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When a website goes down …

This website goes down every once and a while when there is server maintenance, wherever the server is. It’s frustrating to have it down for a half day, or worse a day or longer. A programming update had it down … Continue reading

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D.D.C.: Suppressed evidence [a confession] leads to grant of pretrial release

The question of the effect of suppressed evidence on the question of bail is considered at length in United States v. Taylor, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 205 (D.D.C. Jan. 2, 2018), albeit here in a suppressed confession. The court concludes … Continue reading

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California, Florida, Illinois, and Texas versions of Search and Seizure

Want to write a version of Search and Seizure for your state? Have two years to spend on advancing your own knowledge of the subject? Lexis plans state specific versions of Search and Seizure for these states. Email the author … Continue reading

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NYTimes: The Failed War on Drugs

NYTimes: The Failed War on Drugs by George P. Shultz and Pedro Aspe:

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Mother Jones: Pot Legalization Is Transforming California’s Criminal Justice Landscape. Here’s How.

Mother Jones: Pot Legalization Is Transforming California’s Criminal Justice Landscape. Here’s How. by Brandon E. Patterson: “Smoking pot while black” will probably still be a thing, though.

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DE: SW affidavit based entirely on hearsay is not unconstitutional for that reason alone

A search warrant affidavit based entirely on hearsay is not unconstitutional for that reason alone. The hearsay has to be credible and the collective knowledge doctrine is one way to do so. If probable cause is shown on the totality, … Continue reading

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RealClearPolitics: How to Balance Civil Liberties With Safety

RealClearPolitics: How to Balance Civil Liberties With Safety by Lisa Rosenberg & Jesse Blumenthal

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New York Magazine: Are Trump’s Transition Team Lawyers Attempting to Discredit Mueller?

New York Magazine: Are Trump’s Transition Team Lawyers Attempting to Discredit Mueller? by Chas Danner Well, duh! “To ask the question is to answer it.” Heald v. Rice, 104 U.S. 737, 755 (1892); In Re Debs, 158 U.S. 564, 581 … Continue reading

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Bill of Rights Day — 226 years ago today the Bill of Rights was ratified

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S.D.Cal.: Govt doesn’t get to reopen to address an issue it was told about at hearing and should have seen coming

The government filed a motion to reopen the suppression hearing after the court raised whether there was collective knowledge and the government didn’t respond. It should have seen this coming. “The Court cannot find good cause to reopen the evidentiary … Continue reading

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Lexis’s U.S. Dist. database will hit 200,000 in 2017 today

… for the first time. They’re clearly trying to include more stuff from the U.S. District Courts. Some of it is meaningless, I know and I see, but there is more substance being posted. This is about 4 times the … Continue reading

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