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Vol. 37 No. 3 May / Jun 2008
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Highlights of This Issue

Special Bulletin:
  • Supreme Court Approves Death Penalty by Lethal Injection

United States Supreme Court Action

  • Civil Liability of Police for illegal search; use of informant
  • Search of Vehicles incident to arrest; officer safety
  • Death Penalty for non-homicide rape; eight-year-old victim

Federal and State Decisions

  • Arrest, Search and Seizure Issues: drug house; exigent circumstances; probable cause; hearsay; good faith exception; child pornography; scope of search incident to arrest; strip searches; exclusionary rule; body cavity inspections and searches; stop and frisk; reasonable suspicion, informant; automobiles; adequacy of description; traffic stops; asking passengers for identification; warrant checks; contraband in plain view; open vehicle door; consent; intoxication; prolonging traffic stop
  • Interrogation Issues: custody; juveniles; failure to give warnings; harmless error; invocation of right to remain silent; "I plead the Fifth"; invocation of right to remain silent; ambiguous statements; public safety exception; applicability to officer safety; fruit of the poisonous tree; subsequent Mirandized statement; Sixth Amendment right to counsel; dual state and federal issues
  • Crimes; Defenses; Trial Procedure Issues: driving offenses; restricted driving permits; reasonable suspicion; sentence entrapment; use of informer; outrageous government misconduct; informant's use of drugs; police witness on adequacy of investigation
  • Civil Liability/Personnel Law Issues: police liability for false arrest; interference with officer; qualified immunity; police liability for protective searches; potentially violent persons; police liability for mistaken Terry stops; excessive force; police liability for coerced consent searches; police disciplinary hearings; arbitration; absolute immunity for police chief witness; Fair Labor Standards Act; overtime; paramedics with firefighting duties


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