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Newest edition of my newsletter Taken Liberties is out
Greetings! Welcome to another edition of *Taken Liberties*!
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I wrote about the 4th Amendment case that came down today, Utah v. Strieff
Utah v. Strieff further erodes the power of the exclusionary rule.
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My latest in the Philly Inquirer
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My latest is a personal essay at Vox on why I choose to own guns.
My grandfather used his gun to protect his family from the KKK. My father was a police officer. I own several guns, and I've got no intention of giving them up.
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I wrote about why the DOJ should not have indicted Dylann Roof.
The primary responsibility for prosecuting Dylann Roof belongs to South Carolina.
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Gun control has done a lot of things in America, but protecting black people has never been one of them. My latest in Vice.
Before politicians call for new gun laws in the wake of the Charleston shooting, they might consider how those laws have disproportionately affected black Americans.
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"Some of the Drug War’s most disturbing images involve police officers in SWAT gear, kicking down doors, ransacking homes and endangering the lives of everyone inside during pre-dawn raids. Officers rummaging through a car for drug contraband while the driver sits helplessly on the sidewalk as onlookers drive by may be less violent, but is just as invasive and degrading. This experience can be humiliating under any circumstance, and any perception of race as playing a role in the stop piles resentment on top of humiliation."
What can be done to curb the excessive and, sometimes, predatory policing that has emerged from the Drug War?
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My latest newsletter, which includes my recently published law review article on pretextual traffic stops and a related post at Rare.
Welcome to another edition of *Taken Liberties*!
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My latest at the Post.

Upshot: Policymakers need to deal with reality to reduce gun deaths. Everything else is just distraction and wishful thinking. 
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Looking for a new word for anchor baby?

Here's my suggestion:

"Greatly exaggerated phenomenon I use to express both my disdain for immigrants and signal my resentment of the continued growth of the welfare state despite the two not being closely related"

Doesn't really roll off the tongue, does it? Okay, maybe this:

"Undesirable brown child."
I don't usually write about immigration because it's not my specialty, but I do know a thing or two about language. Earnest People™ are asking what term they should use instead of "anchor babies" because critics (rightly) bel...
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A must read from a former officer who recounts many instances of abuse and misconduct during his tenure in Baltimore. 
Michael A. Wood Jr. is a retired Baltimore police officer. This morning, he tweeted a series of troubling, illegal, and disturbing incidents he witnessed while on the force. I have Storified them below. Warning: these tweets ...
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Me on the shameful episode in Spokane and the meaning of black identity
She lied about herself in an attempt to be accepted.
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Excellent pizza close to home. Lots of beer to choose from; all the wine is Italian so I need to start learning my Italian wines.
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