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  • Murder or Self-Defense if Officer Is Killed in Raid?

    03/18/2017 5:10:20 PM PDT · by Theoria · 54 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 18 March 2017 | Kevin Sack
    With battering rams and flash-bang grenades, SWAT teams fuel the risk of violence as they forcibly enter suspects’ homes. Five months and 85 miles apart, two cases took starkly divergent legal paths. Joshua Aaron Hall had been a resident of the Burleson County Jail for about a week when he requested a meeting with Gene Hermes, the sheriff’s investigator who had locked him up for violating probation. The stocky lawman arrived in the featureless interview room on the morning of Dec. 13, 2013, placed his soda cup on the table and apologized for not getting there sooner. He asked in...
  • FBI ‘Granted FISA Warrant’ Covering Trump Camp’s Ties To Russia (Flashback Nov.7,2016)

    03/04/2017 11:20:13 AM PST · by bobsunshine · 100 replies
    HeatStreet ^ | November 7, 2016 | Louise Mensch |
    Two separate sources with links to the counter-intelligence community have confirmed to Heat Street that the FBI sought, and was granted, a FISA court warrant in October, giving counter-intelligence permission to examine the activities of ‘U.S. persons’ in Donald Trump’s campaign with ties to Russia. Contrary to earlier reporting in the New York Times, which cited FBI sources as saying that the agency did not believe that the private server in Donald Trump’s Trump Tower which was connected to a Russian bank had any nefarious purpose, the FBI’s counter-intelligence arm, sources say, re-drew an earlier FISA court request around possible...
  • Federal Judge Orders Release of Anthony Weiner Search Warrant

    12/19/2016 3:23:53 PM PST · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 15 replies
    NbcNewYork ^ | 12/18/16
    A federal judge in New York has ordered the public release of the search warrant that FBI agents used to reopen their investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server just weeks before the presidential election. U.S. District Judge P. Kevin Castel ruled Monday that the public had a right to see the warrant, which was secretly filed with the court on Oct. 20. Trump's Cabinet Picks In Their Own Words Agents used the warrant to get access to emails stored on a computer belonging to Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin. The...
  • Warrant: Indiana workers submitted bogus voter registrations

    11/15/2016 10:05:35 PM PST · by NImerc · 15 replies
    WTAE ^ | Nov. 15, 2016 | BRIAN SLODYSKO
    Employees of an Indiana voter mobilization group with deep ties to the Democratic Party submitted several hundred voter registrations that included false, incomplete or fraudulent information, according to a search warrant unsealed Monday.
  • FBI obtains warrant to search emails

    FBI obtains warrant to search emails as Hillary Clinton's 12-point lead over Donald Trump 'wiped out': Monday US election briefing The FBI has obtained a warrant to begin searching newly discovered emails belonging to top Clinton aide Huma Abedin. Agents are attempting to examine as many of the emails as possible before election day on November 8. However the fact there are 650,000 emails has led to fears that the new probe could last weeks, and, if Hillary Clinton wins the election, hamper the early part of her presidency.  “The process has begun,” a federal law enforcement official said. 
  • FBI Obtains Warrant Needed to Start Reviewing Emails Found on Laptop Used by Clinton Aide

    10/30/2016 4:10:05 PM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 53 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 30, 2016 | Mike Levine
    Federal investigators looking into the Hillary Clinton email matter have obtained the warrant needed to start reviewing the emails found on a laptop used by Clinton aide Huma Abedin and her husband, Anthony Weiner. FBI Director James Comey told Congress Friday that the agency was again reviewing emails related to Clinton's personal server, after it learned of additional information that might be relevant to the case. Comey sent a letter to key members of Congress informing them that although the FBI had previously announced the completion of its investigation into Clinton's email server, new information had prompted additional review. "In...
  • FBI Obtains Warrant for Newly Discovered Emails in Clinton Probe

    10/30/2016 3:22:48 PM PDT · by springwater13 · 277 replies
    The FBI obtained a warrant to search emails related to the Hillary Clinton private server probe that were discovered on ex-congressman Anthony Weiner's laptop, law enforcement officials confirmed Sunday. The warrant came two days after FBI director James Comey revealed the existence of the emails, which law-enforcement sources said were linked to Weiner's estranged wife, top Clinton aide Huma Abedin. The FBI already had a warrant to search Weiner's laptop, but that only applied to evidence of his allegedly illicit communications with an underage girl.
  • In first, U.S. judge throws out cell phone 'stingray' evidence

