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Vol. 36 No. 4 Jul / Aug 2007
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Highlights of This Issue

United States Supreme Court Action

  • Wrap-Up of 2006-2007 Term Law Enforcement Trends
  • When Police Make a Traffic Stop, a Passenger in the Car, Like the Driver, is "Seized" for Fourth Amendment Purposes

Federal and State Decisions

  • Arrest, Search and Seizure Issues: consensual encounters; safety seizure of gun; informer's tip; evasive driving maneuvers as probable cause in drug case; use of trickery and ruse to seize car; dog sniffs; booking search of arrestee's pants; 911 hang up calls as reasonable suspicion for Terry stops; on the spot showup at Terry stop; unzipping suspect's jacket; reasonable suspicion based on faulty DMV information; traffic stops; asking defendant if he had a gun; dog sniffs; consent; anonymous tip; need to corroborate; exceeding the scope of a general consent to search
  • Interrogation Issues: custody; detention center; interrogation; questioning by defendant's mother; invocation of rights; need to readvise of rights; reinitiation of contact with police; fruit of the poisonous tree; voluntariness; unfulfilled promise of leniency; hospital interview; effect of pain medications
  • Crimes; Evidence; Trial Procedure Issues: sex offender loitering near schools; burglary and assault; injury issue; bringing drugs into jail; identification evidence; hospital showup; expert police testimony on drugs; police testimony concerning statements of informer; admissibility of police misconduct and discipline
  • Civil Liability/Personnel Law Issues: police liability for false arrest; issuance of a citation; helicopter surveillance; pursuit liability for traffic offense; liability for torts committed by informers; sex discrimination in assignments; disability discrimination; adverse employment action; accommodating hearing-impaired DUI arrestees under the Americans With Disabilities Act; police free speech rights involving protests against training cutbacks


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Arrest, Search and Seizure
Crimes; Evidence; Trial Procedure
Civil Liability / Personnel Law
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