Friday, June 06, 2008

Is the DC checkpoint plan unconstitutional

The Volokh Conspiracy -Orin Kerr says...: "It turns out that there's a fairly specific Fourth Amendment law of automobile checkpoints, and that we can look to those cases to see how the DC law fits in. My bottom line: I think the DC checkpoint plan is pretty clearly unconstitutional."

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

DCist: Police to Seal Off D.C. Neighborhoods: "Can you say Police State? The Examiner has the scoop on a controversial new program announced today that would create so-called 'Neighborhood Safety Zones' which would serve to partially seal off certain parts of the city. D.C. Police would set-up checkpoints in targeted areas, demand to see ID and refuse admittance to people who don't live there, work there or have a “legitimate reason” to be there."
You have to admit it--there is something to this idea that municipalities are trying to emulate gated communities.

Report: Ed McMahon's home faces foreclosure -

Report: Ed McMahon's home faces foreclosure - "LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- The foreclosure problems sweeping the United States apparently have ensnared Ed McMahon, who is best known as Johnny Carson's sidekick on "The Tonight Show... The newspaper reported that ReconTrust, a division of Countrywide Financial, filed a notice of default related to a loan for McMahon's house in Los Angeles County Recorder's Court on Feb. 28. It said his house has been on the market for about two years.
They say he's $644,000 behind on his mortgage payments. I guess that would lead a lender to start thinking about foreclosure.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

L.A. Land : Los Angeles Times : In Escondido: Buy one (house), get one free.

L.A. Land : Los Angeles Times : In Escondido: Buy one (house), get one free.: "In a sign of how difficult it is to sell new homes in Southern California right now, a San Diego developer is offering a 'buy one, get one free' deal, pairing million-dollar homes with less expensive homes."
Pretty soon they'll be giving you a free house as an inducement to buy a tank of gas.

Man loses home over $580 -

Man loses home over $580 - "TAMPA, Fla., June 2 (UPI) -- A Florida man who fell behind on dues to his homeowners association because of illness lost his house in foreclosure over a debt of $580.

Gregory Green said the board of directors of The Glen at River Ridge near Tampa showed little compassion when they voted to foreclose on his property, the Tampa Tribune reported Monday.

While Green's case appears extreme, attorneys say many Florida homeowners are losing their homes over a few hundred dollars in delinquent homeowner assessments."

Here is yet another example of this thing the industry keeps telling us doesn't really happen. Fred Pilot sent me the link.