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Vol. 40 No. 5 September / October 2011
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Highlights of This Issue

United States Supreme Court

  • Major Changes in Eyewitness Identification Procedures May Be Coming Soon; Need to Review Procedures

Federal and State Decisions

  • Arrest, Search and Seizure Issues: search warrants; premises; searching persons leaving the premises; sufficiency of affidavit; good faith exception; protective sweeps; need for specific facts; consensual encounters; warrant checks; stop and frisk; reasonable suspicion; “rash” of burglaries; automobile passenger; right to privacy; curtilage of house; common areas of apartment buildings; community caretaking exception; firefighters; consent; real and apparent authority of joint owners; search of computers for child pornography
  • Interrogation Issues: Miranda; adequacy of right to counsel warning; best practices; invocation of right to counsel; ambiguous and unambiguous statements concerning desire to have an attorney; voluntariness; appeals to family relationships; promise to let defendant see girlfriend
  • Crimes; Evidence: possession of drugs for sale; evidence of quantity and packaging material; photographic lineups; suggestiveness; skin complexion; “fear scent” evidence; tracking defendant
  • Civil Liability/Personnel Law: false arrest; reliance on jailhouse informer; false imprisonment; invalid search warrant; child pornography; excessive force; mistake in pulling out gun instead of taser; late filing of claim; police cover-up; qualified immunity; unintentional shooting; police discipline; post-suspension hearing; delay; police labor issues; overtime pay for sergeants; police workers’ compensation; personal errand, “course of employment” issue


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