Wyoming Liberty Group
My Buddy JJ, his nickname after his inherited brand, would be described by all who know him as the quintessential Western Man, capable, tough, reliable, solid, an excellent Hunter and Horseman, a man of his word, a good neighbor, a Top Hand. His face lights up when he speaks of time spent, or to be spent with his daughter. In the manner of many solitary men, he considers problems, and issues for miles of distance on horse back or while driving a truck. When he states a viewpoint it is always well thought out, he has explored it from many angles. One afternoon as we discussed politics as he and I do, our heads tilted into a mild late January Wyoming breeze, his comment on grumbling people and the lack of voter participation was the above quote.
On August 13, 2015 the Casper Star Tribune ran a story entitled Natrona County students organize around ditching the dress code.
This is the introduction to a 2015 series on juvenile rights starting with one that happens to be in the news and that appears to be lawful protest through civil disobedience. Here is the story in brief.
Steve Klein talks civil asset forfeiture with Doug Randall on KGAB. Although the proceeds of drug crime should be forfeited, it should only come after a criminal conviction. Aug. 13, 2015
Steve Klein talks civil asset forfeiture with Chuck Gray on KVOC. Yes, proceeds of drug crimes should be forfeited, but only after a criminal conviction. Aug. 13, 2015
I discussed a variety of juvenile justice topics with Glenn Woods at the KYDT radio station in Gillette. The station staff was wonderfully friendly, professional and accommodating. Glenn Woods let my Airedale, Lucy right in the broadcast room. I love Wyoming. The interview aired on the same day on KYDT, KVOC, KOYA (SD), KBFS (SD), KPOK (ND). The Bold Republic is also syndicated.
Earlier this week the Legislative Service Office released two draft bills written at the request of the Joint Judiciary Committee of the Wyoming Legislature. Each bill would amend civil asset forfeiture under the Wyoming Controlled Substances Act (“WCSA”) in distinct ways. The committee will consider both bills at its meeting in Gillette next week. Civil asset forfeiture is a process by which police seize property—in Wyoming, usually cash, cars and firearms—that they suspect is related to the drug trade. The property owner must then go to civil court and prove that the property is legitimate, or else the state keeps it. Such laws have faced bipartisan criticism nationwide over the last few years, and here in Wyoming the saga continues. (Our civil forfeiture tag links to much of our work on the issue.)