Tag Archive: police

Oct 02 2013

Fed Prosecutors’ Anonymous Social Media Posts Cause Overturning of Convictions in High-Profile New Orleans Murder Trial

I have blogged quite often about how social media has impacted trials and lawyering, but a decision last week by Federal Judge Kurt D. Englehardt of the District Court in New Orleans was a huge setback in the Justice’ Dept.’s efforts to reform the New Orleans Police Dept. and hold some of its officers accountable …

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Aug 12 2013

Plain Statistics and Common Sense Doomed “Stop and Frisk”

In a landmark decision issued this morning, Southern District of New York Judge Shira Scheindlin struck down as “unconstitutional as applied” the NYPD’s “Stop and Frisk” policy. The decision is the culmination of a nearly four month non-jury trial before Judge Scheindlin in which both sides relied upon statistics and anecdotal evidence to try and …

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Feb 03 2013

NY Times Story About NYPD Lying in Court Only Part of the Story

So this morning’s NY Times article about pervasive perjury in criminal cases by members of the NYPD will come as no surprise to regular criminal defense practitioners. Among those who practice in this field, the practice is called “testilying.” But while Michelle Alexander’s article does a good job of describing the problem and pointing to …

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Nov 28 2012

Supreme Court Upholds Legality of Videotaping Police

This Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review a decision by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals blocking the enforcement of an Illinois eavesdropping law. The broadly written law makes it a felony to make an audio recording of someone without their permission, punishable by four to 15 years in prison. In most …

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