The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) filed a constitutional challenge against the Ontario government over the implementation of vaccine passports, which were mandated in the province’s Superior Court of Justice. The JCCF said in a statement released on Monday that the challenge is brought on behalf of eight Ontarians who “who are exercising their Charter rights and freedoms by not taking one or more doses of the Covid vaccine.” Among those refusing doses of the vaccine are Sarah Lamb of Kitchener, Ontario, who says she had a severe reaction from taking the first dose, and has since decided to not get the second dose. Lamb says she has been unable to obtain a medical exemption. “With respect to owners of businesses and organizations, the vaccine passports compel them to enforce unconstitutional laws, as well as laws that would typically be considered to violate human rights legislation. Ontarians should not be forced to discriminate and exclude others from society on the basis of a personal and private medical decision,” wrote JCCF lawyer Jorge Pineda in the statement.
Law & Crime
Ever since the Jan. 6 incursion into the U.S. Capitol, it has been difficult to discern truth from falsity in regard to the events that occurred that day. While much of that confusion has been due to dishonest coverage from the establishment media, one Capitol Police officer was indicted last week for his alleged efforts to muddy the waters. According to The Associated Press, Michael A. Riley was charged with obstruction of justice for helping to hide evidence about one man’s participation in the events of Jan. 6. Riley was accused of messaging the participant and telling him to remove any Facebook posts proving his involvement in the Capitol incursion. The indictment said Riley, 50, has served for nearly a quarter of a decade as a Capitol Police officer. It added he was not on the property at the Capitol building on Jan. 6 but responding to reports of a pipe bomb in a nearby area. Riley did not know the person allegedly involved in the riot, referred to simply as “Person 1” in the indictment. He became Facebook friends with Person 1 on Jan. 1 after learning of him through “fishing-related Facebook groups.” […] Person 1 had posted pictures, video and commentary on Jan. 7 about his involvement in the previous day’s events.
For a long time, based on a few short snippets of random videos that people outside and inside the Capitol shot on January 6, conservatives have been arguing that significant numbers of the people who entered the Capitol that day did so because the Capitol Police let them in. Their presence there wasn’t an insurrection or even an unauthorized trespass — they had a right to be there once the “guardians” of the Capitol opened the door. Now the official video from the Capitol confirms that those snippets were accurate. January 6 defendants and conservative media outlets have been demanding for ten months that the Department of Justice release the 14,000 hours of footage it has showing what happened at the Capitol on that day. An administration dedicated to truth and a prosecution abiding by the principle that the government must make exculpatory material available to the defense would have long ago complied with those requests. But the Biden DOJ is made of sterner, and possibly more corrupt, stuff. It took a court order to make the DOJ disgorge just some of the footage it has. And let me note that the motion to produce that Ethan Nordean, a defendant, filed asking for material to which he is entitled under the law wasn’t enough.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightweight Lightfoot recently said the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police was trying to “induce an insurrection” by pushing back against vaccine mandates. Au contraire. It is Mayor Lightfoot who is trying to subvert the Constitution, take away personal autonomy, and — ironically — institute a police state. Tyrannical Democrats — and there don’t appear to be many who don’t fit that description today — are now accusing any group of people standing up for their inherent rights of fomenting an “insurrection.” A few hundred people walking through the Capitol wearing MAGA hats or Viking horns? Insurrection! A handful of parents vociferously disagreeing with a school board’s attempt to shamelessly indoctrinate their kids? Insurrection! A union of public safety officers publicly stating that they own their own bodies? Insurrection! Forget to put your car license tabs on by the expiration date? Insurrection! For the same reasons, Democrats and their media sycophants now label anything with which they disagree “misinformation.” This is the most dangerous time in American history since the Civil War. Back then, Democrats desperately wanted to keep the institution of slavery.
The attorneys general of 17 U.S. states have formed a coalition denouncing the Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI for attempting to “chill lawful dissent by parents voiced during local school board meetings.” Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita and 16 other state chief legal officers signed a letter to President Joe Biden on Monday, blasting the president over an October 4 DOJ memo directing the FBI to investigate and potentially crack down on “a disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence” at local school board meetings. Rokita’s letter was cosigned by the attorneys general of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah. The state attorneys general accused the Biden administration of targeting parents with the memo and attempting to chill criticism of progressive school curriculum and strict COVID policies such as school mask mandates. The joint letter states that the DOJ memo violates parents’ First Amendment and 14th Amendment rights by suppressing free speech and unduly interfering in a parent’s right to raise his child.
“Anarchist” rioters, commemorating an activist’s death, rampaged through downtown Portland, Oregon, last week causing nearly half a million dollars in damages, but police say they were powerless to control the mob because of a new law that restricts the use of tear gas, pepper spray, and other items typically deployed to control unruly crowds. “A group of about 100 demonstrators broke windows and left graffiti scrawled on downtown Portland buildings Tuesday night at the end of a gathering commemorating the anniversary of a local activist’s death,” The Oregonian reported over the weekend. “Police eventually declared the event an unlawful assembly, according to social media posts from the demonstration, after some people lit fires in the street and set off fireworks.” “No arrests have been made and investigations are underway,” according to law enforcement sources that spoke to the outlet. “The damage is believed to be over $500,000, and 35 separate locations were targeted, including banks, retail stores, coffee shops, and government buildings, according to police, who referred to the demonstrators as ‘anarchists.’”