Author Archives: Hall

New law review article: Encryption Workarounds

New law review article: Encryption Workarounds by Orin S. Kerr & Bruce Schneier: Abstract:

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Crimmigration blog: ICE’s New Immigration Detainer Policy Remains Legally Flawed

Crimmigration blog: ICE’s New Immigration Detainer Policy Remains Legally Flawed: Today, ICE issued a new policy regarding use of immigration detainers. Sometimes called immigration holds, detainers are requests by ICE that a local law enforcement agency continue holding someone in … Continue reading

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D.Minn.: USMJ recommends Playpen warrant be suppressed

R&R recommends Playpen warrant be suppressed. United States v. Carlson, 16-cr-00317-JRT-FLN (D. Minn. March 23, 2017). Defense counsel wasn’t ineffective for not challenging the particularity of the search warrant in this case. “In our view, the warrant describes the character … Continue reading

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E.D.Mich.: Defense can’t get “activity logs” of officers for 60 days prior to his stop to see if they also smelled MJ then; what would it prove?

Defendant filed a motion to suppress and a motion to produce the “activity logs” of the officers involved for the 60 days prior to his stop. He wants to see whether the officers claimed to have smelled marijuana during those … Continue reading

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NC: Driver not free to leave during questioning while officer holds his DL

The officer did not return the defendant’s driver’s license to him before beginning to question him while in his car was in a hotel parking lot. Thus, a reasonable person would not have felt free to leave. Therefore, it was … Continue reading

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LA Times: If sheriff’s deputies are involved in misconduct, prosecutors have to know

LA Times: If sheriff’s deputies are involved in misconduct, prosecutors have to know (Editorial) There are about 300 Los Angeles County deputy sheriffs and higher-ranking officials whose personnel files include evidence that they lied, took bribes, used excessive force or … Continue reading

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MO: Police could arrest def at motel and wait until next day to get into his room for nonpayment of rent

Defendant was first stopped because housekeeping at the hotel he was staying in saw dope in the room and management locked him out and called the police. He was stopped on foot and it was discovered there was a warrant … Continue reading

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The Guardian: Man jailed until he unlocks encrypted hard drives in child abuse images case

The Guardian: Man jailed until he unlocks encrypted hard drives in child abuse images case by Olivia Solon: Former Philadelphia police officer Francis Rawls, who has been in jail for 17 months, has refused to obey a court order to … Continue reading

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The Intercept: Real-Time Face Recognition Threatens to Turn Cops’ Body Cameras into Surveillance Machines

The Intercept: Real-Time Face Recognition Threatens to Turn Cops’ Body Cameras into Surveillance Machines by Ava Kofman: “These cameras are small, hard to notice, and all over the place. That’s a pretty lethal combination for privacy unless we have reasonable … Continue reading

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WaPo: Marijuana raids are more deadly than the drug itself

WaPo: Marijuana raids are more deadly than the drug itself by Christopher Ingraham: Since 2010, At least 20 SWAT raids involving suspected marijuana dealers have turned deadly, according to data compiled by the New York Times.

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