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Albert Constantine Junior is the pseudonym of a Delaware native who grew up in the county council district once briefly represented by Joe Biden, and has followed the antics of the current occupant of the White House since that campaign. A fellow alumnus of the University of Delaware, following graduation, Albert spent the next few years on active duty with the United States Marine Corps, and the decade that followed in reserve status while pursuing a career in law enforcement that lasted more than thirty years in the state of his birth. As military and criminal justice policy is intertwined with politics, Albert has had the opportunity to observe and participate in this process as well at the state, local and national level, and occasionally feels the need to comment and opine on the issues of the day and historical events that have brought our country to the precarious point where it can currently be found. These observations and opinions are based on this knowledge and experience and are Albert's alone, and do not necessarily represent the viewpoints of any other family member or other Delaware resident (though it is unlikely that many will have a better recollection of events or facts that contradict most assertions).

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Playing By The Rules
Albert Constantine Junior 6/14/2021 2:02 PM
For nearly 25 years, I would watch only one Sunday newsmaker show. Ever since my local Fox affiliate started showing Fox News Sunday in the era before the Fox News Channel was actually available from my cable provider, I would tune in and watch Tony Snow, with whom I might not agree on everything, but I respected.


The Attack on Qualified Immunity Part V
Albert Constantine Junior 6/7/2021 2:04 PM
this is Part V of a multi-part series on Qualified Immunity for certain public officials, including law enforcement officers.


The Attack on Qualified Immunity: Part IV
Albert Constantine Junior 5/31/2021 2:02 PM
In Parts I and II, the concept of qualified immunity was discussed, as was the origin of the doctrine. Also noted was the fact that those who wished to remove this “good faith” protection for police officers in the legislative and judicial branches of government were making no efforts to eliminate the immunity that they enjoyed. In Part III, examples of “good faith” violations were explored, and the implications for removal of the protection were discussed.


The Attack on Qualified Immunity Part III
Albert Constantine Junior 5/17/2021 2:02 PM
In Parts I and II, the concept of qualified immunity was discussed, as was the origin of the doctrine. Also noted was the fact that those who wished to remove this “good faith” protection for police officers in the legislative and judicial branches of government were making no efforts to eliminate the immunity that they enjoyed. Qualified Immunity for law enforcement officers applies currently if the officer acting commits an act not known to be a violation at the time it was committed. For some, it is difficult to imagine a scenario where an act would not known to be wrong at the time it was committed. In order to clarify, I would point to an example from the movies that might make it clearer.


The Attack On Qualified Immunity (Part II)
Albert Constantine Junior 5/10/2021 2:03 PM
In Part I, we examined where the House of Representatives, operating behind the shield of legislative immunity, was attempting to eliminate Qualified Immunity as a defense against civil rights lawsuits for local and federal law enforcement officers. In this part, we will explore more closely the attack on qualified immunity for law enforcement officers by judges.


The fight to End Qualified Immunity- Part I
Albert Constantine Junior 5/3/2021 2:06 PM
Back in 1871, when the Ku Klux Klan was the terrorist wing of the democrat party in states that joined the former confederacy, Congress passed a statute currently codified as 42 U.S.C. 1983 which states today “Every person who, under color of any statute, ordinance, regulation, custom, or usage, of any State or Territory or the District of Columbia, subjects, or causes to be subjected, any citizen of the United States or other person within the jurisdiction thereof to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the Constitution and laws, shall be liable to the party injured in an action at law, suit in equity, or other proper proceeding for redress…”.


Rest In Peace, Officer Sicknick
Albert Constantine Junior 4/23/2021 10:46 AM
On April 19, the cause of death for Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick was released by the Medical Examiner for the District of Columbia and was reported by numerous media outlets. Officer Sicknick, who reports note had been a U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) Officer since 2008, died on January 7 as a result of two strokes in what was characterized as natural causes. Officer Sicknick’s tenure with the U.S. Capitol Police occurred during a tumultuous decade and a half in the legislative branch of the federal government. At the time of his arrival in 2008, the Speaker of the House was democrat Nancy Pelosi, and democrat Harry Reid was the Senate Majority Leader. He was not yet at Capitol Police when an intoxicated Representative Patrick Kennedy [(D-RI), son of then-Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA)] crashed into a barricade manned by the agency in 2006.


 

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