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Vol. 38 No. 1 Jan / Feb 2009
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Highlights of This Issue

Special Bulletin:
  • ADA Amendments Effective January 1, 2009 Expand Grounds for Employee Claims

United States Supreme Court Action

  • Selected Pending Supreme Court Cases and Status Reports on Pending Cases; Web Site Information

Federal and State Decisions

  • Arrest, Search and Seizure Issues: what constitutes seizure; automobile passenger; community-caretaking doctrine; search warrant; confidential informant; corroboration; nexus of drugs to home; search incident to arrest; timing; inventory search; itemization; stop and frisk; reasonable suspicion; anonymous calls; officer safety; exigent circumstances for house entry; child neglect; mentally disabled persons; consent; handcuffed suspect; co-occupant of apartment; automobiles
  • Interrogation Issues: Invocation of rights; initiation of conversation; waiver; prolonged interrogation; nodding of head; Sixth Amendment right to counsel
  • Crimes; Evidence; Trial Issues: resisting arrest; fruit of the poisonous tree; tampering with evidence; police failure to preserve videotape of traffic stop; chain of custody—drugs; witness reference to lie detector test; motorcycle gangs; police witnesses; comment on defendant’s silence; expert testimony on street gangs and drug modus operandi
  • Civil Liability/Personnel Law Issues: liability for false arrest; jurisdiction; “integral participation”; supervisors; protesters; abandoned buildings; good faith defense; liability for deadly force; mentally disturbed persons; liability for excessive force; handcuffs; shoving arrestee into car; suicidal subjects; sheriff liability for detainee suicides; unwritten policies; “on-the-job” training; liability for racial profiling; liability for reverse discrimination; Title VII; exclusivity of remedy


United States Supreme Court
Arrest, Search and Seizure
Crimes; Evidence; Trial Issues
Civil Liability / Personnel Law
Special Bulletin

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