Nine years ago, Peter Kyllo was busted for growing pot out of his closets. Although he had done a good job shielding his home-horticulture from the cop's watchful eye, a thermal device that scans for "hot spots" informed local enforcement agents that there were more than skeletons in Kyllo's closet.
In mid-June the Supreme Court announced a decision in favor of the Oregon pot-grower. Surprisingly, the usually law-and-order Supreme Court announced that advances in technology should not take away from the basic constitutional tenet that a man's home is his castle--even if he's growing pot in his closets.
Meanwhile, Gov. Kitzhaber signed a bill that allows police to expand their use of listening devices. More than a decade ago, body wires were disallowed in Oregon. But, the hard-nosed Kevin Mannix (infamous for drafting Measure 7 and its mandatory minimum sentences) pushed through SB 654 in late June, which gives this right back to police. PHIL BUSSE
Clearing The Air
Hiphop has often been about kicking status-quo booty. But when aired on public airwaves, that insurrection has limits.
When KBOO DJ Deena Barnwell aired a black, feminist response to misogynist lyrics almost two years ago, she discovered exactly how serious the FCC can be. Ironically, the FCC found the lyrics to the song--Sarah Jones' "Your Revolution--to be "indecent." Barnwell was temporarily suspended and, ultimately, moved to the Sunday graveyard shift. Still pursuing the infraction, in mid-May the FCC handed down a $7,000 fine against the station.
But, KBOO and Barnwell aren't taking the FCC's policing lying down. On July 11, Radical Women, a feminist socialist organization, will join Barnwell at the Bread and Roses Center (819 N Killingsworth, 7 pm) to rant against the FCC.
"We are trying to get the word out so that people know that the FCC has attacked black feminist women's freedom of speech and to place pressure on the FCC," said Jennifer Laverdure, a coordinator for Bread and Roses.
While KBOO is exploring the appeals process--including on-going discussions with the ACLU--the cost to pursue legal avenues is prohibitive. "It's a double-edged sword," said Barnwell. "We can't afford to appeal, and yet to pay the fine is to say I'm wrong." SARAH CAMPBELL