Tag Archives: search and seizure


Posted 12 months ago in Video Your Personal Rights by Larry Bodine  
America, One Nation Under Surveillance [Video]

  Larry Bodine, editor-in-chief of Lawyers.com, reports this is America, one nation under surveillance. Many of you have heard about government spying on U.S. citizens, but aren’t worried about it, because you’re not doing anything wrong. At least not yet. A lot of us start our day by checking our email and visiting websites in the morning. Whom you contact and where you visit is all monitored by the National Security Agency. No search warrant is required. When you call …

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Posted 12 months ago in Crime Your Personal Rights by Aaron Kase  
Can No Trespassing Signs Keep the Cops Away?

A federal court in Tennessee has rejected a defendant’s argument that no trespassing signs he posted should have prevented the police from entering his property to talk to him. Clifford Denim is facing charges for possession of firearms by a convicted felon, stemming from an incident earlier this year. After police officers in Hawkins County got a tip that he had purchased guns that were stolen from another man, they decided to pay him a visit. Despite the six no …

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Posted 1 year ago in Crime Your Personal Rights by Michele Bowman  
NYPD Stop and Frisk Policy Ruled Unconstitutional

A federal judge ruled on Aug. 12 that the New York Police Department’s controversial policy of stopping and frisking people in high-crime areas is unconstitutional. But the judge did not say the practice must stop.   Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment Violations Judge Shira A. Scheindlin held that the NYPD’s practice violated both the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments because its searches and seizures were conducted without probable cause and were targeted at minorities, respectively. The case was argued in May and …

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Free Software Assures Electronic Privacy [Video]

  If you’re worried about the government or other third parties accessing your electronic communications, watch Lawyers.com Editorial Director Betsy Kim’s video report on this free software, called Dispatch. You can find it in the Google or Apple app stores by typing in “Dispatch Reporter.” Columbia Graduate School of Journalism Assistant Professor Susan McGregor and Columbia University student researchers Mathias Lecuyer and Madeline Ross are working on further developing this software. “Dispatch is a mobile application that provides secure, encrypted, …

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Posted 1 year ago in Criminal Law Marijuana by Michele Bowman  
Alleged Butt-Dialing Pot Smoker Busts Self

After a New Jersey man “butt-dialed” 911 on his cell phone, he was overheard discussing drugs and quickly busted for possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.    Oops – Come On In! A 911 call came in on July 5 to police from Florham Park, N.J. But instead of reporting a crime, the caller indicated one was simply in progress – because he’d accidentally called 911 with his cell phone in his pocket. Andrew MacFarlane reportedly could be heard discussing marijuana …

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