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 […]

A Big Day in Flex Your Rights History

It was 10 years ago today that Flex Your Rights was born. On July 12, 2002, Steve Silverman filed articles of incorporation in Washington, DC, making the organization official. I’m not sure what I expected when I showed up to volunteer a year later, but what I found was just Steve. He was broke and […]

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 […]

What If Police Smell Weed?

One of the most common questions we get at Flex Your Rights is how to handle a situation in which police smell weed (or claim to smell weed). This can happen whether or not you actually have marijuana and police actually smell it, so it’s a situation everyone should be prepared for. My latest YouTube […]