    07/13/2016 9:45:49 AM PDT · by Theoria · 38 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12 July 2016 | Nate Raymond
    For the first time, a federal judge has suppressed evidence obtained without a warrant by U.S. law enforcement using a stingray, a surveillance device that can trick suspects' cell phones into revealing their locations. U.S. District Judge William Pauley in Manhattan on Tuesday ruled that defendant Raymond Lambis' rights were violated when the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration used such a device without a warrant to find his Washington Heights apartment. The DEA had used a stingray to identify Lambis' apartment as the most likely location of a cell phone identified during a drug-trafficking probe. Pauley said doing so constituted an...
  • Michigan Teen Challenging Warrantless Breathalyzer Law

    06/08/2016 1:29:44 PM PDT · by Theoria · 51 replies
    NBC News ^ | 08 June 2016 | Corky Siemaszko
    A Michigan teen who was ticketed — as a passenger — for balking at taking a Breathalyzer test says that she refused because the detective did not have a warrant. Now 17-year-old Casey Guthrie has filed a federal lawsuit against the cop who slapped her with the $100 citation last month. The honor student is also challenging the constitutionality of a Michigan law that makes it a civil infraction for anybody under age 21 to refuse a police officer's request to blow into the device — and does not require the cop to produce a warrant. "No adequate remedy exists...
  • Weaponized Drones For Law Enforcement Now Legal In North Dakota

    09/01/2015 4:44:59 PM PDT · by Theoria · 24 replies
    Forbes ^ | 26 Aug 2015 | Gregory Ferenstein
     Drones can now legally fight criminals in the United States with non-lethal weapons thanks to a recently amended bill in North Dakota. The law’s author, Representative Rick Becker, originally wanted to require police to secure a warrant for drone surveillance.But, then local law enforcement managed to sneak in the right to equip drones with tasers or rubber bullets by amending the original prohibition against lethal and non-lethal force to just limiting lethal weapons. Becker worries that this new franken-bill will have dramatic unintended consequences.“I think it’s important to maintain the humanity in making decisions to deploy weapons against another individual,” he...
  • Trooper fatally shoots suspect while delivering warrant in Reading

    02/13/2015 8:16:46 AM PST · by RBW in PA · 37 replies
    Pocono Record ^ | February 13, 2015 | N/A
    READING, Pa. — Pennsylvania State Police say a trooper fatally shot a man while serving an arrest warrant at a Reading row home. Police say the man resisted arrest before the trooper opened fire about 4 a.m. Friday. A neighbor tells the Reading Eagle he saw police in SWAT gear and heard shouting, a loud explosion and five or six gunshots. The trooper is a member of the state police's Special Emergency Response Team. The unit had been called in to assist Berks County detectives in serving the warrant. Police say the warrant was for the man who was shot....
  • The Limits of Police Subterfuge

    12/19/2014 10:18:09 AM PST · by Theoria · 3 replies
    Schneier on Security ^ | 17 Dec 2014 | Bruce Schneier
    "The next time you call for assistance because the Internet service in your home is not working, the 'technician' who comes to your door may actually be an undercover government agent. He will have secretly disconnected the service, knowing that you will naturally call for help and -- ­when he shows up at your door, impersonating a technician­ -- let him in. He will walk through each room of your house, claiming to diagnose the problem. Actually, he will be videotaping everything (and everyone) inside. He will have no reason to suspect you have broken the law, much less probable...
  • Defense says FBI posed as repairmen to get into Las Vegas hotel villa

    10/29/2014 10:40:11 AM PDT · by Theoria · 13 replies
    AP ^ | 29 Oct 2014 | Alicia A. Caldwell
    Federal agents turned off Internet access to three luxury villas at Caesars Palace then impersonated repair technicians to surreptitiously get inside and collect evidence in an investigation of online sports betting, according to defense lawyers challenging the practice. The FBI employed the ruse against the recommendation of an assistant U.S. attorney, Kimberly Frayn, according to lawyers for four of eight men charged in the case. They filed a motion late Tuesday in federal court in Las Vegas to dismiss evidence in the case. According to a conversation recorded by an investigator for the hotel, the prosecutor told FBI agents "it...
  • Nashville Police Chief: Secret Service Tried to Fool Armed Homeowner with Fake Search Warrant

