Surveillance Videos

A federal court in Florida ordered the destruction of “unlawfully obtained” surveillance footage of the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida, recorded between Jan. 18 and Jan. 22, 2019. The order, requested on behalf of a John Doe, pertains to video that allegedly shows New England Patriots owner Rovert Kraft of engaging in paid sex acts. Prosecutors last year dropped charges against Kraft relating to the prostitution sting.

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Murder Trial

The Supreme Court of Nevada ordered a new trial for a man convicted of conspiring with a hitman to have his sixth wife murdered during a staged burglary and then murdering the hitman. The man was acquitted in a previous trial of murder charges for the death of his second wife and the trial court should not have admitted prior-bad-acts testimony from the prosecutor and others with knowledge of that previous trial.

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Surveillance

The Ninth Circuit upheld the convictions of four members of the Somali diaspora for sending, or conspiring to send, funds to Somalia to support a terrorist organization. The court ruled that although the government “may have violated the Fourth Amendment” by collecting metadata on millions of Americans, including at least one of the defendants, suppression of evidence is not warranted based on the facts of the case.

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