May 20th, 2013
Over the weekend, I was quoted in a Miami Herald article about the reality TV show “First 48.” The article highlights some of the ways this “reality show”—which is supposed to document homicide investigations—has actually ended up hurting them. The problem with programs like “First 48” is that they compromise the integrity of police investigations [...]
May 3rd, 2013
A cellphone is different from a cigarette pack, the Florida Supreme Court says in a ruling requiring police to get a warrant before searching cellphones seized during an arrest. The ruling deepens the split on the constitutionality of cellphone searches incident to arrest, according to the Volokh.. Read more..
April 9th, 2013
A legal fight over the government’s use of a secret surveillance tool has provided new insight into how the controversial tool works and the extent to which Verizon Wireless aided federal agents in using it to track a suspect. Read more…
April 9th, 2013
The undercover F.B.I. agent, posing as a businessman, was recording the conversation with a device secreted someplace close enough to capture the politician’s words, but obscure enough to remain undetected.. Read more…
March 13th, 2013
A group of U.S. citizens and illegal immigrants filed a series of lawsuits on Tuesday claiming they were abused by Customs and Border Protection agents, including being forced to sit in freezing holding cells for days in southern Texas, reports USA Today. Read more..
November 10th, 2011
Using the First Amendment and the Media to Publicize and Strike Against Rampant Police Corruption Walking by the Boston Common one afternoon in October 2007, Simon Glik saw three police officers forcing a young man face down on a park bench and heard a bystander say, “You’re hurting him.” Concerned that officers were using unreasonable force [...]
September 17th, 2010
It’s a dirty little secret of the criminal justice system: People sometimes confess to crimes they didn’t commit. While it may seem counterintuitive, the complexities of human psychology–coupled with police interrogation tactics– sometimes result in false confessions. According to a recent study by Brandon Garrett, a professor at the University of Virginia School of Law, more than [...]