Last week a judge sentenced conservative author Dinesh D'Souza, one of the most brilliant conservative political writers of the modern era, to eight months in a halfway house and probation. He was also ordered to pay a $30,000 fine within 45 days. What was his alleged crime? He made two contributions to a losing political campaign under the names of friends. D'Souza accepted a plea agreement admitting he used straw donors to donate $20,000 to the U.S. Senate campaign of Wendy Long, a friend of his. Federal campaign law limits contributors to U.S. Senate campaigns to $5,000 each.
At first glance one is inclined to think, "you commit a crime, you deserve the punishment." But a closer look reveals that he is not being punished equally compared to others who did the same thing - in fact he is being punished much more severely than Democrats who did much worse. There are myriads of campaign laws the average person has no idea exist. The laws have become so complex, vast - and there are multiple layers: federal, state, local laws and regulations. Many conservative intellectuals like D'Souza are vastly experienced with policy - but not campaigns/elections, which are a completely different world.
This incident reminds me of one of my favorite books, Three Felonies a Day, written by Harvey Silverglate, a criminal defense attorney, who explains how the average American unknowingly commits three felonies a day. As bright as D'Souza is, I guarantee you he did not realize there was a severe penalty for merely giving money to two friends, who then donated it to an obviously losing political campaign. more >>
WASHINGTON — Attacks on citizens' freedom of speech was a topic of discussion at the ninth annual Values Voter Summit in Washington, where a panel highlighted examples of censorship and government encroachment on religious freedom in the U.S. and Canada.
Charles McVety, president of Canada Christian College, explained that, in Canada, Christian pastors have been fined or censored for expressing socially conservative views on the air or even attempting to do so.
"I have experienced a lot of censorship and have also been censored by our government for not speaking with a politically correct tone," he said, emphasizing that the Canadian government monitors and censors sermons broadcast on television. more >>
SANTA ANA, Calif. — Family members of Pastor Chuck Smith, the founder of Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa, have filed a lawsuit against the church, claiming elder abuse and wrongful takeover of his property, according to local news reports and court records. Smith had been struggling with lung cancer and died last October.
UPDATE: A Facebook post by son, Chuck Smith, Jr., was forwarded to The Christian Post by a Facebook friend of his over the weekend that indicates in a letter that he is in strong disagreement with the lawsuit. Because it was unclear if the post came from a private profile page, a decision was made to not run any portion of the letter from Chuck Smith, Jr. until approved. A full, updated article is scheduled for publication.
The suit was filed on behalf of Smith's wife, Kay, by daughter, Janette Smith Manderson. It has been reported that Kay Smith has dementia. According to the lawsuit, Smith's illness and resulting death was exacerbated by the negligent care of a nurse, chosen by his son-in-law, Brian Brodersen. more >>
The murder of Meredith Kercher has become an inspiration for BBC to create a film, but Amanda Knox's lawyers have threatened to sue if the film goes out. The film has already won the approval of Meredith's family and is to star Kate Beckinsale and Cara Delevingne.
The film will be based on the book "Angel Face" written by CNN journalist Barbie Latza Nadeau. Nadeau was the one who covered the murder of Kercher in 2007 at the hilltop university town of Perugia.
Kercher, then 21, was found in the cottage she shared with Amanda Knox -- half-naked and her throat slit. Knox had been the first to tip the police to the crime but she was then labeled as a prime suspect. Knox and her then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito served four years in jail for murder and was then released on appeal in 2011. The pair were then re-convicted earlier this year. more >>
A Pennsylvania rape victim is being blamed in part by the Attorney General for her own rape, causing outrage across the state and nation.
A 24-year-old former state prison clerk was raped by inmate Omar Best while working at Rockview State Prison. Best was already charged with assaulting a female employee at a different facility and was transferred to Rockview when the rape occurred. The victim filed a lawsuit against the Department of Corrections, triggering the response from the Attorney General's office.
"Some or all of the damages plaintiff have alleged are in part, or substantially due, to the acts of third parties other than the answering defendants, and/or plaintiff acted in a manner which in whole or in part contributed to the events which led to the damages plaintiff has alleged in her complaint," AG Kathleen Lane wrote in court documents. more >>
The center of the Roman Catholic Church has put a defrocked archbishop under house arrest, pending his criminal trial over accusations of sexual abuse.
Vatican City officials placed 66-year-old Jozef Wesolowski, former ambassador of the Holy See and archbishop, under house arrest due to the city-state lacking a proper jailhouse.
"It is the first time the Vatican will hold a criminal trial on charges of child sexual abuse, and it comes as Pope Francis has been trying to set a new tone of rigorous attention in the long-running abuse scandal," reported the New York Times. more >>