Daily Archives: January 11, 2018

Wired: Congress Renews Warrantless Surveillance—And Makes It Even Worse

Wired: Congress Renews Warrantless Surveillance—And Makes It Even Worse by Louise Matsakis:

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D.Conn.: “observation of a small amount of marijuana not clearly labelled for medicinal use creates probable cause that evidence of illegal drug activity would be found within the car”

“Because Officer Diaz had reason to believe that a gun would be found within the Defendant’s car prior to the stop, his observation of a small amount of marijuana not clearly labelled for medicinal use creates probable cause that evidence … Continue reading

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Albuquerque Journal: Gov. wants to grant immunity to police

Albuquerque Journal: Gov. wants to grant immunity to police by Dan Boyd:

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WIRED: How the Government Hides Secret Surveillance Programs

WIRED: How the Government Hides Secret Surveillance Programs by Louise Matsakis:

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NYTimes: Surveillance and Privacy Debate Reaches Pivotal Moment in Congress

NYTimes: Surveillance and Privacy Debate Reaches Pivotal Moment in Congress by Charlie Savage:

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D.N.M.: Abandonment of suitcase followed nonconsensual and unreasonable detention; suppressed

This is another Albuquerque bus station luggage sweep. The officers did not manipulate the baggage; they just opened the container and looked at them. Defendant’s detention was not by consent, and that Fourth Amendment violation led to her abandonment. “The … Continue reading

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CA5: LEO’s lie to FBI about leaked SW was a crime even though FBI knew he was lying

A police officer leaked the existence of an FBI investigation that enabled the target of a search warrant to move his stash. “His statement [to the FBI] denying that he had disclosed the investigation was capable of influencing the FBI’s … Continue reading

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WI: Even though RS dissipated before the driver could be asked for DL, it was still reasonable to check all paperwork

Even though reasonable suspicion dissipates on the stop, here because the owner was a woman with a suspended DL but a man was driving, it is still reasonable for the officer to check the paperwork of the driver and car. … Continue reading

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