Monday, May 12, 2008

CLIPS

The battle over voting rights will expand this week as lawmakers in Missouri are expected to support a proposed constitutional amendment to enable election officials to require proof of citizenship from anyone registering to vote. The measure would allow far more rigorous demands than the voter ID requirement recently upheld by the Supreme Court, in which voters had to prove their identity with a government-issued card. Sponsors of the amendment - which requires the approval of voters to go into effect, possibly in an August referendum - say it is part of an effort to prevent illegal immigrants from affecting the political process. Critics say the measure could lead to the disenfranchisement of tens of thousands of legal residents who would find it difficult to prove their citizenship.

Jeff Brown was walking his bicycle - across his own front yard - when he was stopped by a police officer. The cop began to cite him for not having a headlight on the bike, then said, "I smell the presence of alcohol on your breath". Jeff was stunned - and refused to take a breath test. Result: convicted of drunk driving - with four days in jail, a 6-month driver’s license suspension and a criminal record. So Jeff decided to appeal. . . and started looking into why the Ohio Legislature in 2004 had changed the drunk driving laws from driving motor vehicles to include operating such "vehicles" as golf carts, lawn mowers, farm tractors and bicycles – and from driving on public roads to include driving on your own private property. DUI Blog


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