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Public Safety Recruitment and Retention Challenges Return with the Economy

The challenge of recruitment and retention for law enforcement has plagued the profession for the past two decades. Back in the dot com boom era, law enforcement agencies were having a difficult time recruiting qualified...more

Amendments to Welfare & Institutions Code Section 8102 Change Petition and Disposition Procedure

Overview: Welfare and Institutions Code section 8102 requires a law enforcement agency to confiscate all firearms or other deadly weapons owned or controlled by someone who has been placed on a mental health hold under...more

Latest Developments From The Connecticut General Assembly

The General Assembly’s Education Committee is conducting a public hearing on March 3, 2014. The Committee will consider testimony on bills that, among other things: 1) require school districts to adopt policies or enter into...more

BB&K Police Bulletin: Gang Members Who Carry Loaded Firearms Can Be Charged With A Felony

“Felonious Criminal Conduct” Under California’s Gang Enhancement Statutes Elevates Misdemeanor Offense to a Felony - Overview: The California Supreme Court has ruled that possession of a firearm by a felon constituted...more

Scrutinizing A Law Enforcement Officer's Tactical Decisions Before Using Deadly Force

BB&K Attorney Tamara Bogosian Anaylzes Recent Court Decisions That Call for Monday Morning Quarterbacking - The U.S. Supreme Court made clear in the 1989 landmark ruling of Graham v. Connor that hindsight was not the...more

Independent Audit of Fresno Video Policing Unit Released

A recent Fresno Bee article discusses an independent audit by a retired federal judge on the City of Fresno’s video policing program. This kind of thorough audit benefits law enforcement and privacy advocates by focusing on...more

PODCAST: How to Respond to a Search Warrant - Ten Practical Steps

Presented by Gina L. Simms and James P. Holloway of Ober|Kaler's Government Investigations and White Collar Defense Group, this podcast provides guidance to health care providers and other corporations on how to respond when...more

The D.C. Circuit Holds That A Judge In D.C. Cannot Authorize A Bug In Maryland

The United States government thought that Lonnell Glover was a drug dealer. They tapped his phone, but he spoke in code so they couldn't get any evidence on him that way....more

Short Wins - The Fair Trial, New Yorker, And Voting Link Edition

Before we get to the last week's wins in the federal circuits, three things: First, I think the most interesting opinion from the federal circuits in the last week is United States v. Murray from the Second Circuit. ...more

Understanding the Plain View Doctrine

The plain view doctrine is an exception to the warrant requirement of the Fourth Amendment, which allows law enforcement to seize incriminating items that are in plain view....more

The Anti-Kickback Statute And The Affordable Care Act: A Law Enforcement Tool Suddenly Goes Missing

With the aggressive pursuit of cases against the pharmaceutical and device industries (including the recent $2.2 billion settlement with Johnson & Johnson), the implementation of Medicare Fraud Strike Forces in major cities...more

Orange County Business Journal: What to do if regulators come knocking?

What should you do if regulators knock on the door to your healthcare facility to execute a search warrant or administrative warrant? Healthcare executives need to understand that law enforcement is increasingly relying on...more

Convention Against Torture As Relief From Removal Based On Cooperation With Law Enforcement Agencies

Generally, noncitizens convicted of crimes defined as aggravated felonies under federal immigration law are automatically disqualified from most forms of relief from deportation. The term “aggravated felony” is a term of...more

The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Business Crime 2014 - General Criminal Law Enforcement (Colombia)

1.1 What authorities can prosecute business crimes, and are there different enforcement authorities at the national and regional levels? The Office of the Attorney General of Colombia, “AGO” (Fiscalía General de la...more

The Milwaukee Police Department Use-Of-Force Numbers More Than Double From Last Year

As noted on our website here, the City of Milwaukee Police Department (“MPD”) has a history of misreporting incidents on violent crime, previously classifying beatings and stabbings as “minor assaults.” Now, as the Milwaukee...more

Germany: Act against Improper Business Practices in force

The Act against Improper Business Practices (“the Act”), passed by the German legislator, came into force on 9 October 2013, although some of its provisions on collections will take effect on 1 November 2014. The Act contains...more

Close Encounters With Law Enforcement

Police reports often describe an officer’s initial contact with a citizen as a consensual encounter. And these so-called consensual encounters sometimes result in searches of the person or car and ultimately in arrests....more

It Does Not Pay To Run

A recent incident involving a Cleveland man illustrates the need to resist the urge to flee if you’re stopped by the police. In March 2013, 42-year-old Cleveland resident Cory D. Locke was observed making a possible...more

Short Wins - A Twofer Week

Due to my own sloth, we're presenting two weeks of short wins in one post. Here it is! There are some good cases here, featuring the Armed Career Criminal Act, the Fourth Amendment, and law enforcement agents...more

White Collar Litigation Update -- Supreme Court Permits Prosecution’s Comments Regarding Suspect’s Silence Where Suspect Did Not...

During government investigations, counsel regularly advise their clients that if a law enforcement agent unexpectedly shows up at their home or office, the client should decline to be interviewed and instead direct the agent...more

SIGTARP's Pursuit of TARP-Related Misconduct – No End in Sight

On July 24, 2013, the Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (“SIGTARP”) filed its latest Quarterly Report to Congress (the “July Report”). The July Report summarizes SIGTARP’s recent...more

Changes to the PIP Law: The Fallout Begins

Last year, we wrote about the effect the new personal injury protection (PIP) law would be likely to have on a number of key players: insurance companies, law enforcement, Florida citizens, lawyers, and certain health care...more

New Jersey to consider allowing police to search cell phones to combat distracted driving [Video]

In June of 2013, a New Jersey state senator introduced a bill that would authorize law enforcement officers to temporarily seize and search a motorist's cell phone after an accident to determine if the motorist was distracted...more

Silence Isn't Always Golden in Government Investigations: Bracing for The Impact of the Supreme Court's Decision in Salinas v...

On June 17, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States issued an opinion with important implications for anybody who wishes to remain silent when interviewed in connection with a criminal investigation whether they know it...more

Short Wins - Fourth Of July Week Edition

Today's featured case is United States v. Hampton for a few reasons....more

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