New Jersey Stolen Valor Act, N.J.S.A. 38A:14-5

New Jersey Stolen Valor Act, N.J.S.A. 38A:14-5, First Amendment, Atlantic County, Bergen County, Burlington County, Camden County, Cape May County, Cumberland County, Essex County, Gloucester County, Hudson County, Hunterdon County, Mercer County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Morris County, Ocean County, Passaic County, Salem County, Somerset County, Sussex County, Union County, Warren County, Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, VFW, Sons of the American Legion, SAL, criminal defense, drunk driving, traffic ticket, juvenile, attorney, lawyerPoint Pleasant Borough cops recently charged a 22-year-old man with third degree forgery. Additionally, they charged him with third degree tampering with public records, fourth degree identity theft, and fourth degree stolen valor. Indeed, like many investigations, this one began with a complaint from a resident. According to the news, the Jersey Shore man pretended to be a member of the U.S military. Additionally, authorities allege he wanted to gain the trust of Point Pleasant parents as he pursued child care work. Furthermore, authorities claim he showed potential clients forged and fictitious documents. Moreover, they claim these documents purported to be the act of U.S. military officials. But the officials neither authorized nor knew of the documents. Finally,  the documents allegedly required him to “complete family care hours as a requirement” of a military program. Read More

Peter Gabriel fights injustice with video

Peter Gabriel fights injustice with video

Power & the Rule of Man

In this talk, Peter Gabriel spoke about WITNESS. Begun in 1992, WITNESS enables people to make video documentaries to tell the world about human rights abuses. Gabriel described the individual photographers as brave. Indeed, the violent WITNESS recordings suggests “bravery” is an understatement. Authorities with power know the significance of video documentation. After all, many people understand power corrupts. And there are many more who know it corrupts absolutely.
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Freedom of Speech and The First Amendment

Freedom of Speech and Expression

freedom of speechThe First Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees freedom of speech and expression. Restricting government interference, it provides, “Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech . . . .” U.S. Const. amend. I. Though originally limiting the powers granted to Congress in Article I, courts apply the First Amendment to the States. Gitlow v. New York, 268 U.S. 652 (1925) (incorporating freedom of speech into the Fourteenth Amendment). This limits ‎federal and state control over speech in the “public forum.” Sidewalks, streets, and other publicly owned areas comprise the “public forum.” Thus, the law secures the right to Read more