A man brought a lawsuit against police officers alleging violations of his Fourth Amendment rights. The officers conducted searches of his car, home, and workplace in connection with allegations that he disseminated indecent...more
Congress these days seems to have noticed that we have too many federal criminal laws - which is a good thing (the Congressional notice, less the excessive criminal laws).
Last week, the House Judiciary Committee heard...more
Overview: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld evidence of child pornography obtained from two searches of a defendant’s computer and home office. In the first search, a CompUSA service technician called police...more
In April 2013, Rehtaeh Parsons died after her parents took her off life support following a suicide attempt after months of enduring cyber bullying. The harassment was the result of a photo depicting Parsons allegedly being...more
Overview: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently found that probable cause supported a warrant authorizing the electronic search of computer equipment and digital storage devices belonging to a suspected child...more
A human trafficking story in Guildford County recently came to light after deputies from the Guildford County Sheriff’s Office, following a lead, discovered a female being held in a house against her will. The 16-year-old...more
Here is a modern-day parental dilemma: Your 15-year-old son is caught sending photos of a topless classmate to a bunch of his friends. He claims that the girl borrowed his cell phone and took the pictures herself. He was just...more
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
On May 28, the DOJ announced the unsealing of an indictment against a global virtual currency service and seven of its principals and employees, alleging that the firm and its employees knowingly facilitated money laundering...more
Last week was an active week in the federal appeals courts.
Perhaps most interesting - especially to those who are concerned about the state of our federal public defenders - is the Second Circuit's opinion in United...more
All teenagers make mistakes, but Florida’s Phillip Alpert will be paying for his youthful misstep for the rest of his life. Just after turning 18, Alpert sent out a naked photo of his 16-year-old girlfriend in a moment of...more
Federal resources are limited. As much as we think the feds are omnipotent and have surplus manpower, they have limits. So, we see shifts in the types of crimes that land in federal court....more
The vast increase in the use of wireless data networks has led to new legal issues regarding network users’ right to privacy. A recent opinion issued by the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon indicates that, under...more
It's a good week in the federal circuits for folks accused of a crime.
Instead of the all-too-common diet of sentencing remands, there are some nice wins on our rights against unreasonable searches and seizures and...more