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Video and You

October 2, 2013

If you aren't speaking and behaving at all times in public the way you want to appear when you're uploaded on YouTube, you could have some unpleasant surprises in store.

Warrantless Cellphone Tracking Upheld

August 1, 2013
In a significant victory for law enforcement, a federal appeals court on Tuesday said that government authorities could extract historical location data directly from telecommunications carriers without a search warrant.

Ariz. Court: Police Can Seize Guns During Stops

August 1, 2013
Arizona police can take custody of a subject's gun for officer-safety reasons even if the person's contact with the officer was voluntary, a court has ruled.

Judges: Grant Family Suits Against Ex-BART Officers Can Go Forward

July 31, 2013
Several lawsuits against BART police officers over the fatal shooting of Oscar Grant in 2009 can move forward, a three-judge panel ruled Tuesday.

Ninth Circuit: Miranda Warning Must Be In Perfect Spanish

July 16, 2013
A Miranda warning given in both English and Spanish to a Spanish-speaking suspect is insufficient if a police officer’s translation fails to convey the true meaning of the arrested person's rights, a federal appeals court decided Monday.

Court: Barricaded Suspects Not Entitled To Miranda Warning

March 15, 2013
Even a barricaded suspect has the right to remain silent during a standoff, but police have no obligation to tell him that while trying to coax him out, an appeals court ruled this week.

Ariz. Death Row Inmate's Conviction Overturned

March 15, 2013
A federal appeals court has overturned a death sentence for an Arizona woman who arranged to have her 4-year-old son murdered, because a Phoenix Police detective failed to honor her Miranda rights.

Unlawful Reaction to Unlawful Action

March 5, 2013

Let's face it—law enforcement officers sometimes make detentions, arrests, entries, or searches that run afoul of one or more of the hundreds of judicial decisions differentiating "reasonable" and "unreasonable" searches and seizures.

SF Nudity Ban Upheld In Federal Court

January 30, 2013
A federal judge cleared the way Tuesday for the city of San Francisco to ban most displays of public nudity, ruling that an ordinance set to take effect on Feb. 1 does not violate the free speech rights of residents and visitors who like going out in the buff.

Judge Delays S.C. Cop Killer's Execution

January 23, 2013
A U.S. District Court judge has granted a motion to delay the execution of convicted murderer James Nathaniel Bryant, who is sentenced to death for the slaying of an Horry County (S.C.) Police officer.

Court: Flipping Off Cops Is Constitutional

January 4, 2013
A civilian flipping off a police officer can't be cause for a vehicle stop or arrest, a federal appellate court has ruled. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit ruled that the "ancient gesture of insult is not the basis for a reasonable suspicion of a traffic violation or impending criminal activity."

Fed Court Strikes Down Illinois Concealed Carry Ban

December 11, 2012
A federal appeals court struck down Illinois' ban on carrying a concealed, permitted handgun Tuesday in the latest victory for gun-rights advocates.

Court: Man Can Sue LAPD Over Allegedly Forced Confession

September 24, 2012
A Los Angeles man who spent 19 years in prison for murders he did not commit will be able to sue the LAPD for allegedly coercing his confession, a panel of the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Monday.

Court Upholds Ga. Cop Killer's Death Sentence

September 20, 2012
A convicted Georgia cop killer remains on death row, after a federal appeals court rejected his argument that he had ineffective counsel. Robert Wayne Holsey's lead attorney, Andrew Prince, drank a quart of vodka every day during trial.

Appeals Court: Warrantless Cellphone GPS Tracking Legal

August 16, 2012
The Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled that law enforcement officers don't need a warrant to track the location of a subject via the GPS data from a cell phone.

Va. Court: Impersonating An Officer Is Not Protected Speech

August 15, 2012
A Virginia appellate court has ruled that the state's law against impersonating a police officer is constitutional, a ruling that countered the U.S. Supreme Court's June decision that lying about being a war hero is protected speech.

TASER Wins Appeal On Lawsuit's Dismissal

July 11, 2012
A federal appeals court upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit against TASER that claimed the company was legally required to inform its customers that multiple TASER shots could result in death.

Federal Court: Illegals Can't Own Guns

May 8, 2012
The 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Denver ruled Monday that illegal immigrants have only limited protection under the Constitution. The issue was not addressed in the 2008 Heller decision that overturned the District of Columbia's handgun ban.

High Court Decision Backs Law Enforcement

January 25, 2012
What do you call a federal court that changes facts to fit its argument and issues rulings so far outside established law that it's routinely chastised and reversed by a higher court? In California we know it as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Ninth Circuit: Stun Gun Use Excessive In 2 Cases

October 20, 2011
The use of stun guns against two resistive subjects in Seattle and Maui was excessive, a federal appeals court ruled earlier this week. An 11-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued the rulings in the two cases from 2006 and 2004.
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