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“Stay Put” Seizure by Law Enforcement Clarified by the Court

When officers carry out a “consensual encounter” with a member of the public, unless they have reasonable suspicion that someone is breaking the law, they are not permitted to detain the person for any longer than necessary...more

Use Of Police Reports By School District In The Aftermath Of The Supreme Court’s Recent Ruling

Police reports are a practical tool for school districts in investigating (and countering) both student and employee misconduct. The Connecticut Supreme Court has resolved an intense debate about what law enforcement...more

New Jersey’s New Law Mandates Video Cameras in Police Vehicles: When it Comes to Law Enforcement Encounters, a Video is Worth a...

These days, cameras seem to be everywhere. From shameless “selfies” to stealthy surveillance videos, our every move seems to be memorialized in some way, like it or not. While some may long for more private times when many...more

Drone on Drones: The (Dated) Law of the Skies

In the 1980s, the Supreme Court issued two decisions that remain the prevailing authority on law enforcement’s practice of warrantless, aerial surveillance. In California v. Ciraolo, the Court held that a police officer...more

Your Client is Hacked and Personal Information is Leaked Online – Now What?

You are general counsel to a company, and your CEO steps into your office, clutching his iPhone in one hand and wiping sweat from his brow with the other, and tells you that a compromising photograph of him was stolen from...more

Illinois Court Holds That Coverage for Malicious Prosecution Claim Is Triggered When the Prosecution Is Commenced, Not When It Is...

An Illinois appellate court recently held in St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Co. v. City of Zion that coverage under a law enforcement liability policy for a malicious prosecution claim is triggered when the wrongful...more

Mile-High Marijuana for Arizonans #CriminalDefenseAttorney

As a criminal defense attorney in Arizona, I was paying particularly close attention on January 1, 2014, when Colorado became the first state in the Union to permit the legal use of recreational marijuana. In amending their...more

Don’t Make Promises That You Cannot Keep: Greenwich Silver Shield Association v. Town of Greenwich, the FOIA and Discrimination...

Investigations in the public sector confront the competing demands of employee privacy rights and the public’s “right to know” under the Freedom of Information Act [“FOIA”]. Another decision by the Freedom of Information...more

Status Updates - September 2014 #7

..Time out. New FTC rules will generally require Internet retailers to give consumers the option of a full refund for an online purchase that the retailer failed to ship within the time period promised in the retailer’s...more

Emerging Technologies Push the Boundaries of Privacy Law

As technology developers continue to push the envelope on services and applications affecting the daily lives of consumers, the intersection of technology and privacy is becoming increasingly fraught with legal implications...more

Non-party SIU Ordered to Produce Witness Statements in Police Litigation

In the recent case McGillivary v. Toronto Police Services Board, 2014 ONSC 865, Master Muir granted the plaintiffs’ Rule 30.10 documentary production motion with regards to evidence obtained by the non-party Special...more

Bad News Barnes and China’s Overseas Efforts to Fight Corruption

I thought about Bad News Barnes whilst reading some recent Financial Times (FT) articles about China’s fight against corruption. They were “China takes its anti-corruption battle to foreign shores” and “China bribe cases pose...more

China Update - September 2014

In This Issue: - U.S-China Relations - Chinese Embassy News - Energy & Environment - Trade - Excerpt from U.S.-China Relations: Ambassador Baucus Remarks on Corruption: On August 15,...more

A Moment of Simple Justice - Ferguson & the Media [Video]

Sept. 16, 2014 (Mimesis Law) -- With the arrests of several journalists during the protests in Ferguson, Scott wonders if the relationship between the police and media has changed. Can the press report the news independent of...more

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law: September 12, 2014

The Virginia Supreme Court issued opinions Friday morning. After last term issuing no opinions significantly affecting Virginia Local Government Law (at least not in this author’s judgment), this term resulted in two both...more

Law Enforcement Must Preserve Police Camera Video Known to be "Potentially Useful" to the Defense

Court faults officers for failing to preserve video footage and orders charges dismissed - Overview: The Court of Appeal held in a published case that officers violated a defendant’s due process rights by failing to...more

Police Departments Turning to Body-Mounted Cameras

As a regular presenter on use of force tactics to law enforcement academies, I am often asked why all law enforcement agencies have not implemented body-mounted cameras for all uniformed officers. The simple answer is that...more

Appellate Court Rules that Recent Decisions Requiring Search Warrant for Forced Blood Draw or to Search Cell Phones Do Not Apply...

Courts hold that officers may rely on law in effect at the time they conduct a search - Overview: The California Court of Appeal recently held, in two separate rulings, that the recent holdings requiring law...more

Drone on Drones: Government Regulation of Drones in Law Enforcement

While a controversial proposed state bill that would restrict law enforcement agencies’ use of drones is drawing criticism, the federal government is also tackling ways to regulate the use of this new technology. These...more

Police Militarization: The Problem is Optics, Not the Equipment

Police militarization has emerged as a dominant theme in the coverage of civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. That’s for good reason – though not the reason many might think. Just about every televised report on the...more

How to: another lesson on ethics and compliance to combat corruption

Earlier this month, Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old, was shot dead by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. While the law officials claim that the encounter was a result of provocation on Brown’s part, some...more

Microsoft Ordered to Hand Over Data to the U.S. Government

In April, Microsoft tried to quash a search warrant from law enforcement agents in the United States (U.S.) that asked the technology company to produce the contents of one of its customer’s emails stored on a server located...more

Traffic Ticket Quotas

The policy of assigning quotas for the number of traffic tickets each officer must issue officially ended in Illinois after Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation in June. This is good news for some drivers but ending the policy...more

Police and Body Cameras: Will Cameras Reduce Claims and Increase Transparency?

1600 hours: After briefing, the officer starts her shift. She straps on a body camera. But what next? Can the officer activate or deactivate the recording? Can the footage be deleted during her shift? What if the suspect, the...more

3 keys to preventing problem officers in your ranks

During my 30+ year career in law enforcement, I had the privilege of working with some of the best and brightest investigators in law enforcement. I watched in amazement as crimes were solved and arrests were made by building...more

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