November 9, 2005
THE UNITED States of America is the greatest country in the world, and we take pride in our liberties. The Constitution promises certain rights that can't be taken away. Freedom of speech is a part of our great declaration. Terrell Owens, an American and one hell of a wide receiver, has the same rights as every red-blooded American. Terrell Owens is very outspoken. You could even say arrogant. But if being arrogant was against the law, many of us would be suspended indefinitely from life.
October 18, 2002
IAM disgusted with the color-coding of the incarcerated, especially the bright orange worn at the county level. It is the equivalent of a guilty plea, especially when the accused is coerced into wearing the orange in court. It makes him stand out like a hunter in the woods. It is a vaudeville mockery of his constitutional rights. Gerald Lee Stull Houtzdale (Pa.) State Prison
August 13, 2004
McGreevey shows his courage Gov. McGreevey showed the world yesterday what a gutsy, courageous man he is. He displayed his character by revealing something that is intensely private. What a shame for him and other gay Americans that we live in a country that judges others so harshly based purely on sexual orientation. How sad that for most of his 47 years he has had to pretend and live a lie. Perhaps someday soon all Americans will truly be able to enjoy their constitutional rights.
October 28, 1987 |
The question of prayer at school functions, a topic debated in Washington Township for nearly 18 months, was resolved last night when the Board of Education passed a policy under which invocations at school functions must not offend any group. The policy, approved by a 7-2 vote, states that any person giving an invocation at a school function "must be sensitive to the multi-ethnic, cultural and religious differences of the audience. " At the same time, the constitutional rights of the person giving an invocation must be respected, the policy says.
July 27, 1991
In Los Angeles, Police Chief Daryl Gates is still being roundly criticized, in the wake of the videotaped Rodney King beating, for leading a police force steeped in racism and brutality. People now recall that he suggested shooting casual drug users and boasted that "the hammer will fall" on criminals. And more recently, in Chicago, Police Superintendent LeRoy Martin has suggested even more directly that the way to fight crime is to reassess the value of our constitutional rights.
February 9, 1987
Do you really think that President Reagan knows what "we the people" means? He did not consult Congress when he sold arms to Iran. He did not consult Congress when he used the sale money to fund the contras. At the very moment that "we the people" were writing to our senators and representatives against contra aid, "we the people" were being denied our constitutional rights. I believe these actions should be investigated, and those who have broken the law brought to justice.
October 12, 1989
Abortion rights proponents are delighted with the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to allow militant anti-abortion protesters to be held liable for triple damages and legal fees for their intimidatory tactics outside Northeast Women's Center in Philadelphia. Such harassment is outrageous and inexcusable - and should be stopped. Then why are we so uncomfortable with the decision? Because it's another example of the use of the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO)
July 10, 1993 |
Operation Rescue has come to Philadelphia, hoping to harass women who want to have abortions and to disrupt the lives of all Philadelphians. In other cities, these extremists have engaged in violent and threatening activities designed to frighten and intimidate women from exercising their constitutional rights - anonymous death threats, arson, introducing noxious chemicals into clinics, destruction of clinic equipment and physical attacks on...
May 7, 1993 |
A fathers' rights activist who staged a two-week hunger strike in the Burlington County Jail last month to call attention to what he contends is the denial of civil rights to separated and divorced fathers was back in the prison this week, but only overnight. Raymond Auger, 55, of Mount Laurel, spent Wednesday night in the jail for not complying with a court order in a child-support case. He was released yesterday after Superior Court Judge John A. Sweeney determined that Auger, a short, intense Quebec native with a penchant for quoting case law, had provided his two teenagers with health insurance and paid $1,155 of his former wife's legal fees.
December 21, 2011 |
THE CITY must cough up $50,000 to state lawmaker and Sheriff-elect Jewell Williams for injuries he received during an unlawful arrest and detention in March 2009 during a car stop in his North Philadelphia neighborhood, a federal jury said yesterday. The former Temple University police officer is to assume the $118,000-a-year sheriff's job next month, which, ironically, involves the transport of prisoners, among other duties. Williams sued his soon-to-be employer in 2010, saying that officers applied "excessively tight handcuffs," causing him to sustain permanent and painful injuries to his hands during the arrest.