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Crimcast is a virtual resource devoted to critical conversations about criminology and criminal justice issues. Our blogposts, twitter feeds, podcasts and other content provide an overview of trends, research, commentary and events of interest to criminal justice practitioners, academics and the general public. CrimCast is sponsored by The Center for Crime and Popular Culture, St. Francis College, Brooklyn, NY.

Flexing Your Rights on The Good Wife

Nickie Phillips

Flex Your Rights hosts a website that provides information to the public about the protection of civil liberties. For several years, I've used Flex Your Rights' "10 Rules for Dealing with Police" and "Busted!" DVDs as teaching tools for illustrating ways to protect one's constitutional rights during police encounters. They are superb. The videos cover car stops, stop & frisks, and home searches. You can purchase the DVDs here.

This week, Flex Your Rights notes that the season premiere of The Good Wife is inspired by a real-life traffic stop and search (a federal lawsuit regarding the officers' records of past stops is pending).

The video clip of the stop that inspired the show, Breakfast in Collinsville, is posted on YouTube:

10 Rules for Dealing With Police

"The gist: On December 4th 2011, StarTrek fans Terrance Huff and Jon Seaton are stopped illegally after a StarTrek Exhibition for suspected drug transportation in Collinsville, Illinois. Award winning filmmaker Terrance Huff does a breakdown of an illegal traffic stop and subsequent search involving a K9 Officer who has a questionable past."

For more, about Flex Your Rights and The Good Wife, go here.