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Posted August 21, 2012 in Criminal Law by

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Cops Can Read Your Text Messages Without a Warrant

An appeals court in Washington State has upheld the conviction of a drug buyer who was entrapped after the police seized his dealer’s cell phone. The detective text messaged the client after finding other texts suggesting he was the dealer’s client. The court rejected the client’s argument that the state’s use of his text messages on the dealer’s phone violated Washington State’s privacy act.

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Sheriff Joe Arpaio Denies Racial Profiling Allegations

Self-billed America’s Toughest Sheriff, Maricopa County, Ariz.’s Joe Arpaio is toning down the toughness now that he’s on trial for violating the civil rights of Latinos. Sheriff Joe is accused by a class of Latinos—including legal immigrants and U.S. citizens—of racially profiling them in the suppression patrols run by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department.

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Is Legalizing Marijuana The Best Thing for America?

Legalizing marijuana would have positive economic effects, some argue, resulting in new tax revenue and lower law enforcement costs. The net effect: Billions of additional revenue to the U.S. gross national product.

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Embezzling Merrill Lynch ‘Whiz Kid’ Accused of Bankruptcy Fraud

A former hot-shot banker who served 18 months in federal prison for stealing $43 million from Merrill Lynch could be in legal trouble again. This time he’s accused of lying about his assets in bankruptcy court.

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