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DNA Case Heads To U.S. Supreme Court

November 12, 2012
A convicted rapist is challenging a Maryland law that allows police to take a DNA sample from violent suspects, arguing his Fourth Amendment privacy rights have been violated.

Expanded Definition of "Search"

November 5, 2012

When the government, in an attempt to get information, "trespasses" on any of the items specifically listed in the Fourth Amendment ("persons, houses, papers and effects"), this constitutes a "search," whether or not there is any infringement of a suspect's legitimate expectation of privacy.

Warrantless Surveillance Cameras OK, Fed Judge Rules

October 31, 2012
Police are allowed in some circumstances to install hidden surveillance cameras on private property without obtaining a search warrant, a federal judge said Monday.

Publicity Can Be Costly

October 10, 2012

As private citizens, reporters are not bound by the Fourth Amendment. You are. Private citizens generally can't be sued for violating someone's Fourth Amendment rights. You can. Read on.

N.Y. Cops 'Displayed' Sex Toys, Lawsuit Claims

August 29, 2012
When cops couldn't find a gun in a Bronx man's home, they settled for taking out his mother's sex toys and displaying them around the apartment, the 22-year-old claims in a lawsuit.

Ark. Cop Reprimanded In Chavis Carter Case

August 28, 2012
An Arkansas police officer who twice frisked a man who authorities say subsequently shot himself to death while handcuffed in a patrol car has returned to active duty but must undergo more training and face an official reprimand.

Are You Dealing With A Super Genius?

August 24, 2012
An ABA Journal story recalled the rewards that can come from perusing others' scribblings. About the only thing these mental mavericks lack is a prognostication on how long a sentence they'll get for the sentences they write.

S.F. Mayor Drops Stop-and-Frisk Plan

August 7, 2012
San Francisco's mayor has dropped plans to implement New York City's stop-and-frisk policy, after community leaders criticized the plan, saying it would lead to racial profiling.

NYPD Stop-and-Frisks Fall 34%

August 3, 2012
The number of police stop-and-frisks has declined a whopping 34 percent between the first and second quarters of the year, officials said Friday.

S.F. Mayor Considers 'Stop and Frisk' Plan

July 19, 2012
The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously in favor of a nonbinding resolution urging Lee not to adopt a stop-and-frisk policy like that of New York City, where officers can stop and search people they deem suspicious.

Murder Rate Rises As Philly Controls Stop-and-Frisk

July 11, 2012
New York City leaders considering reining in the department's stop-and-frisk policy amid criticism from civil liberties groups have looked to Philadelphia for a possible model.

3 Exceptions to Warrants for GPS Tracking

July 5, 2012
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that law enforcement personnel must obtain a search warrant prior to installing a GPS unit or similar tracking device on a vehicle. Let's review the exceptions to this ruling.

California Legislature's U-Turn On Law and Order

June 13, 2012
The California Constitution was amended in 1982 to bring evidence suppression limits in line with the U.S. Constitution. The present legislature has begun a concerted back door effort to undo the state's requirement to follow the federal exclusionary rule.

Strip Searching Misdemeanor Arrestees

June 1, 2012

After issuing a series of decisions over the years that have been mostly deferential to custodial officials in managing their secure facilities, the U.S. Supreme Court has issued a new ruling on the constitutionality of visual strip searches of minor-offense arrestees.

LAPD Adopts Policy for Transgender Stops

April 13, 2012
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck has issued a new policy covering how officers must deal with members of the transgender community during stops and searches.

Supreme Court Upholds Jail Strip Searches

April 2, 2012
Corrections personnel may perform a routine strip search on any person arrested or detained before admitting them to a jail, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday.

U.S. Supreme Court Gives Officers Immunity In Weapon Search

February 22, 2012
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 Wednesday in favor of a Los Angeles County Sheriff's detective who recovered a firearm and gang-related material from the home of a suspect's foster mother.

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.

SCOTUS: Officers Justified In Entering Teen's Home

January 24, 2012
Burbank (Calif.) Police officers investigating a rumor that a truant teenager was planning to "shoot up" Bellarmine-Jefferson High School five years ago were justified in invading the student's home without a warrant because of concerns that violence was imminent, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday.

Stabbed Ark. C.O. Was Checking Inmate for Contraband

January 23, 2012
Sgt. Barbara Ester, 47, was investigating a report of an inmate wearing an unauthorized pair of tennis shoes when she was stabbed multiple times at the East Arkansas Unit near Brickeys.
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