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Vol. 37 No. 4 Jul / Aug 2008
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Highlights of This Issue

Special Bulletin:
  • Civil Liability Consequences of Using Coerced Statements to Obtain Arrest Warrants

United States Supreme Court Action

  • Arrests That Violate State Law may be reasonable under Fourth Amendment; search incident to arrest also permissible
  • Age and Race Discrimination in Employment Lawsuits may be based on retaliation by employer for protected conduct
  • No Constituional Protection for Employees for employer arbitrary action not based on protected class categories such as race, sex, etc.

Federal and State Decisions

  • Arrest, Search and Seizure Issues: what constitutes a seizure; knocking on motel door; suspicious car; search warrants; probable cause; anonymous informers; warrantless search; community residential releasees; knock and announce rule; inevitable discovery doctrine; motel room searches; exigent circumstances; impoundment searches; lack of policy; border searches; lap tops; first amendment issues; reasonable expectation of privacy; looking over fence; stop and frisk; persons at residential search; traffic stops; prolonging stop; use of drug dogs
  • Interrogation Issues: custody; coercion; threatening arrest; invocation of right to remain silent; re-interrogation; invocation of right to counsel; unambiguous requests; prior unwarned questioning; waiver; mentally deficient defendants
  • Crimes; Defenses; Trial Issues: traffic offenses; reasonable suspicion; urine sample evidence; cross-examination of lab technician; police witness; defendant's criminal history; mistrial
  • Civil Liability/Personnel Law Issues: liability for false arrests; disturbing the peace; "bitch"; fighting words doctrine; Halloween display; protesters; qualified immunity; liability for strip searches; incorrect arrest warrants; liability for excessive force; approaching car with drawn guns; use of handcuffs; positional asphyxia; liability for use of tasers; minor injuries; police liability for failure to protect confidential informers; police discipline; retaliation for criticizing superiors; police workers compensation; injury during off-duty training


United States Supreme Court
Arrest, Search and Seizure
Crimes; Defenses; Trial Procedure Issues
Civil Liability / Personnel Law
Special Bulletin
Renewal/Internet Services


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