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Yesterday I went to the office of Doug Norwood, a well-known criminal defense lawyer in Rogers, Arkansas. Mr. Norwood specializes in DWI cases, but he has also filed many lawsuits against local police officers for misconduct. His activism against bad cops started when Fayetteville police ignored and discounted his reports that people were trying to kill him. When he was a law student, an angry husband who thought that Norwood was having an affair with his wife placed an ad for assasins in Soldier of Fortune magazine and subsequently hired 15 men to kill Norwood. They broke into his home, attacked him with a stun gun and shot him twice as he fled. Fayetteville police did not believe his story. They saw that he had recently returned from Florida, and they concluded that he received his gunshot wounds in a drug deal gone bad. Norwood had long hair and a beard at the time (and he still does even now that he works as a prominant crimal defense attorney). The attitude the Fayetteville, Arkansas police took toward Norwood along with the $300,000 he received from Soldier of Fortune magazine allowed Norwood to set up his law practice and do his part since then to help keep Northwest Arkansas police on the straight and narrow.

I asked Mr. Norwood to watch the first segment of the Busted video on YouTube and comment on the advice it gives to people facing encounters with police on the roadside. I also read him some quotes from two articles I downloaded from The Vaults of Erowid about saying "No," to police. I recorded the 40 minute interview with my mp3 player. I wish I'd bought a better microphone before the interview, because there's some great stuff there that every savvy stoner needs to hear. In any event, I've got the interview on my hard-drive, and now I just need to get my butt in gear and climb that Audacity learning curve and figure out how to use it to put together an honest to goodness podcast. I've been looking around for someone to help me with that, but no dice. Gotta roll up my virtual sleaves and just do it.


Norwood & Norwood, P.A.


Busted! - The Citizen's Guide to Surviving Police Encounters


Guidelines for Saying No to Police Searches in the United States


I Do Not Consent To A Search


Edit 05 October 2006

I've got the podcast up on my Podomatic page:



( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 30th, 2006 12:55 pm (UTC)
I look forward to hearing it!
Oct. 5th, 2006 11:20 am (UTC)
I look forward to hearing it
I put it on the web last night.


If you would, let me know how the interview sounds. Do I absolutely have to invest in an external mic for my mp3 player before the next interview, or will the method I used this time around suffice for the near-term future?
Oct. 2nd, 2006 01:14 pm (UTC)
Hey KMO...I am about ready to climb audacity peak this week myself. I think that I finally have somed content near-ready to encode and RSS or whatever.

I have some references, and as I go through them if I find some stuff that is working for me, helping me along then I will send it along to you. Perhaps if we each try and explain the process to each other (nice sinceI am doing video and you audio) then perhaps it will help us clarify the process.
Oct. 2nd, 2006 03:52 pm (UTC)
Sounds good
I have a Skype account that I've never used. Perhaps we could compare notes that way.
Oct. 2nd, 2006 04:05 pm (UTC)
Re: Sounds good
Until November I am still on dialup so skype is beyond me for now. Today I will sort of consolidate my notes onto the lj...document the process of my first dry run.
Oct. 2nd, 2006 04:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Sounds good
I'm on dial-up at home too. If I were to skype, I'd have to do it from the office or from some wifi hotspot.
Oct. 2nd, 2006 11:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Sounds good
OMG that could be hilariously exciting in and of itself. Like kids climbing back-yard trees to talk with cans and string. I'll have to ponder it. After I get my back-up hard drive (very soon...on its way) lets give it a whirl...just for the crazy wifi hobo potential.
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