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Search Result: U.S. Supreme Court Cases

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The "Emergency Aid Doctrine"

February 5, 2010

Officers can enter when it reasonably appears someone inside may need emergency aid, regardless of the officers' actual, subjective motivations for going inside.

U.S. Supreme Court Will Hear LE Texting Case

December 14, 2009
The nation's high court will hear a case involving a California SWAT sergeant who was fired for using his departmental pager to transmit sexually explicit messages to his wife.

Premature Miranda Warnings

December 14, 2009

Give Miranda warnings just before commencement of apparent custodial police interrogation-not sooner. Leave Hollywood tactics to the actors.

Sixth Amendment Changes

October 29, 2009

Devallis Rutledge, author of POLICE Magazine's Point of Law articles, discusses what officers need to know about how the Supreme Court's Kansas v. Ventris and Montejo v. Louisiana rulings have affected the way officers must conduct interrogations lawfully under the Sixth Amendment. You can also read the original articles "Sixth Amendment Revisited" from the July 2009 issue and "Sixth Amendment Waivers" from August 2009.

Convicted Texas Cop Killer Gets Death Row Reprieve

September 24, 2009
The Associated Press is reporting that the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday night stopped the scheduled execution of Texas death row inmate Kenneth Mosley a day before he was to receive lethal injection for the fatal shooting of a suburban Dallas police officer.

Federal Program Encourages Officer Blood Draws To Nab Drunk Drivers

September 14, 2009
The aim of a new federal program is to determine if drawing blood by law enforcement officers can be an effective tool against drunken drivers and aid in their prosecution, the New York Times reports.

Sixth Amendment Waivers

August 7, 2009

It will now be possible for law enforcement officers to attempt to obtain a waiver and an admissible statement from a defendant without running afoul of the Sixth Amendment.

Vehicle Searches: Incident to Arrest

June 1, 2009

After Apr. 19, officers and agencies could incur liability for vehicle searches incident to arrest that do not fall within the Gant guidelines.

Saving Money Through Training

May 1, 2009

Officers who fall behind on core training and who stop getting regular updates on recent case law become a civil liability to themselves and their employers.

Supreme Court Rejects New Trial for Cop Killer Mumia

April 6, 2009
The Supreme Court said Monday it will not take up Abu-Jamal's claims that prosecutors improperly excluded blacks from the jury that convicted him of murdering Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner.

Updating Weapons Frisks

April 1, 2009

Although it's common to see the term "stop and frisk," it's possible that there might be justification for a stop, but not for a frisk.

Official Misinformation

March 1, 2009

What the exclusionary rule has actually meant in practice is that thousands (maybe millions) of criminals have been able to stop the prosecution from using critical evidence of their guilt to hold them accountable for their crimes.

To Keep and Bear Arms

February 1, 2009

Before traveling to another state where you intend to carry off duty, do a little research and inquire about local laws regulating firearms possession on private property.

Supreme Court Sides with Police Officers in Search Case

January 22, 2009
The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that police officers in Utah who searched a suspect's home without a warrant cannot be sued for violating his constitutional rights.

The Young and the Arrestless

December 1, 2008

Notwithstanding the explosion of youth criminality, the court has largely continued to treat juvenile offenders in a more lenient and paternalistic fashion than adults.

Keeping up with Case Law

November 1, 2008

Much of what I learned in basic academy in the late 1960s is no longer good law. If I were still operating on the basis of 40-year-old understandings, I wouldn't be very effective.

Entrapment

October 1, 2008

"The first duties of the officers of the law are to prevent, not to punish crime. It is not their duty to incite to and create crime for the sole purpose of prosecuting and punishing it." — U.S. Supreme Court, Sorrells v. U.S.

He Flees: To Pursue or Not To, That Is the Question

September 1, 2008

A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision shielding police officers from being sued in federal court for deaths and injuries to innocent citizens resulting form high-speed chases should not be viewed as an invitation to law officers.

Texas Defies International Court, Executes Mexican Rapist Murderer

August 6, 2008
The state of Texas defied an international court and executed Jose Ernesto Medellin late Tuesday after the U.S. Supreme Court denied a stay of execution for the killer in the 1993 Houston gang rape-murders of two teenage girls.

Civil Liability and Protected Speech

July 1, 2008

You must act with considerable discipline and restraint when loudmouths try to demean and upset you with offensive language and gestures.

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