- It turns out the paranoid folks were right: The flight ban over Ferguson, Missouri back in August was specifically intended to keep news helicopters away.
- Brand new federal sentencing guidelines for drug crimes took effect on Saturday. Among other things, this means that prisoners can petition to have the guidelines apply retroactively to their sentences, and that they may get to go home earlier. Good news, in other words. Very good news.
- On Wednesday, raids on several “gaming rooms” in Jefferson County, Texas required the following law enforcement agencies: the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Beaumont Police, Port Arthur Police, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the U.S. Marshals, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Arrests were made, and money was seized, but the local media report strongly suggests that the result will be mere misdemeanors, and that the raids were to keep crime away more than to specifically target anything serious.
- A Virginia Circuit Court judge ruled that police can force you to unlock your phone with a fingerprint scan, which the iPhone 5s, 6, and 6 Plus offer as a security option. The judge did decide that law enforcement cannot compel you to punch in a phone’s security code, however. That at least qualifies as forcible self-incrimination, which violates the Fifth Amendment.
- You should be careful not to ingest marijuana-infused candy without meaning to. You should make sure your children don’t randomly consume some unknowingly. You also should not worry that anyone would pass out a $15 dollar Reefer peanut butter cup on Halloween just to amuse themselves. Sensible people knew this, and indeed there were no reports of dosed treat or treaters this year in Colorado. Still, the fear of regular candy containing razor blades or poison hasn’t dissipated in the last three decades, so there’s no reason to think this pot candy paranoia won’t be back again next year.
- What it says on the tin: “Attorney dressed as Jedi knight files legal papers challenging Clarkston marijuana ban”