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Know Your Rights! Police Stops

by Shawn on August 31, 2012

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The issue of citizens filming police, particularly in instances of misconduct, has been increasingly before the public eye for the past two years. Cases such as CopBlock.org founder Adam ‘Ademo’ Mueller, whose trial for “wiretapping” (read: filming a cop and posting the recordings online) began this past week in New Hampshire, seem all-too-chillingly-common lately. But the […]

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In a 132-23 vote, the Massachusetts House of Representatives has overwhelmingly  voted to reject Governor Deval Patrick’s proposed amendments to the omnibus crime bill (H.3818). The Senate has yet to consider the amendments. House Speaker DeLeo suggested on Monday that there was enough legislative support behind the bill as written to override a veto should the Governor […]

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Last Saturday, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick returned an omnibus crime bill (H.3818) to the state legislature with a request for an additional “safety valve” amendment. In a letter to the legislators, Governor Patrick expressed support for the bill’s three-strikes provisions for “habitual offenders” convicted of violent crimes, but called for the addition of “limited judicial […]

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In what’s being called the biggest decision from the Supreme Court in decades, the justices ruled this past week that criminal defendants are entitled to effective assistance of counsel during the plea bargaining stages of a case. The right to effective assistance already exists at trial, but the fact is few cases ever go to […]

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If you are caught drunk driving in Alaska you could face a vastly different penalty than if you are charged with DUI in Indiana. A new article in USA Today looks at just how differently drunk drivers are penalized from state to state and even county to county. Some states require jail time for a […]

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Stalking by Cellphone

by dave on August 5, 2010

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A fascinating and scary article in the Wall Street Journal about how apparently easy it is to stalk someone by their cellphone GPS system. About Connect with me on Google+More Posts (198)

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Only a year after the Supreme Court’s controversial Melendez-Diaz decision, court watchers are awaiting possible revisions to that decision. About Connect with me on Google+More Posts (198)

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Auto Thefts Most Common in West

by dave on May 19, 2010

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A recent report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau reveals that the American West has the highest auto theft rates in the nation, this despite the national rates of car theft declining over the last 6 years. About Connect with me on Google+More Posts (198)

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The Massachusetts Supreme Court rejected a challenge to blood evidence in an OUI case on grounds of violation of the confrontation clause and the Melendez-Diaz case. As reported in Mass Lawyer’s Weekly, a blood test taken at a hospital, and submitted as evidence of intoxication in a drunk driving case, could be used without additional […]

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