Can I keep my handgun or firearm in the secured but unlocked glove box or console of my car in Virginia?

Posted Posted in Civil Rights, Criminal Law, False Imprisonment, Fourth Amendment

Q. Is it legal to have a handgun or other firearm in the unlocked but secured glove box or console of my car in Virginia without a concealed weapons permit? A. YES. The Virginia Court of Appeals addressed this issue in 2013.  They answered that it was not illegal.   The Virginia Attorney General also […]

Challenging Local Criminal Ordinances In Virginia

Posted Posted in Civil Rights, Criminal Law, Due Process, Freedom of Speech and Press, Religious Freedom

Challenging Local Criminal Ordinances in Virginia Attacking the Validity of a Local Ordinance – A Good Defense! The best defense often is a good offense, even when facing criminal charges. This is especially true when the crime charged is the violation of a city or county ordinance. Defendants can always argue they did not commit […]

Can I sue a police officer for Brady violations – for concealment, doctoring, or destruction of evidence?

Posted Posted in Civil Rights, Due Process

Can I sue a police officer for Brady violations? § 1983 action against police officer for Brady violations–concealment, doctoring, or destruction of evidence Summary of Brady Law ____________________________________________________  What is Brady?  What is a Brady Violation? In Brady v. Maryland, the Supreme Court held “that the suppression by the prosecution of evidence favorable to an […]

Are public employees protected against discharge and retaliation for things they say as a citizen?

Posted Posted in Civil Rights, First Amendment, Freedom of Speech and Press

Are public employees protected against discharge and retaliation for things they say as a citizen? Public employees do not shed constitutional protections when they enter the work place.    In the absence of proof that the public employee knowingly or recklessly made false statements, a public or government employee has a right to speak as […]

Unreasonable Force in “Terry Stop” Gives Rise to Officer Liability

Posted Posted in Assault & Battery, Civil Rights, Excessive Force, Fourth Amendment, Personal Injury Law

En Español Quarter Million Dollar Verdict to Richmond Police Officer Wesley Moore, represented by Civil Rights Attorneys Tom Roberts and Andrew Bodoh. On January 30, 2013, a Richmond jury awarded a $250,000 to Richmond police officer Wesley Moore against a junior patrol officer for battery arising from a August 10, 2010 stop in South Richmond. […]

THE GROWING POLICE STATE – FREEDOM FADING

Posted Posted in Civil Rights, Commentary, Freedom of Speech and Press

THE GROWING POLICE STATE – FREEDOM FADING Editorial Opinion – Freedom Works Foundation 1-27-2013 Chris Hawkins is one of a number of protesters who charged with trespass on the Virginia capitol grounds in violation of 18.2-119 and unlawful assembly in violation of 18.2-406 on March 3, 2012 while protesting legislation.  His story did not end […]

Religious Intolerance and Violence in Afghanistan

Posted Posted in Civil Rights, Commentary, First Amendment, Freedom of Speech and Press, Religious Freedom

Religious Intolerance and Violence in Afghanistan Editorial Opinion 4-3-2011 Recent violence in Afghanistan has killed many innocent lives as Afghans protest the March 22, 2011 burning of a copy of the Koran by a preacher in Florida who has more in common with shocks jocks Howard Stern and Don Imus than with Jesus. Afghan President […]

Freedom Works

Posted Posted in Civil Rights, Commentary, Freedom of Speech and Press, General, Religious Freedom

Freedom Works Commentary by Thomas H. Roberts, Esq. Founder of Freedom Works Foundation The United States of America was founded upon the ideal of Freedom. What is the origin of Freedom?  Adopted unanimously by the thirteen colonies July 4, 1776, the founders of this country declared: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men […]

Prior Restraint of Speech – First Amendment Violations

Posted Posted in Civil Rights, First Amendment, Freedom of Speech and Press, General

RIGHT TO BE FREE FROM PRIOR RESTRAINT AND CENSORSHIP IN VIRGINIA You Can Help Defray the Legal Fees of Cox and Karn – To Help In This Battle The law firm of Thomas H. Roberts & Associates, P.C., an affiliate law firm of Freedom Works Foundation, is proud to stand against prior restraints and censorship […]