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Ninth Circuit: Miranda Warning Must Be In Perfect Spanish

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.

July 16, 2013

Ariz. Death Row Inmate's Conviction Overturned

Ariz. Death Row Inmate's Conviction Overturned

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.

March 15, 2013

Unlawful Reaction to Unlawful Action

Unlawful Reaction to Unlawful Action

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.

March 5, 2013

SF Nudity Ban Upheld In Federal Court

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.

January 30, 2013

Judge Delays S.C. Cop Killer's Execution

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.

January 23, 2013

Court: Flipping Off Cops Is Constitutional

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."

January 4, 2013

Court: Man Can Sue LAPD Over Allegedly Forced Confession

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.

September 24, 2012

Court Upholds Ga. Cop Killer's Death Sentence

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.

September 20, 2012

Va. Court: Impersonating An Officer Is Not Protected Speech

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.

August 15, 2012

Nurse Appeals Firing Over Comment to Officer

Leverington is appealing the firing with a three-judge panel on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, arguing she was exercising her free-speech rights to criticize the government. However, threats do not fall under this protection.

September 20, 2010

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