When he was a teen-age amateur photographer, writes Steven Greenhut, he snapped a picture of a large group of Philadelphia police officers loitering in a rail terminal. Within moments, an officer came over and wanted him to open the back of the camera to expose the film. Decades later, film is obsolete—but the fundamental issue raised that day is not. Now a bill introduced in California by Sen. Ricardo Lara would clarify that taking a photo of an officer in a public place is not "in and of itself a violation of" laws against obstruction, often used by cops to shut down photography.
It took a jury 26 minutes to decide that Jonathan Vanderhagen wasn't guilty.
A court ruled that officers did not have enough information to know whether or not stealing violates the Constitution.
This vote is "a hopeful sign that the harmful policies of marijuana prohibition will soon be a relic of the past."
Jonathan Vanderhagen believes a judge doomed his son to an early death. The judge says Vanderhagen's Facebook posts were intimidating.