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Is Punishment Dead in America? [Video]

Feb. 25, 2014 -- New York Law School Professor Robert Blecker discusses his new book entitled "The Death of Punishment: Searching for Justice among the Worst of the Worst." Harvard Law School's Laurence Tribe called the book...more

BB&K Police Bulletin: Taking Custody of Minor from School: Officers Entitled to Qualified Immunity from Claims of Unlawful Arrest...

Overview: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that Sonora police officers were entitled to qualified immunity from claims alleging unlawful arrest and use of excessive force on an “out-of-control” juvenile. ...more

Comparison on the rights, limitations and procedures related to public gatherings and demonstrations across Europe

The Right To Freedom Of Assembly And Expression In The European Union - A.) General Description Of The Applicable Legal Administrative Procedures - On a European level, fundamental rights are laid down in the...more

EEOC Cracking Down on Use of Criminal Background Checks

EEOC Cracking Down on Use of Criminal Background Checks by Robert Levy on August 13, 2013 The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is cracking down on how employers use criminal background checks during the...more

US Attorney General Eric Holder’s Memorandum Outlining Proposed Changes to Federal Policy on Mandatory Drug Sentences (Full Text...

Full text copy of US Attorney General Eric Holder’s memorandum proposing changes to the mandatory minimum sentences in certain drug cases. From the Washington Post: “Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. announced … that...more

Floyd, et al. v. City of New York, et al.

Federal Court Ruling that the NYPD’s “Stop and Frisk” Program Violates the Fourth Amendment

Full text copy of Federal Judge Shira Scheindlin’s ruling that the New York City police department’s stop and frisk tactics violate the constitutional rights of minorities in the city. From the decision: “Based on the...more

Foreign blogs cannot ignore local courts

The Italian Supreme Court held in relation to a foreign blog where articles inciting to racial hatred were posted that the crime of racist criminal organization and the jurisdiction of Italian courts were applicable if the...more

Alabama Firearm Act of 2013

The Alabama Firearms Act of 2013 was signed by Gov. Bentley in May, 2013, thus the effective date should be (at the latest) 08/01/2013. This long overdue law changed Alabama's system of issuing concealed carry weapon's...more

BB&K Police Bulletin: Search Warrants - BB&K Victory Securing Qualified Immunity Controls in Child Molestation Case

Overview: The Ninth Circuit recently refused to suppress evidence of child pornography found on the iPod of an alleged child molester during a search of his home. The court explained that the outcome was controlled by its...more

Can the Government Search Your iPad or iPhone at the Border?

Can the United States search your laptop, camera, iPhone/iPad, or other devices at the border? Read this article on the Fourth Amendment rights and exceptions....more

DOES AUTHORITY EXIST FOR CRIMINAL PROSECUTION FOR VIOLATIONS OF BAIL LICENSING LAWS WITHOUT CERTIFICATION OF CRIMES BY THE...

California attorney Joseph Cavallo was convicted of violating Title 10, CCR section 2071, "recommendation of attorney by bail licensee". The authority to prosecute violations of the bail licensing regulations lies with the...more

Prosecutor Claims Milwaukee Police Officers Engaged In A Pattern Of Illegal Conduct

On Thursday, March 21, 2013, a motion hearing occurred regarding the four Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) officers who face charges of conducting illegal strip searches and illegal body cavity searches. During the hearing,...more

N.Y. Anti-Terror Law Diminishes Pursuit of Terrorism: Lawyer  [Video]

Feb. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Catherine Amirfar, litigation partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, talks about recently obtaining a landmark victory on behalf of her client, Edgar Morales, in the first ever case of a gang member tried...more

Hearing set in assault weapons case

WATERLOO — A hearing will be held in the case of a Geneva man accused of having stolen assault weapons in Seneca Falls last September. During an appearance by Gary Goodman in Seneca County Court Monday, Judge Dennis Bender...more

Court Dismisses Suit By Milwaukee County Jail Inmate

An inmate of the Milwaukee County Jail sued the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office claiming that he was denied the right to vote. According to the Sheriff’s Office, the inmate was not allowed to vote because he never completed...more

LAW AND GOVERNANCE IN THE FACE OF PUBLIC PRESSURE : A perspective in the backdrop of public outrage over the New Delhi gang rape...

LAW AND GOVERNANCE IN THE FACE OF PUBLIC PRESSURE: A perspective in the backdrop of public outrage over the New Delhi gang rape incident The paper examines the possible consequences of an executive under public pressure to...more

Jury Finds Milwaukee County Not Liable For Sexual Assault Committed By Jail Guard

Back in 2009, Milwaukee County jail guard James Howard sexually assaulted an inmate. A state court convicted Mr. Howard of two counts of sexually assaulting an inmate. The inmate then sued Mr. Howard in federal court,...more

Audio Recording of Police in Action Found to Be Protected Right under 1st Ammendment

Audio Recordings of Police Are Protected By First Amendment According to Two Different Courts Of Appeal. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday delivered a blow to Illinois’ 50-year-old anti-eavesdropping law according to trial...more

Town of Mount Pleasant v. Robert Chimento, et. al. [Poker / Gambling]

South Carolina Supreme Court Opinion No. 27197 - Filed November 21, 2012

Mt. Pleasant v. Chimento Factual and Legal Summary: Nathan Stallings leased a home in Mt. Pleasant where he lived with his fiancee and a roommate. He used an internet networking site to meet other poker players, and...more

AUDIT OF THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION’S ADOPTIVE SEIZURE PROCESS AND STATUS OF RELATED EQUITABLE SHARING REQUESTS

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY of the OIG Report: During law enforcement operations, state and local law enforcement agencies often seize assets and proceeds from assets linked to criminal activity. The purpose of the seizures...more

CHURCHILL DOWNS INCORPORATED; CHURCHILL DOWNS TECHNOLOGY INITIATIVES COMPANY, doing business as TWINSPIRES.COM, versus CHUCK TROUT, in his official capacity as Executive Director of the Texas Racing C

COMPLAINT FOR DECLARATORY AND INJUNCTIVE RELIEF (re Dormant Commerce Clause et. al.)

Churchill Downs Inc. challenging Texas law that would ban TwinSpires.com: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In a bold move to keep online wagers on...more

The Prosecutor And District Court Should Try Really Hard To Make It Seem Like They Don't Hate Cubans When Sending A Cuban To...

Giraldo Trujillo-Castillon came to this country from Cuba when he was seventeen. Like they say, you can take the man out of Cuba, but you can't take the Cuba out of the man. Or so seemed to believe a federal prosecutor...more

Legal links of interest for the week ending July 28

Attorney Steven Getman reports on a number of stories about the law and lawyers in the news this week: • Addressing threats to an independent judiciary • How colleges suppress free speech • Federal...more

Legal Byte: After a parent sexually abuses his daughter should the courts grant him custody of his sons?

Legal Byte: After a parent sexually abuses his daughter should the courts grant him custody of his sons? Find out what California courts have to say....more

Free But No Liberty: How Florida Contravenes the Voting Rights Act with Disenfranchisement of Felons

The United States has a long history of denying minorities their right to vote―of practicing racially-motivated disenfranchisement. In early 2011, Florida Governor Rick Scott continued this tradition by issuing an...more

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