Daily Archives: November 14, 2017

LATimes: Editorial: Fix a surveillance law to stop backdoor searches of Americans

LATimes: Editorial: Fix a surveillance law to stop backdoor searches of Americans Congress is currently deciding: whether to let the National Security Agency continue to eavesdrop on the phone calls, emails and other electronic communications of foreigners located abroad. This … Continue reading

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AP: Should police get to view bodycam footage immediately?

AP: Should police get to view bodycam footage immediately?:

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Techdirt: Latest DOJ WTFness: Encryption Is Like A Locked House That Won’t Let Its Owners Back Inside

Techdirt: Latest DOJ WTFness: Encryption Is Like A Locked House That Won’t Let Its Owners Back Inside by Tim Cushing:

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D.Neb.: Consent didn’t extend to removing pickup’s bedliner, but officer had PC by then

The officer had probable cause for this traffic stop, and defendant was found to have consented to a search of his pickup truck. He observed it happening and never objected. [I hate that rationale.] By the time the bedliner was … Continue reading

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NC: IP address on pizza order led to PC for SW for def’s house as robber of driver

A Domino’s driver was robbed and hit with a baseball bat and knocked out. Police looked for possible robbers but found nobody. A “confidential source of information” (actually citizen informant who’s identity was withheld for protection against retaliation) said that … Continue reading

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UT: Potentially missing 65 yo man led to welfare check entry of his house at insistence of his mother; “welfare check” entry valid

Defendant was 65, in ill-health, and his mother talked to him every day. When she hadn’t heard from him, she called the police to check on him. At the house, nobody answered the door, the lights were on, there was … Continue reading

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Cal.6th: Inventory wouldn’t permit removal of dashboard, but finding drugs during inventory turned into probable cause for a search

Defendant’s car had cocaine hidden in a compartment behind the dashboard. Normally, an inventory search would not permit removal of car parts to conduct it. Here, however, the officer found cocaine under the seat during the inventory, and that was … Continue reading

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PA: Commercial truck inspections coming into a landfill were valid under Burger

Pennsylvania State Police and environmental inspectors set up a roadblock into a landfill to inspect commercial trucks. In defendant’s truck they found some beer, and he was charged with DWI and “unlawful activities.” The stop and inspect of defendant’s truck … Continue reading

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The Hill: Court limits DOJ warrant for Facebook data on Trump protesters

The Hill: Court limits DOJ warrant for Facebook data on Trump protesters by Morgan Chalfant:

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WBAL: Device tells police when people were using cellphone while driving

WBAL: Device tells police when people were using cellphone while driving by David Collins:

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