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Courthouse News reported Friday, “Judge Nixes Military Roadblocks for Immigrants.”

On Friday, US District Judge Jon Tigar issued a 55-page ruling that “blocked the Trump administration from enforcing a policy that allegedly treats non-citizens in the military as ‘second-class recruits’ and prevents them from starting basic training.”

The plaintiff Jiahao Kuang was seeking an injunction.

U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar found the Trump administration failed to justify the policy, which bans non-citizen enlistees from starting basic training until after their lengthy background investigations are complete. Prior to October 2017, citizens and non-citizens could start basic training while their background checks were pending.

“If there was no evidence that [legal permanent residents] posed a greater security risk, this policy change is by definition arbitrary and capricious,” Tigar wrote.

Courthouse News; Nov 16 2018

Kuang, who has been living in the United States since he was 8-years-old, chose to join the the Navy when he graduated high school instead of going to college first with the intention of starting his military career “without delay,” and was given that expectation at the time of his recruitment/enlistment.

But the Trump administration had rewritten policy, leaving Kuang, along with “thousands of other enlistees living in a state of limbo for months.”

Trump’s Department of Defense alleged in their argument that, “the policy was enacted for national security reasons because non-citizens ‘have comparatively higher rates of foreign contacts and likelihood of foreign influence,’ without offering any evidence “to back up its claim.”

Tigar concluded that a “preliminary injunction” was therefore justified and Kuang was granted a “motion for class certification.” The government’s motion to dismiss the case was denied.

Cops behaving badly.

Ezekial Flatten alleges in an 11-page complaint filed in the U.S. District Court of Northern District of California that while transporting legal weed to be lab tested he was pulled over by an unmarked, black SUV and police officers posing as ATF agents seized his property.

He became suspicious because as ‘federal agents’ they “did not cite him, arrest him, or document the evidence they took,” only telling him that “he might receive a letter from Washington.” Flatten also alleges in his complaint that “people involved in the conspiracy” have “threatened and harassed” him in efforts to silence him.

According to the lawsuit, this was part of a larger conspiracy involving Huffaker and former Rohnert Park police officer Jacy Tatum. Over the years, the two officers seized thousands of pounds of weed and hundreds of thousands of dollars of cash without making arrests, reporting crimes or issuing receipts for the seized goods, Flatten claims.

“Oftentimes when arrests or reports were made, the cash and cannabis seized was significantly underreported in furtherance of the conspiracy allowing the officers to skim off the top of even otherwise legal interdictions,” the 11-page complaint states.

Flatten says the officers used their connections to a privately operated criminal intelligence network called Black Asphalt to identify and target vehicles involved in the marijuana industry. He said the officers sold seized cannabis to black-market vendors and used real estate deals to launder the money.

Courthouse News; Nov 15 2018

Eighth Amendment violation: “Cruel and unusual punishment.”

A 19-year-old man Denareus Cortez Martin, who had been diagnosed mentally disabled years earlier, was “performing community service for a conviction,” when three (now former) cops, in Tutwiler, Mississippi, in 2012 allegedly “forced” Martin “into a boxing match,” then made him “eat a large amount of cinnamon,” filming their exploits and posting both incidents on social media.

Former cops Jimmy Johnson, Bobby Banks, Jr., and Angelia Chandler were all named as defendants through Martin’s conservator Christine Jackson who alleged that the “unsafe and humiliating spectacles … violated his [Martin] constitutional right against cruel and unusual punishment.”

On Friday, U.S. District Judge Michael Mills in Oxford federal court entered default judgment against three former officers and ruled that if Tutwiler’s then-chief of police was present for the filming of the cinnamon challenge, then the town could also be found liable for violating Martin’s Eighth Amendments rights.

“It is high time for those in authority in civil jurisdictions, large and small, to recognize the moral, if not juridical, boundaries of human decency,” Mills wrote in his 20-page order. “If the parties in this case were so of a mind, they might find enlightenment in the works of William Faulkner and learn vicariously the limits of acceptable conduct in a civilized society.”

Mills especially recommended the lessons learned from “the boorish and indecent exploits” of the character Lump Snopes, which are chronicled in Faulkner’s “The Hamlet.”

Courthouse News; Nov 16 2018

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