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Study: Blacks and Hispanics are indeed more likely to be searched

African-Americans and Hispanics have long suspected they are more likely than whites to be searched and ticketed when they're pulled over. An extensive study by Stanford University researchers has found strong evidence that this is the case.

New DOJ forensic evidence group to set standards for testimony

The evidence continues to mount that commonly accepted forensic science techniques are much less reliable than juries and the public had long been led to believe. In 2015, the FBI revealed that its own analysts had overstated the scientific certainty of microscopic hair analysis tests in at least 90 percent of cases reviewed.

Lawmaker demands release of Justice Dept. enforcement priorities

In light of a number of recent policy announcements by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a leading Senate Democrat is demanding details on the Justice Department's law enforcement priorities. Specifically, Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon is seeking the immediate release of recommendations of the presidential Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, which Sessions leads.

Sessions urges increase in civil forfeitures by law enforcement

Civil forfeiture is a process by which law enforcement agencies seize money and property from suspected criminals and criminal organizations. The assets can be seized whenever law enforcement personnel determine they are connected to, or are the result of, criminal activity. This can occur long before the owner of those assets goes to trial, and it can be an uphill battle trying to get them back.

Is it fair and legal for police to shame defendants on Facebook?

A Boston writer for the Associated Press recently published an article on whether police departments can legally use their Facebook pages to shame defendants they have arrested. The article cites activity from several different cities where police departments, in a quest to "inform the community," have been posting photos of criminal defendants -- in many cases, accompanied by pejorative quips.

Supreme Court asked to rule on reach of email warrants under SCA

The Stored Communications Act was passed as Title II of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986, long before the possibility of cloud computing was even on the horizon. In general, it addresses the government's ability to compel the disclosure of "stored wire and electronic communications and transactional records."

Appeals court strikes down lifetime supervised release as punitive

A federal appellate court has struck down a lower court's order for lifetime supervised release in a case where the defendants' sentences were shortened by an earlier appeal. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the federal supervised release program is not to be used punitively against defendants.

A defendant's rights after being charged with a crime

The Sixth Amendment to the Constitution gives everyone the right to a speedy trial. If a Massachusetts judge deems that a trial took too long to commence, the case may be dismissed. Typically, the word speedy is defined as a reasonable amount of time depending on the circumstances of a given case. In addition to having a case heard in a reasonable amount of time, a defendant's fate must be determined by an impartial jury.

3 elements of a traffic stop that could violate your rights

Serious criminal charges often stem from a simple traffic stop. Because of this, it is understandable that people get scared or nervous when they are pulled over by police. However, you must remember that you have rights during a traffic stop.

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