Warrants

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 | May 14th, 2016|Civil Rights, Interview Interrogation, SCOTUS, Warrants|

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 “Can’t ID” Problem for Law Enforcement

Does an initial "Can't ID" mean never? By: Joseph Giacalone When someone at the crime scene says that they, "Can't ID," does that mean they never will? The investigator has many jobs, but one that is often overlooked is that of [...]

Kicking Around the Cold Case Files

It's time to start kicking around the cold case files. Every detective has that one case that was never solved and to this day still “haunts” them. There are many such cases in my career that I wish we could have [...]

6 Fundamental Questions in Homicide Investigations

There are many questions that must be answered during a homicide investigation, but there are six (6) fundamental ones that an investigator must keep at the forefront of every case: 1.  Who was the victim? 2.  How were they murdered? 3. [...]

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 | August 28th, 2013|Evidence, Interview Interrogation, ME Coroner, Mistakes, SCOTUS, Warrants|

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 | March 27th, 2013|Crime Scene, Evidence, SCOTUS, Warrants|