Should we trust police officers? Are police officers allowed to lie to you? Yes the Supreme Court has ruled that police officers can lie to the American people. Police officers are trained at lying, twisting words and being manipulative. Police officers and other law enforcement agents are very skilled at getting information from people. So don’t try to “out smart” a police officer and don’t try being a “smooth talker” because you will lose! If you can keep your mouth shut, you just might come out ahead more than you expected.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Appeals court limits sheriff in fight over online sex ads

By  ChicagoTribune

A federal appeals court in Chicago has ordered Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart to cease any contact with credit card companies as part of his campaign against online sex ads on the classified ad website Backpage.com.

Lawyers for Backpage appealed a district judge's refusal to grant a preliminary injunction against Dart that would force the sheriff to retract statements he made in a series of "cease and desist" letters sent to Visa and MasterCard earlier this year. Oral arguments were heard by a three-judge panel last week.


In its order Monday, the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals issued a no-contact order forbidding Dart's office from "taking any actions to formally or informally request, direct, persuade, coerce, or threaten credit card companies" to get them to terminate relationships with Backpage.

The ruling does not affect Backpage's ongoing federal lawsuit against Dart that seeks damages for what the website claims was a crippling financial blow.

In late June, Dart sent letters on the sheriff's official letterhead asking the credit card companies to "immediately cease and desist from allowing your credit cards to be used to place ads" on Backpage. Within 48 hours, Visa and MasterCard announced their withdrawal from the site.

Backpage then filed its lawsuit alleging that Dart's efforts violated First Amendment protections and unlawfully cut off nearly all the site's revenue.

In his ruling in August denying a preliminary injunction, U.S. District Judge John Tharp wrote that Dart's letters to the credit card companies could have been construed as threats but that they did not amount to censorship because the sheriff had no legal authority to force the companies to act.

Tharp said evidence actually showed that MasterCard had "taken steps to disaffiliate with Backpage" well before Dart sent the letters.

The judge also said he considered "the profound interests of the victims of the human trafficking that Backpage's advertising facilitates, including their safety, their dignity and their very lives."

A spokeswoman for the sheriff had no immediate comment, and lawyers for Backpage could not be reached.







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