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Article • November 8, 2016 • from PLN November, 2016
Pennsylvania: Former Cop Indefinitely Jailed for Failure to Supply Passwords by In March 2015, former Philadelphia police sergeant Francis Rawls, 37, was identified as a suspect in a child porno­graphy ring. As part of the investigation, Delaware County authorities confiscated several electronic devices from Rawls’ home and requested that he ...
Publication • August 9, 2016
Breach of Privilege: Spying on Lawyers in the United States, NLG , 2014 - A National Lawyers Guild Report - Breach of Privilege: Spying on Lawyers in the United States By Traci Yoder April 2014 About the Author Traci Yoder is Senior Researcher and Student Organizer at the National Lawyers ...
Courts Divided on Confidentiality of Attorney-Prisoner Email by Derek Gilna The fact that prosecutors and corrections officials read emails between prisoners and their lawyers comes as no surprise to most defense attorneys, many of whom find it ironic that the very public officials paid to enforce the laws do not ...
Publication • February 8, 2016
Cellular Telephone Subpoena Guide Cellular Telephone Subpoena Guide The chart below contains the contact information for the Subpoena Compliance Centers for various cell phone companies and social media networks. Provider AT&T Address AT&T Wireless* 208 South Akard, 10th Floor Dallas, Texas 75202 Phone Number (800) 291-4952 Fax Number Wireless (877) ...
Publication • April 19, 2015
Mail Cover Surveillence: Problems and Recommendations, NACDL Report, 2015 MAIL COVER SURVEILLANCE: PROBLEMS AND RECOMMENDATIONS A Report by NACDL’s Fourth Amendment Advocacy Committee Reporter: Steven R. Morrison April 19, 2015 Mail Cover Surveillance: Problems and Recommendations Steven R. Morrison Reporter, NACDL Vice-Chair, Fourth Amendment Advocacy Committee April 19, 2015 Introduction ...
Article • September 15, 2012 • from PLN September, 2012
Google Provides Law Enforcement and Courts with User Information, Censors Content by Joe Watson Tech giant Google congratulated itself in October 2011 for refusing two “takedown” requests from U.S. law enforcement agencies that claimed videos of police brutality posted on YouTube were defamatory. Google owns YouTube, the Internet’s most popular ...
Article • August 15, 2012 • from PLN August, 2012
“Fusion Centers” Gather Intelligence on U.S. Citizens by Derek Gilna Homeland Security-financed agencies called “fusion centers,” ostensibly formed to collect information to prevent 9/11-type terrorist attacks, have expanded their scope of operations to include ordinary street-level crime. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) recently expressed concerns about a fusion center ...
Colorado District Court Examines Responsibility in Issuing Search Warrants Following $425,000 Settlement for Illegal Computer Search by A $425,000 settlement was reached in December, 2011 in a federal civil rights action against a prosecutor who approved an application for an illegal search. It may be the first ruling of its ...
Article • November 15, 2011
California Supreme Court Rules Cell Phones Can be Searched after Arrest by By Derek Gilna In the case of People v. Diaz, the California Supreme Court ruled that after police take a cell phone from a suspect during an arrest, they can search the phone's text messages without a warrant. ...
Article • November 15, 2011
Suit Challenging Election Surveillance May Go Forward, Second Circuit Decides by A lawsuit challenging the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendments of 2008 (FAA) may proceed, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit decided March 21, 2011. The lower court dismissed the suit on standing grounds. Amnesty International, with ...
Article • September 15, 2010 • from PLN September, 2010
Technology, Budget Cuts Make Sex Offender Monitoring More Difficult by Matthew Clarke by Matt Clarke Technological innovations and tech-savvy sex offenders, combined with budget cuts, have made it harder for law enforcement authorities to monitor the nation’s estimated 716,750 registered sex offenders (RSOs). That does not include all RSOs, as ...
Utah Sex Offender Registration Injunction Vacated by On August 20, 2009, a Utah federal court lifted the injunction it had previously issued against the Utah sex offender registry requiring registered sex offenders to register their internet names and passwords. John Doe is the pseudonym for a man who was convicted ...
Article • May 15, 2007
Dismissal of Minnesota Sex Offender's Search and Seizure Claim Upheld by The U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal of a civilly committed Minnesota prisoner's claim that the search and seizure of his property violated his constitutional rights and state law. While imprisoned at the Moose Lake facility ...
Article • May 15, 2001 • from PLN May, 2001
Software Glitch Frees Washington Probationers by A computer error at the Washington state Department of Corrections prematurely released about 70 people from criminal supervision or restitution payments. People convicted of crimes such as robbery, drug possession and assault were suddenly freed from supervision on April 21, 2000, said DOC spokesman ...
Article • August 15, 2000 • from PLN August, 2000
Washington Ends Prison Telemarketing by Paul Wright By Paul Wright On May 13, 1999, the Washington Department of Corrections ended its last remaining prison telemarketing program. As reported in the August, 1998, issue of PLN, prison telemarketing has had a controversial history in Washington prisons. In 1998 the Washington DOC ...
Article • April 15, 2000 • from PLN April, 2000
Error in Electronic Docket Tolls Appeal Deadline by The court of appeals for the Eleventh circuit held that a lawyer's reliance on a district court's electronic docketing system to monitor a case's progress would toll the 30 day time limit in which to file a notice of appeal. As state ...
Megan's Law Fallout by Willie Wisely by W. Wisely The 1996 Megan's Law, an amendment to the 1994 Wetterling Act, requires public notice when convicted sex offenders move into a community. Some 14 states provide that public notice by posting photographs, addresses, and conviction records of sex offenders on Web ...
Article • June 15, 1995 • from PLN June, 1995
Filed under: Searches, Computer Searches
DOJ Issues Guidelines for Seizing and Searching Computers by The Department of Justice has issued its guidelines concerning the search and seizure of computers and related equipment and information. The guidelines were compiled by attorneys, technical experts and agents from nearly a dozen law enforcement agencies and address a wide ...