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High Court Deals Major Blow To Criminal Defendants

The U.S. Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision in Kaley v. United States, 571 U.S. __, Case No. 12-464 (Feb. 25, 2014) essentially finds that the grand jury should have the last word. The Kaley case involved the right to counsel when...more

A Genetic Panopticon: Undermining The Fourth Amendment

The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States gives citizens freedom from unreasonable search and seizure and requires any warrant for arrest or seizure to be supported by probable cause. That warrant must be...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

Court to Rule on Exceptions to Warrant Requirement for GPS Tracking

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit is set to become the first federal appellate court to answer the question left open by the Supreme Court in United States v. Jones. Last year, the Court held in Jones that a...more

Do Undercover Cops Have Unlimited Power?

Fans of the television show Breaking Bad remember the scene when Badger, the drug dealer, refused to sell drugs to a man he suspected was an undercover cop. The man managed to convince Badger that he was just a regular guy,...more

"Ruff" Ruling For Defendant: Supreme Court Says Dog's Alert To Drugs Is Reliable Based On All Of The Circumstances

In Florida v. Harris, a recent case decided on February 19, 2013, the Supreme Court held that a dog's alert can be sufficient to establish probable cause if all of the facts surrounding a dog's alert, viewed through the lens...more

Overview Of Search And Seizure Laws

Search and seizure is fundamental element of criminal practice. It ties in directly with the process of discovery and the doctrines of reasonable suspicion and probable cause. It is a constitutional guarantee as expressed in...more

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