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SCOTUS: Tracking Cell Tower Location Data Requires a Warrant

June 22, 2018
In a 5-4 vote, the United States Supreme Court ruled on Friday that police must first obtain a search warrant before examining location data — cell tower records that can show a person’s movement for long periods of time — stored on a subject’s mobile phone.

Case of CA Deputy Killing Subject Carrying Pellet Gun Headed for SCOTUS

June 12, 2018
The United States Supreme Court is being asked to shield Deputy Erick Gelhaus from being sued by the parents of Andy Lopez, the 13-year-old who in October of 2013 was carrying a pellet gun that closely resembled an AK-47 when Gelhaus fatally shot him.

Supreme Court Restricts Deportation of Violent Felons

April 17, 2018
The court, in a 5-4 ruling in which President Donald Trump’s conservative appointee Neil Gorsuch joined four liberal justices, invalidated the provision in the Immigration and Nationality Act and sided with convicted California burglar James Garcia Dimaya, a legal immigrant from the Philippines.

Proposed California Use-of-Force Bill Won't Make Anyone Safer

April 13, 2018
If a police officer’s use of deadly force is deemed to be unnecessary to them and to people who share their beliefs, that officer can expect to be prosecuted and, if not imprisoned, run through a years-long ordeal that will ruin him physically, emotionally, and financially. And this, they promise, will protect the community.

Supreme Court Rules for Officer in Excessive Force Case

April 2, 2018
The Supreme Court reversed that ruling, saying that Officer Kisela was entitled to qualified immunity, a doctrine that shields officials from suits over violations of constitutional rights that were not clearly established at the time of the conduct in question.

Supreme Court Rules for Police Officers in D.C. House Party Case

January 22, 2018
The court ruled unanimously that the officers could not be held liable for making the arrests after they came upon a scene of "utter Bacchanalia," as Justice Clarence Thomas described it in announcing the decision.

Prosecution of TX Detective Ends as Supreme Court Declines Case

January 9, 2018
The nation’s highest court announced Monday that it will not take up the case, upholding the rulings of lower courts that cleared Charles Kleinert of criminal wrongdoing in the July 2013 death of Larry Jackson Jr. Kleinert has said his gun accidentally fired when he was trying to arrest Jackson.

Supreme Court to Review Need for Warrant for Cellphone Tower Data

November 27, 2017
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court hears its latest case about privacy in the digital age. At issue is whether police generally need a warrant to review the records.

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

October 16, 2017

If you respond to a call involving a suicidal person who's not
endangering anyone else, it might be best to not intervene.

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Deputies in Excessive Force Case

May 30, 2017
In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court ruled that an appeals court had used the wrong standard in sustaining a $4 million judgment against two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies.

Monday Ruling by U.S. Supreme Court Could Reduce Lawsuits Against Officers

January 10, 2017
This decision makes it much harder to sue the police, because almost all confrontations have unique features that could be used to block lawsuits. In essence, the court is signaling that it wants fewer suits against officers in the lower courts, and is chiding the appellate courts for allowing such suits.

Police May Use Evidence Found After Illegal Stops, Supreme Court Says

June 21, 2016
The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that evidence found by police officers after illegal stops may be used in court if the officers conducted their searches after learning that the defendants had outstanding arrest warrants.

Overlooked Legal Nuggets

May 4, 2016

From time to time, we get a really helpful decision that can make our jobs easier, and yet few people seem to learn about it or realize its significance. Here are 10 such decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court.

Justices Divided Over N.J. Police Officer's First Amendment Case

January 21, 2016
Heffernan was demoted to patrol officer the next day and told it was because of his "overt" involvement in a political campaign. But was it a First Amendment issue?

Supreme Court Strikes Down Florida Death Sentence Process

January 12, 2016
Florida's death penalty sentencing process violates the constitutional rights of criminal defendants by granting judges powers that juries should wield, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday.

Trooper Who Shot at Fleeing Driver Cannot Be Sued, Says Supreme Court

November 10, 2015
The Supreme Court decided Monday that a Texas state trooper who shot and killed a fleeing suspect in a high-speed chase cannot be held civilly liable for the man's death, even though the officer's superior had told him not to shoot.

Supreme Court Rules Police Must Obtain Warrant to Search Hotel or Motel Registries

June 23, 2015
The case concerning hotel registries is likely to have a broad impact, as dozens of cities allow warrantless searches, which law enforcement officials say help them catch fugitives and fight prostitution and drug dealing.

Unlawfully Prolonged Traffic Stop

June 18, 2015

Is it OK under the Fourth Amendment to turn a traffic stop into a criminal investigation? Of course it is, provided the justification for the additional investigation is developed during the reasonable duration of the traffic stop—not after.

Supreme Court Sides With Police in Confrontations With Mentally Disabled

May 19, 2015
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that police cannot be sued for using force against people with mental disabilities when their constitutional right to privacy is not clear.

Supreme Court Questions North Carolina Sex Offender Law

March 31, 2015
A North Carolina program of monitoring sex offenders by GPS needs closer judicial scrutiny, the Supreme Court ruled Monday.
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