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Convicting a defendant based on eyewitness testimony was once a sure thing for prosecutors. But recent evidence has shown eyewitness accounts to be extremely untrustworthy. An attorney for the Innocence Project says nearly 75 percent of the exonerations achieved by the group involved eyewitness accounts of the crime.
The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled police do not need a warrant to track suspects using location data from their cell phones. Mobile phone users, the court said, do not have any expectation of privacy for data that emanates from their phones.
A Philadelphia judge recently ruled the city’s Parking Authority must meet basic standards of evidence when violators appeal their parking tickets. The decision comes after decades of robotic appeal rejection. But the city says the order is impractical and will be ignored while an appeal is pending.
A trio of recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings will radically affect your rights as a private citizen. The decisions deal with strip searches, GPS tracking and lifetime prison sentences for juveniles.
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