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Watching The Watchers

The Fraternal Order of Police in Maryland is trying to get state legislators to a law that would expand the already impressive legal protections afforded to police officers: A bill drafted by the Fraternal Order of Police would force investigators to throw … Continue reading

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About That New Police Professionalism

In 2006, The Supreme Court issued a decision, Hudson v. Michigan, striking down the Exclusionary Rule for common law knock-and-announce violations by police.  The Court’s decision assumed that evidence obtained subsequent to a knock-and-announce violation didn’t need to be suppressed, because … Continue reading

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The Excited Police Officer Exception

Yesterday I commented on Scott Greenfield’s post regarding a new policy in Dallas, where police are now entitled to “remain silent” for 72 hours after they are involved in a shooting.  One of the “experts” involved in the policy change … Continue reading

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The Qualified Immunity Trap

A police officer pulls somebody over for speeding.  He encounters the driver, and realizes that the driver is recording the officer with a camera.  The officer seizes the camera, and calls a prosecutor for advice on whether the officer can … Continue reading

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6th Circuit: Misrepresenting Facts On Warrant Applications Is AOK!

The Sixth Circuit has issued a fascinating decision.  In Schulz v. Gendregske, the Sixth Circuit held that “no clearly established law compels the conclusion that officers who neither arrested the plaintiff nor swore false statements in a warrant affidavit can be … Continue reading

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Changing The Culture

According to a new report, police and prosecutors are starting to get more involved in exonerating the innocent: Law enforcement officials either initiated or cooperated in more than half of the 63 exonerations recorded during 2012, according to the National … Continue reading

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What’s All This Then?

“An avidity to punish is always dangerous to liberty.  It leads men to stretch, to misinterpret, and to misapply even the best of laws.  He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for … Continue reading

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