A woman who was talking on the phone to Trayvon Martin moments before he was shot and killed by George Zimmerman acknowledged on the stand today that she does not know whether Zimmerman or Martin started the fatal fight.
The testimony of Rachel Jeantel, 19, was dissected over two days of often testy cross examination by Zimmerman's lawyers in which she was challenged on her assertion that she heard Martin say "get off" just before he was shot. Read The Full Story
In Northern California, law enforcement agencies are using license plate readers to build a giant database of publicly available personal information—all obtained legally, without warrants. In 2011 the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center, which coordinates information-sharing between law enforcement agencies, signed a contract with Silicon Valley-based defense contractor Palantir to create a database capable of storing 100 million license plate records.
Computer security consultant Michael Katz-Lacabe requested a record from the city of San Leandro, Calif., of times license plate readers had snapped his car. He found 112 instances—including a photo of him and his young daughters getting out of his Prius. Read The Full Story
The U.S. House of Representatives voted 225-200 on June 20 to legalize the industrial farming of hemp fiber. Hemp is the same species as the marijuana plant, and its fiber has been used to create clothing, paper, and other industrial products for thousands of years; however, it has been listed as a “controlled substance” since the beginning of the drug war in the United States. Unlike marijuana varieties of the plant, hemp is not bred to create high quantities of the drug THC. Read The Full Story