custody.”
DiPietro, who has applied for a medical disability pension, had alleged a “conspiracy” and predicted he would be vindicated.
Before the disciplinary hearing resumed Wednesday DiPietro and his attorney said they were disappointed that township administrator Greg Hanahan would not be testifying.
“Since he has left the township, the attorney for the township said they would issue a subpoena for him — the township does have power subpoenas in these type of employment discipline matters,” Lipowicz said, though township officials said Hanahan was still technically an employee. “I was kind of chagrined to learn, only yesterday, that Mr. Hanahan will not be here again and the township reneged on its offer to issue a subpoena to him.”
Lipowicz would not elaborate on Hanahan’s link to the case. Nolan has said Hanahan’s reported negotiated buyout was not connected to DiPietro.