Federal Judge Rules Unlicensed Dogs Aren’t Protected By Fourth Amendment

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that a Michigan woman has no basis to sue the Detroit Police Department (DPD) for shooting her three dogs because they were not properly licensed. U.S. District Court Judge George Caram Steeh dismissed a federal civil rights lawsuit filed by Detroit resident Nikita Smith last last year after a marijuana raid by Detroit police left her three dogs shot to death.

Source: Federal Judge Rules Unlicensed Dogs Aren’t Protected By Fourth Amendment

34 criminal cases tossed after body cam footage shows cop planting drugs

Maryland prosecutors have tossed 34 criminal cases and are re-examining dozens more in the aftermath of recent revelations that a Baltimore police officer accidentally recorded himself planting drugs in a trash-strewn alley. Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said that, in all, 123 cases are under review in the wake of a scandal in which one officer has been suspended and two others put on administrative duty.

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PA: Conflict of laws: PA law applies as site of crime even though blood draw in NY

Defendant had a DUI accident in Pennsylvania and his blood was drawn at an ER in New York for medical purposes. New York law would exclude the evidence, but Pennsylvania law would not because the doctor-patient privileged doesn’t apply in … Continue reading →

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Federal Appeals Court Castigates Kansas Cops for Pot Raid Triggered by Tea

Today a federal appeals court revived a lawsuit filed by Robert and Adlynn Harte, the Kansas couple whose Leawood home was raided in 2012 based on a visit to a garden store and discarded tea leaves that police claimed tested positive for marijuana.

Source: Federal Appeals Court Castigates Kansas Cops for Pot Raid Triggered by Tea

The Intercept Publishes A Post From James Clapper’s Classified Blog… the ‘Intercept’

The Intercept Publishes A Post From James Clapper’s Classified Blog… the ‘Intercept’

by Tim Cushing

Techdirt. / 2016-12-16 13:25

from the stupid-spoiled-Americans-and-their-rights dept

The Intercept, a site that regularly publishes classified documents, reports that the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, also publishes a classified internal blog