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June 2017 Archives

ACLU: Defendants not being told when evidence derived by wiretap

Federal criminal defendants are being denied their full right to confront the evidence against them, according to a lawsuit recently brought by the American Civil Liberties Union. This is because the U.S. Department of Justice doesn't notify defendants when evidence against them was obtained via secret wiretaps and other surveillance under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act or the Wiretap Act.

A DUI arrest doesn't have to knock the wind out of you

Up until recently, the worst thing that may have happened to you while driving involved a speeding ticket. Then, after you had a couple of drinks with your friends or your family, you got behind the wheel. You hear sirens, see flashing lights and begin to wonder if your breath smells like alcohol.

Court skeptical of 'therapeutic' polygraph tests for parolees

The U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services has apparently been using lie detector tests as on criminal defendants in what it refers to as "therapeutic polygraphy." That this has been going on for decades comes as a surprise, since in 2004 the American Psychological Association said that there is "little evidence that polygraph tests can accurately detect lies."

Sheriff's dragnet-style mass search of students spurs controversy

Should law enforcement pursue the War on Drugs by searching everyone they encounter until every hidden cache of drugs is found? Most people would say no; even more if it meant an intimate, under-clothes search of each of our kids. Searching every student because a small minority is involved in drug activity seems absurd.

Did ExxonMobil use sham accounting to justify oil sands project?

The Attorney General of New York has accused ExxonMobil of providing what may be "materially false and misleading statements" to investors, and he's not the only prosecutor with its site set on the oil giant. Massachusetts' Attorney General is involved in a federal case against the company, and the Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating.

Are you dying to know if it's homicide or murder?

The last time you watched a crime show or a movie involving the death of one person at the hands of another, chances are the characters used the words homicide and murder interchangeably. In reality, the definitions of the two words include important distinctions.

Why was Tiger Woods arrested for DUI if he wasn't drunk?

Golfing legend Tiger Woods was found asleep in his Mercedes Benz on Memorial Day. He wasn't far from his home in Jupiter, Florida. Instead of waking him up and sending him on his way, however, local police asked him to perform field sobriety tests, which he failed. He was arrested for DUI.

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