Supreme Court Rules Stop and Frisk Constitutional in Arizona v. Johnson Case

Emily Ritchie According to a U.S. Supreme Court decision, police officers do not violate the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches and seizures when patting down car occupants, both passengers and the driver, during a vehicle traffic-stop. Arizona v. Johnson is a case concerning the authority of police officers to “stop and frisk” a passenger... Continue Reading →


Justin Scott

Justin Scott: a self-employed photographer, Iowa native, husband, father, free-thinker and atheist. That's right, atheist. He is known for being an activist for atheists across the midwest, for taking actions at keeping the Church and State separate; and he takes pride in that. "I feel like just saying, “Hi. I’m an atheist” really tears down... Continue Reading →

Work Hard, Succeed and Make a Difference.

Emily Ritchie - CEDAR FALLS, IA The car rolled then sat upside down in the flooding ravine. The driver, trapped, was unable to free himself from the water seeping through the crashed car. University of Northern Iowa’s Detective Dana Jaeger, of Cedar Falls, did what he had to do. He smashed the window and pulled... Continue Reading →

Profile: Joan Becker 

Studies show that 15 million Americans suffer from depression, this year alone, and that 3.2 million Americans also suffer from a disorder called schizophrenia; these numbers are rapidly rising, along with fatal incidents induced by people who haven’t gotten proper help for mental illness.  It’s easy to think it can’t happen here, it won’t happen to... Continue Reading →

Blackhawk County Jail 

Emily Ritchie CEDAR FALLS - “One of the first freedoms you lose when you come to the jail is your right to privacy,” Sheriff Tony Thompson told us right before he took us walking through the Blackhawk County Jail in Waterloo, Iowa. “You’re on camera everywhere as well as the inmates are, too. Everything is... Continue Reading →

Chapter 13

Advertising - When Speech and Commerce Converge  "Our question is whether speech which does "no more than propose a commercial transaction," is so removed from any "exposition of ideas" and from "truth, science, morality and arts in general, in its diffusion of liberal sentiments on the administration of Government," that it lacks all protection. Our... Continue Reading →

Chapter 11

Obscenity, Indecency, and Violence - Social Norms & Legal Standards Administrative laws that apply to sexual expression come from the FCC. Current federal and state laws have stripped obscene material - meeting the U.S. Supreme Court's definition - of all First Amendment protection. The dictionary defines obscenity simply as "relating to sex in an indecent... Continue Reading →

Chapter 9

The Media and the Courts - Preserving Public Trials and Preventing Prejudice  "We note that unfair and prejudicial news comment on pending trials has become increasingly prevalent. Due process requires that the accused receive a trial by an impartial jury free from outside influences. Given the pervasiveness of modern communications and the difficulty of effacing... Continue Reading →

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