STAFF NEWS & ANALYSIS
Legal Round Up: 3 Articles on the Law, and Fighting Back
By The Daily Bell Staff - September 05, 2017

In China, Foreigners Can Buy a Marriage

China is a dystopian nightmare for many who live there. Yet even the hardcore communist regime cannot keep a little freedom off the black market.

For many immigrants and foreign workers in China, they are even lower on the social ladder than the peasants. These people cannot own property, and often their children are not allowed to attend school.

But someone found a solution. Fake marriages. Foreigners in China are “marrying” Chinese citizens, even when the foreigner is sometimes already married. This helps foreigners living in Beijing buy property there. It also helps migrant workers send their kids to school and meld into a normal life.

This arrangement has increased since China responded to crowded conditions with more restrictions on foreigners. It sounds a lot like foreigners in America who get married in order to obtain a green card.

Governments just can’t keep creative black market businesses from flourishing when their restrictions leave no other choice.

We’ve even heard of straight men in the military marrying other men to take advantage of the benefits.

Prison Time for Thwarting Emissions Regulations

Volkswagen found that they could not design a diesel engine that would meet federal pollution requirements. So instead, they created software that would cheat the regulations.

Now, a Volkswagon engineer has been sentenced to 40 months in prison for his role in faking the emissions standards.

His crime is basically trying to continue doing business while being obstructed by the government. Is America a free country? They arbitrarily limit the products companies can create. Then they throw a man in prison for breaking their stupid rules.

Courts Actually Holding Police Accountable

 

Let’s end on a positive note. An appeals court has issued a ruling that protects two important ways of holding police accountable.

First, it should be a little harder for police to charge everything that moves with “obstruction.” The court ruling that says the First Amendment protects speech critical of police officers.

The case stemmed from a man who stepped onto his porch while the police arrested his wife in their driveway. He came outside to yell to them that they were overreacting to her failure to obey orders to walk backwards towards them. She was partially handicapped and could not easily comply.

When the man did not go back into his house he was arrested. He never even moved towards the police. He simply spoke to them while they were trying to arrest his wife. That was enough for them to charge him with obstruction.

Turns out they didn’t even have cause to arrest the wife either. She was the passenger in a car which crossed the center line of the road, and then drove for 40 whole seconds before pulling over, into the woman’s driveway.

So the courts said the lawsuit against the officers on Constitutional rights violations may move forward. The court found no reason for them to be granted sovereign immunity, and be shielded from lawsuits.

Unfortunately, the decision was not unanimous. A dissenting judge said he thinks holding police accountable for their actions will make it harder for them to do their jobs.

More bad news: this judge was considered by Trump for the Supreme Court.

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  • Licia

    While living in Taiwan I was invited to a fake marriage between an american and a taiwanese, the american got several thousand $$ for marrying the taiwanese allowing him to live and work in the states.

  • China is NOT an extreme communist state any longer. More like a distorted view of capitalism very similar to what we now have here in USA . We have no free markets at all and are in fact closer to communism than they are in many ways. Nothing new at all except to those who have not been paying attention for years.

    http://www.downtoearththinking.com/the-war-for-our-minds-.html

    • Doc

      Yeah, most countries in the West have more communist features than China. They are all mostly fascist nowadays.

      The black market in China is probably 90% of all transactions. Nobody pays the VAT, they all pay cash (even when millions of RMB), few pay income tax and businesses maintain up to four different sets of accounts to avoid paying taxes.

      As long as you don’t challange the China rulers, you never hear from them. So what you read in the West is mostly propaganda to have you believe we are a lot freer here.

  • john cummins

    Trump has done 2 good things 1) gotten out of the Paris accords, 2) called out FakeNews, most of which IS. Most everything else has been a “total disaster”. Especially frightening is his being wagged around by the Pentagon, and his super support for the corrupt police, to the point of no warrants needed. This article shows he is no better on judge appointments. Could the Witch have done any worse? Probably, yes! Woe is us.

  • Rich Angley

    What is the name of the judge being considered for SCOTUS please? We need to make sure he is never considered again.

  • Bill Ross
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