100 Days Ago Mark Schmidter Was Jailed for THIS?

UPDATE (June 3, 2013): According to the “We Are Mark Schmidter” Facebook page, Mark will be released from jail tomorrow after serving 104 days of his 141-day sentence. 100 days ago Mark Schmidter began his 141-day jail sentence. His crime? He handed out this jury rights flyer (PDF) to passersby on the sidewalk outside the […]

Top DHS Checkpoint Refusals [Video]

Did you see this yet? I don’t like to take credit for videos we didn’t make, but watching these brave citizens effectively “flex” their rights makes me feel like a proud parent. (Sniffle.) Aside from exposing the legal farce of these internal DHS “security” checkpoints, the phrase “Am I free to go” has taken on […]

Jury Duty: The Next Flex Thing

Contents: 1. What Judges Won’t Tell You 2. Movie Plot 3. Campaign Objectives 4. Budget, Plan & Timeline 5. Keep in the Loop & Donate Since 2002, Flex Your Rights’ films have taught you and yours how to “flex” your constitutional rights on the road, in your home, and on the streets. (33 million YouTube views later, I think we covered ‘em […]

Flex Your Rights on “The Good Wife”

If you haven’t seen it yet, you must watch the season premiere of The Good Wife. The central plot line is based on the Breakfast in Collinsville viral video produced by our friend Terrance Huff. Like the real life incident, the show depicts an illegal search based on a bogus drug dog alert. (It also […]

Keep Calm: We’ve Redesigned Our Website

I admit it: You might not like our new website. (In fact, you might hate it.) That’s okay. I understand that it might look a bit odd at first. But for all the reasons why you might hate it, here are three reasons why you’ll eventually love it. #1: WTF?! The huge sliding image thing […]

10 Years of Flexing Hard: A Retrospective

My fiancée was out of town last Saturday, so I hung out at a bar with Scott Morgan. We reminisced about our amazing 10-year partnership. (In fact, Scott will be the best man at my wedding next spring!) When we met, I was a 25-year-old trying my darndest to look like an earnest khaki-clad non-profit […]

Mapp v. Ohio: The Exclusionary Rule

Mapp v. Ohio 367 U.S. 643, 81 S.Ct. 1684, 6 L.Ed.2d 1081 (1961) Police officers forcibly entered Dollree Mapp’s home in search of a bombing suspect. In the course of the search, officers failed to produce a valid search warrant and denied Mapp contact with her attorney, who was present at the scene. While the […]

Illinois v. Caballes: Dog Sniffs & You

In Illinois v. Caballes, the Supreme Court ruled that police do not need reasonable suspicion to use drug dogs to sniff a vehicle during a legitimate traffic stop. This decision stems from the case of Roy Caballes, who was pulled over for speeding and subsequently arrested for marijuana trafficking after a drug dog was brought […]

7 Rules for Recording Police

This article by Steve Silverman originally appeared April 5, 2012 in Reason.com. It’s been updated to include new information regarding recent rulings in favor of citizens’ right to record. Last week the City of Boston agreed to pay Simon Glik $170,000 in damages and legal fees to settle a civil rights lawsuit stemming from his 2007 […]

Steve Silverman & Scott Morgan on Freedom Watch with Judge Napolitano

Scott Morgan and I were honored to discuss 10 Rules for Dealing with Police with Judge Andrew Napolitano. (Air Date: Nov 29, 2010.) Here’s to hoping the good judge gets a new show soon. I watched it; I loved it; it’s right on the law, and everybody should see it. — Judge Napolitano on 10 Rules for Dealing with Police

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