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In July, the state of Kentucky sent a check to the state’s American Civil Liberties Union chapter for $121,000 as costs awarded in a 2000 lawsuit in which the state was forced by a court to remove a Ten Commandments monument from state Capitol grounds. According to a Louisville Courier-Journal report, that brings to nearly $700,000 that the state has been forced to pay the ACLU in the last 10 years as costs for challenging various unconstitutional moves by the state.
Police officer James Marriner, 43, appeared at a hearing in Brisbane, Australia, in September on 15 counts related to sexual harassment of members of the Bible-based community he lived in near Ipswich, Queensland. Among the accusations: Marriner had requested nude photos, confidential sexual histories, and pubic-hair samples from well-meaning community members who had conscientiously agreed to help the local police crack a “pedophile ring” (which apparently existed only in Marriner’s mind). Reportedly, being a police officer in such a sheltered community was a high-status job that gave him unusual powers of persuasion.
For a September story in the Daily Nebraskan, University of Nebraska junior Dustin Rewinkel proudly and patiently explained to a reporter the secrets of his success in stealing street signs in the city of Lincoln (bragging that with basic tools, he could grab a sign in minutes and in fact had “more than a dozen” already). Not surprisingly, Lincoln police read the article, got a search warrant for Rewinkel’s apartment, recovered 13 signs, and charged him on suspicion of possessing stolen property.
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