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Courthouse News: San Francisco OKs $369,000 Settlement for Journalist Targeted by Police

Courthouse News: San Francisco OKs $369,000 Settlement for Journalist Targeted by Police by Nicholas Iovino (“A journalist whose home was raided by police will get $369,000 from San Francisco taxpayers under the terms of a settlement approved by the city’s … Continue reading

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NYTimes: Justice Department Watchdog Cites More Flaws in FBI’s Handling of Surveillance Warrants

NYTimes: Justice Department Watchdog Cites More Flaws in FBI’s Handling of Surveillance Warrants by Reuters (“The FBI has failed to properly maintain supporting documentation when seeking surveillance warrants, raising questions about the factual underpinnings of the warrant applications and violating … Continue reading

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W.D.Mo.: Video of contents of car satisfied inventory

Defendant argues the inventory was really investigatory. He doesn’t claim anything was missing or lost. He also was on someone else’s property at 5 am, so there was no need to leave it there because the owner couldn’t assent, assuming … Continue reading

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W.D.La.: Def was uninvited guest without standing

The USMJ found defendant was an uninvited guest in the place searched who lacked standing. The evidence supports the findings. Hearsay is admissible in suppression hearings, but it doesn’t matter; if it were removed, it doesn’t change the outcome. United … Continue reading

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CA1: Community caretaking function can apply to dwellings, too, when there’s a public safety issue

Following other jurisdictions, the court holds that the community caretaking function applies to private residences as well. Here, the plaintiff was acting erratically and his wife called the police. It was reasonable to seize his guns when he was sent … Continue reading

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ColumbiaMissourian: Meet Officer Drone, the Columbia Police Department’s new tool

ColumbiaMissourian: Meet Officer Drone, the Columbia Police Department’s new tool by Connor Giffin:

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D.N.M.: Officers had PC to believe def was inside for execution of arrest warrant

The officers had at least a fair probability that defendant was inside for execution of the arrest warrant in Arizona and the case was indicted in New Mexico. The standards are different between the Ninth and Tenth Circuits, so which … Continue reading

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National Constitution Center video on the importance of jury duty

This is the video from the National Constitution Center’s exhibit on the right to trial by jury. It is the most underrated video on YouTube. After the attacks on the Roger Stone jury, I persuaded the trial judge in my … Continue reading

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CNS: San Francisco to Pay $369,000 for Police Raid of Journalist’s Home

Courthouse News Service: San Francisco to Pay $369,000 for Police Raid of Journalist’s Home by Nicholas Iovino (“The city of San Francisco will pay $369,000 to settle claims over its police raid on a journalist’s home and office this past … Continue reading

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NYTimes: When the Police Stop a Teenager With Special Needs

NYTimes: When the Police Stop a Teenager With Special Needs by  Michele C. Hollow (“People with autism or other special needs may repeat words, avoid eye contact and run from authorities.”)

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OR: Stop of def for being either involved in accident or material witness to it lacked RS

Defendant was in a vehicle that passed by the scene of a one vehicle accident the police were working. The officer somehow decided that the occupants of the passing vehicle had knowledge of the stop, and he engaged in a … Continue reading

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CA9: Facebook copying an account for a coming SW was not a seizure

Facebook’s merely copying defendant’s account for a search warrant was not a seizure. United States v. Perez, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 5541 (9th Cir. Feb. 21, 2020). Probable cause existed for plaintiff’s arrest for constructive possession when she was found … Continue reading

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