    10/16/2014 1:09:31 PM PDT · by marktwain · 56 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 16 October, 2014 | Robert Farago
    Nashville Police Chief: Secret Service Tried to Fool Armed Homeowner with Fake Search Warrant By Robert Farago on October 16, 2014 “Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson recently sent a letter to Congress alleging that Secret Service agents asked Nashville police to falsify a warrant so that the agents could search the home of a Nashville resident who had posted about President Obama on Facebook,” benswann.com reports. More specifically, “in January of 2013, Secret Service agents working out of the Nashville field office visited the home of the resident who made the Facebook postings and knocked on his door. Then, an...
  • Cops Back Off From Plan to Photograph Boy's Erection

    07/11/2014 2:49:25 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 51 replies
    Newser ^ | July 11, 2014 | Rob Quinn
    Sanity appears to have prevailed in Manassas, Virginia, where authorities had planned to chemically induce an erection in a 17-year-old boy accused of making child pornography of himself by sending explicit photos to his 15-year-old girlfriend. The aunt says she's glad police are dropping the plan, but she won't be satisfied until they drop what she says are overblown felony charges of manufacture and possession of child pornography.
  • ‘Get a Warrant’: Judicial Engagement Results In Huge Win For Digital Privacy

    06/27/2014 11:31:15 AM PDT · by Hugin · 6 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5:28 PM 06/25/2014 | Evan Bernick
    Can cops simply take your cell phone and browse through it to their hearts’ content after they arrest you? Today, in Riley v. California, a unanimous Supreme Court answered that question with a resounding “no.” It’s not only a victory for digital privacy, but an example of the kind of judicial engagement that we desperately need to protect our liberties from unreasonable government interference. In Riley, the Court addressed the question of whether the Fourth Amendment’s warrant requirement applies to cell phone searches. In two separate cases, individuals were arrested and searched by police. The police took their cell phones...
  • 7th Circuit upholds warrantless entry, seizure of gun rights activist

    05/14/2014 9:55:15 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 40 replies
    Journal Sentinel ^ | 05/13/2014 | Bruce Vielmetti
    Milwaukee police who forced their way into a gun rights advocate's home without a warrant, took her for an emergency mental evaluation and seized her gun were justified under the circumstances and protected from her civil rights claims, a federal appeals court has ruled. "The intrusions upon Sutterfield's privacy were profound," Judge Ilana Rovner wrote for three-judge panel. "At the core of the privacy protected by the Fourth Amendment is the right to be let alone in one's home." But the court also found, that on the other hand, "There is no suggestion that (police) acted for any reason other...
  • Pa. high court rules police no longer need warrant to search vehicles

    04/30/2014 3:09:09 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 52 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 04-30-2014 | Jessica Chasmar
    Pennsylvania police officers no longer need a warrant to search a citizen’s vehicle, the state’s Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. Drivers in the state used to be able to refuse a warrantless search, but now their vehicles can be subject to search when a police officer determines there is “reasonable probable cause” to do so, the Intelligencer Journal reported. The high court’s ruling, passed on a 4-2 vote, is being called a drastic change in citizens’ rights and police authority, the paper said. “This is a significant change in long-standing Pennsylvania criminal law, and it is a good one,” said Lancaster...
  • Confirmed: Americans Searched Without Warrants

    04/02/2014 8:03:40 AM PDT · by xzins · 21 replies
    CBN ^ | April 02, 2014 | CBN
    The National Security Agency has searched the communications of American citizens without obtaining warrants, the administration's top intelligence official confirmed this week. James Clapper, director of National Intelligence, confirmed the practice in a letter to Congress Tuesday. He didn't say when or how often the searches took place. The NSA gathers the communications of ordinary Americans, but it had not been clear if those records had been searched. "Senior officials have sometimes suggested that government agencies do not deliberately read Americans' emails, monitor their online activity or listen to their phone calls without a warrant," Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and...
  • Probable Cause

    03/27/2014 6:28:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 27, 2014 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    Except for the definition and mechanism of proving treason, no area of the Constitution addressing the rights of all persons when the government is pursuing them is more specific than the Fourth Amendment. The linchpin of that specificity is the requirement that the government demonstrate probable cause to a judge as a precondition to the judge issuing a search warrant. The other specific requirement is identity: The government must identify whose property it wishes to search or whose behavior it wishes to monitor, because the Fourth Amendment requires that all warrants specifically describe the place to be searched or the...