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Audit of the DEA’s Management and Oversight of its Confidential Source Program, OAG, 2016 Office of the Inspector General U.S. Department of Justice Audit of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Management and Oversight of its Confidential Source Program Audit Division 16-33 September 2016 AUDIT OF THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION’S MANAGEMENT AND ...
Article • July 9, 2014 • from PLN July, 2014
Kentucky Prisoner’s Due Process Rights Violated in Disciplinary Hearing by Robert Warlick Kentucky Prisoner’s Due Process Rights Violated in Disciplinary Hearing by Robert Warlick On August 29, 2013, the Kentucky Supreme Court affirmed an appellate decision that found an Adjustment Committee (AC) in a prison disciplinary proceeding had violated a ...
Secret Justice: Criminal Informants and America’s Underground Legal System by Alexandra Natapoff I. Introduction Although it is almost invisible to the public, the use of criminal informants is everywhere in the U.S. justice system. From street corners to jails to courthouses to prisons, every year the government negotiates thousands of ...
Reversal of Summary Judgment on 55-Day New York SHU Placement Claim by The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed the grant of summary judgment to a prison hearings officer in a lawsuit concerning a prisoner’s improper placement in administrative segregation. On January 3, 2001, New York state prisoner Samuel ...
Judge Recommends Denial of Suppression Motion Related to Recordings Obtained from CCA by U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert E. Larsen has recommended the denial of a motion to suppress phone recordings of a plot to harm a federal witness obtained by the government through a Rule 17 subpoena without a court ...
Assessment of Prison Account Without Seizure of Funds Implicates Due Process in Third Circuit by Mark Wilson In an important case of first impression, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that an assessment of a prisoner’s trust account without an actual seizure of funds implicates a ...
WA Court Denies Petition Challenging Refusal to Review Confidential Information in Disciplinary Hearing by The Washington State Court of Appeals, Division II, has denied a personal restraint petition (PRP) that claimed a prisoner’s due process rights were violated when the Department of Corrections (DOC) refused his requests to review confidential ...
Seventh Circuit Upholds False Disciplinary Charges; Due Process Violation in Transfer to Supermax Voluntarily Dismissed by The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a district court’s order dismissing a prisoner’s claim that guards violated his due process rights by fabricating a disciplinary charge and then finding him guilty based upon ...
Article • August 15, 2008
Informant’s Identity Not Disclosed in Disciplinary Hearing by The plaintiff in a disciplinary due process case sought disclosure of the identity of a confidential informant. The court denies it because it could endanger the informant's life and undermine security. Also, since the issue is whether 104 days in segregation was ...
Prisoner’s Oral Complaints Worthy of First Amendment Protection; by Prisoner's Oral Complaints Worthy of First Amendment Protection; $1 in Damages and $1.50 in Fees Awarded The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has held that a prisoner's oral complaints about matters of "public concern" that are designed to "urge a change ...
Police Informant's Identity Protected; Investigation Spurred by Accusation Merit Less by Pennsylvania policeman Mathew Barton appealed the dismissal of his action to compel Inspector Ralph Penco, the Police Commissioner, and the City of Philadelphia to disclose the identity of an informant who accused him of receiving stolen property. No action ...
Foreign Fugitive Awards May Fall Under FSIA’S Commercial Activity Sovereign Immunity Exception by Foreign Fugitive Awards May Fall Under FSIA'S Commercial Activity Sovereign Immunity Exception Jose Guevara filed suit against the Republic of Peru and two Peruvian officials in 2001 for failure to fulfill a contract. The suit was removed ...
Fed Prisoner's FOIA Request for Investigation-Related Documents Properly Denied by In 1997, Willie E. Boyd, a federal prisoner, was convicted of charges related to a gun and bag of cocaine found in his girlfriend's closet. He later discovered that his girlfriend's brother was a government informant who had sold drugs ...
Article • December 15, 2007
South Carolina Law Enforcement Reports Ordered Disclosed To Media by Newberry Publishing Company, Inc. (Publisher), appealed a court ruling denying an investigative report's production. The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division claimed that it was exempt as investigative material. The court reversed the order for nondisclosure with few exceptions. The Publisher ...
False Arrest Nets Guard and Wife $1.2 Million by A Florida jail guard and his wife, a jail food safety inspector, have been awarded $1,231,700 for their arrest on false charges of smuggling drugs into the jail. On September 11, 2003, Lawrence and Gayle Femminella ?were arrested on charges of ...
Massachusetts District Court: FBI Ordered to Pay $101.7 Million for Malicious Prosecution by Michael Rigby A federal judge in Massachusetts has awarded $101.7 million to four innocent men who were framed by the FBI for a murder they did not commit. In a scathing 228-page decision entered on July 26, ...
“War on Terror” Whistleblowers, Dissenters are Fired, Prosecuted; Plaintiff’s Lawyers Help Turn Them In by Alex Friedmann War on Terror Whistleblowers, Dissenters are Fired, Prosecuted; Plaintiff's Lawyers Help Turn Them In by Alex Friedmann In January 2005, Lt. Commander Matthew M. Diaz was a Navy staff judge advocate serving a ...
Prison Disciplinary Conviction on Unidentified Informant's Testimony Okay by The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, affirming the U.S. District Court of Oregon, held that a prisoner's due process rights in a prison disciplinary hearing were not violated despite the lack of specificity in the time frame for the prison ...
Informants Require Reliability Evaluation by A federal district court in New York held that an independent credibility assessment must be done before statements from confidential informants could be used in a prison disciplinary hearing. Plaintiff was infracted for stabbing another prisoner at Sing Sing prison. The only evidence against him ...
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