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Friday, July 3, 2009

Independence Day with Steve Poizner on Liberty, Anti-terror Policy & Iran, and Manny Klausner on Sotomayor and Equality, Sat. July 4, 2009

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California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner on Monday ordered all insurance companies doing business in the state to report investments that might benefit Iran, investments he said harm national security as well as the state's insurance buyers. A bold move, smart and effective, a model for other states to follow. Steve will talk about his plan. We'll also ask him what he would do in this current situation with CA's State budget crisis, and what about the water crisis in the Central Valley?

Manny Klausner, Trustee of Reason Foundation and co-author of CA Prop 209, which banned race based hiring and admissions by State of CA government agencies, joins me to talk about Supreme Court Justice nominee, Sonia Sotomayor and the Supreme Court's ruling on Monday, against the City of New Haven's discrimination case.

The Supreme Court ruled that a group of white and Hispanic firefighters in New Haven, Conn., were unfairly denied promotions because of their race after the city decided not to certify the results of a civil service exam in order to avoid a charge of discrimination from a different group of firefighters.
The city of New Haven said it decided to throw out the test to avoid a lawsuit from black firefighters because it might have been vulnerable to claims that the exam had a "disparate impact" on minorities in violation of the Civil Rights Act.
The court's 5-4 vote decision reverses a ruling that nominee Sonia Sotomayor supported as a court of appeals judge.
What's more striking is that the court was unanimous (9-0), in rejecting the Sotomayor panel's specific holding...that New Haven's decision to spurn the test results must be upheld based solely on the fact that highly disproportionate numbers of blacks had done badly on the exam and might file a "disparate-impact" lawsuit -- regardless of whether the exam was valid or the lawsuit could succeed.
Should Republicans force a vigorous debate over Sotomayor's appointment hearings? Or should they avoid any conflict? Join us for hot talk radio, Saturday at 11 PT on CRN.

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Botched Paramilitary Police Raids: An Epidemic of "Isolated Incidents"

"If a widespread pattern of [knock-and-announce] violations were shown . . . there would be reason for grave concern." —Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in Hudson v. Michigan, June 15, 2006. An interactive map of botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids, released in conjunction with the Cato policy paper "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids," by Radley Balko. What does this map mean? How to use this map View Original Map and Database

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Death of an innocent. Death or injury of a police officer. Death of a nonviolent offender.
Raid on an innocent suspect. Other examples of paramilitary police excess. Unnecessary raids on doctors and sick people.
The proliferation of SWAT teams, police militarization, and the Drug War have given rise to a dramatic increase in the number of "no-knock" or "quick-knock" raids on suspected drug offenders. Because these raids are often conducted based on tips from notoriously unreliable confidential informants, police sometimes conduct SWAT-style raids on the wrong home, or on the homes of nonviolent, misdemeanor drug users. Such highly-volatile, overly confrontational tactics are bad enough when no one is hurt -- it's difficult to imagine the terror an innocent suspect or family faces when a SWAT team mistakenly breaks down their door in the middle of the night. But even more disturbing are the number of times such "wrong door" raids unnecessarily lead to the injury or death of suspects, bystanders, and police officers. Defenders of SWAT teams and paramilitary tactics say such incidents are isolated and rare. The map above aims to refute that notion.

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