Two Amazing Liberty Causes to Support: A Lions of Liberty Podcast Double Feature!
By: Marc Clair for Lions of Liberty
July 24, 2017
On today’s episode, Marc brings you a double dose of liberty with TWO interviews featuring TWO amazing liberty causes – that’s right, it’s a Liberty Double Feature! First, former Libertarian Party Presidential candidate Steve Kerbel pops in to tell us about his fight against government revenue generation via traffic fines with his “Stop the Shakedowns” ballot measure in Colorado! Then, Shaine Robbins of the Libertarian Party of Tennessee stops by to give us an update on everything that has been going on with the brave individuals who formed the Libertarian Party of Cuba, how they are being oppressed and what U.S. libertarians can do to to help!
Second in command at Morrison PD indicted, accused of stealing $100K+ from the town
By: Krystyna Biassou of KUSA
July 20, 2017
KUSA – A former Morrison police lieutenant was indicted for a laundry list of charges stemming from the accusation he stole more than $132,000 from the town.
Tuesday, a grand jury handed down a 29-count indictment against Anthony Joiner, 38, who was second in command at the Morrison Police Department at the time of the alleged crimes.
Joiner is accused of stealing more than $132,000 from the town between December 2010 and February 2016. He faces charges of theft, attempt to influence a public servant, embezzlement and forgery.
9News investigated the ticketing in Morrison and revealed how much money the town makes. Lt. Anthony Joiner, who is featured prominently this piece, is facing felony charges for stealing more than $100,000 from the town. Click here for the story from 2015.
Proposal: Don’t Let Government Agencies Profit from Fines
Brian Doherty for Reason Magazine
Monday, July 10, 2017
A proposal in Colorado aims to curb the cops’ incentives to mulct money from civilians. If it passes, state government entities won’t be allowed to keep the money they make through fines and other legal penalties.
The idea is being pushed by Steve Kerbel, a Libertarian Party activist who sought the group’s presidential nomination last year. He hopes to get the initiative on the state ballot in 2018.
Kerbel’s law wouldn’t prohibit the government from fining people. He’s just trying to remove an incentive for police to go out of their way to fine people. For offenses with victims, his proposal would dictate that the money from fines go to victim reimbursement. Otherwise, the fined citizen can direct the money to a “registered and legitimate” charity, as per the language Kerbel earlier suggested at the website Being Libertarian.
As Kerbel told the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, “the deterrent remains. The fines are still payable, but the government just can’t have them.”
Libertarian wants end to governments’ ability to profit from fines
By: Charles Ashby for Grand Junction Sentinel
Sunday, July 9, 2017
When the Colorado Legislature proposed and the governor later signed a bill limiting law enforcement’s use of civil asset forfeiture laws, police, prosecutors and even some county commissioners hit the roof.
They all said they needed the ability to keep such assets to help them fight crime.
Now, a former Libertarian Party presidential candidate who lives in Littleton wants to take that idea one step further.
Steve Kerbel, who vied to be his party’s presidential nominee last year, submitted a proposed ballot measure Thursday that would prevent any Colorado governmental entity from the state on down from keeping any money they collect from fines or penalties.
Kerbel’s thinking is that most of those fines are not intended to dissuade people from doing bad things, but as a means to enrich governments or pad their ever-shrinking budgets.
“I’m not saying that every fine is for self-enrichment, but what I am saying is that we have given the government the privilege to enforce laws, and they have abused their authority,” Kerbel said.
“The goal here is to bring forth judicious enforcement based on the real intent of the law, rather than just taking advantage of the letter of the law.”
His proposal, which if approved would be on the 2018 ballot, would not limit or do away with fines, but redirect them.
Instead of the fining agency keeping that money, it first would go to reimburse a victim for any financial losses.
If there is no victim, such as in a speeding incident, the money would go to a charity of the fine payer’s choice.
Colorado Challenges Police to Serve and Protect, Not Fine and Collect
By: Jay Stooksberry for Foundation for Economic Education
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Colorado was ahead of the national curve when it legalized sales of recreational marijuana in 2012. Now it is yet again on the verge of being the standard bearer for another set of issues that are dear to the hearts of liberty movement: challenging law enforcement protocol that is more interested in generating revenue through onerous fines for victimless crimes than revenue raising.
The man behind this effort is a Colorado resident, entrepreneur, and political activist. Based in Colorado Springs, Steve Kerbel is a former CEO and Libertarian Party presidential candidate. An activist at heart, Kerbel has never backed down from a fight with a government entity, including a legal fight with his state’s securities office.
“When government unfairly shakes down business and private citizens, the only winner is government,” Kerbel states. “The people lose every time.”
Ahead of the midterm elections, Kerbel is preparing to launch “Stop the Shakedowns”— a campaign which seeks to introduce a unique statewide measure in Colorado that will likely set off alarms in the law enforcement community. If successful, his efforts would create a template that can be used in other states.
Boulder police ticketing for not pushing the button at crosswalks
By: Ashley Michels for KDVR
July 19, 2017
“We want to educate people on the safety of traveling through crosswalks as well as the intersections,” Boulder Transportation Planner Matthew Jones said.
According to city-provided data, 60 percent of crashes with serious and fatal injuries happen in crosswalks. Overall, crosswalks are the most common locations for collisions between vehicles and pedestrians.
“It’s something that we’re tackling here in Boulder, statewide and nationally and these crosswalk crashes and collisions are something that we deal with,” Jones said.
Police will be specifically monitoring three city traffic ordinances:
• Pedestrians and cyclists must press the “walk” button before entering the crosswalk, or face a $50 fine.
• Cyclists must slow to 8mph while crossing, or face a $50 fine.
• Drivers must stop at crosswalks if pedestrians are present and allow them to cross, or face a $125 fine.
News 5 Investigates: Did the City of Pueblo shorten lights at red light camera intersections to generate revenue?
By: Eric Ross for KOAA
Jun 15, 2017
New questions are being raised over whether red light cameras in Pueblo are more about revenue and less about safety.
News 5 Investigates has discovered the city is giving drivers less time to get through those intersections which potentially increases your chance of getting a ticket.
The National Motorists Association Foundation which independently studies photo radar and camera enforcement systems calls our findings “concerning”.
Almost from the start, installing red light cameras has been a controversial topic, and now the focus has shifted to how they are timed.
Colorado city announces ‘zero tolerance’ for violators of the leash law
By: Jordan Chavez for KUSA
June 13, 2017
If you’re a pet owner who enjoys letting your dog off its leash while on a walk, you may want to reconsider.
Lafayette police announced Tuesday on Facebook they will have zero tolerance for anyone who violates the city’s leash law. There will be extra patrols in neighborhoods, parks and open spaces looking for anyone breaking this particular law, according to the post.
The only exemptions of the law are dogs under the control of a public law enforcement agency or dogs in areas designated and posted by the city allowing them to be off their leashes, according to the city’s ordinance.
Police said the increased patrols come after an increase in complaints of dogs off their leashes.
If you’re caught breaking the leash law, it will cost you close to $150 the first time. A second offense is double that amount. If you violate the city’s law a third time, you’ll be required to appear in court.