SCOTUS

9 Myths about Stop, Question and Frisk Debunked

The police use of Stop, Question and Frisk, has begun a national debate. Is it being used properly and within the bounds of the U.S. Supreme Court decision of Terry v. Ohio? 1. Stop, Question and Frisk is a law. No, [...]

By | 2016-12-05T17:39:26+00:00 May 14th, 2016|Civil Rights, Interview Interrogation, SCOTUS, Warrants|

Questions Arise About Antonin Scalia’s Death

Let’s put this out here first: I don’t suspect any foul play in the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. What I do suspect is a terrible job by law enforcement and a lack of foresight to conduct a proper [...]

U.S. Supreme Court to Law Enforcement: Get a Warrant to Search a Cell phone!

Riley v. California and U.S. v. Wurie By: Joseph Giacalone Attention Law Enforcement: The U.S. Supreme Court says you need to get a warrant to search cellphones. There are no shortcuts when it comes to search and seizure and the [...]

The Search Warrant Conundrum and Crime Scenes

Search Warrants and Crime Scenes By: Joseph Giacalone There is no such thing as a “Murder Scene Exception” to obtaining a search warrant. Just because the person is dead, does not always equate to a consent search. Initially, the police can [...]

By | 2016-12-14T14:22:28+00:00 August 28th, 2013|Evidence, Interview Interrogation, ME Coroner, Mistakes, SCOTUS, Warrants|

The U.S. Supreme Court OKs DNA Sample Upon Arrest in Maryland v. King

Does taking DNA upon arrest instead of based on a conviction equate to "going down the slippery slope?" In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court decided that taking a DNA sample upon arrest for a serious crime was no different [...]

By | 2016-12-05T09:44:29+00:00 June 4th, 2013|DNA, Fingerprints, Forensics, Photographs, SCOTUS|

No Drug Sniffing Dogs Outside a Home Without Warrant

Florida v. Jardines and the 4th Amendment No Drug Sniffing Dogs Outside a Home Without Warrant By: Joseph L. Giacalone With all of the fanfare going on outside the U.S. Supreme Court about Proposition 8 and Gay Marriage, a decision was [...]

By | 2016-12-05T09:35:29+00:00 March 27th, 2013|Crime Scene, Evidence, SCOTUS, Warrants|