Feds Shut Down Russian Hacking Site, Arrest Manager

The FBI on Tuesday shut down a Russian-based cyber platform which had more than $17 million in sales for criminal products and services – the largest centralized platform for purchasing compromised social media and financial accounts – following the arrest of its administrator, a hacker who stole customers’ personal information from U.S.-based companies.

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Cellphone Location Info

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled that the seizure of a man’s cellphone records that police used in their investigation of his murder case was unreasonable and the lower court must now determine whether the man, convicted of beating and stabbing his former girlfriend’s stepfather to death, was harmed by the failure to suppress those records.

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42 Cats

A federal court in Pennsylvania ruled that a 78-year-old man may pursue some of his due process claims against the police officer who threatened to “bust down his door” if he did not consent to a warrantless search and then seized and euthanized some of the 42 feral cats the man was providing with veterinary care, food and shelter in and around his property.

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Homicide Detective Admits Seized Evidence Not Relevant to Murder Investigation

Asked to look at the contents of a tattered box set on the witness stand filled with photos and personal items seized under a warrant he signed in the investigation of a cold-case murder, a retired San Diego Police Department detective said Thursday the items should not have been seized.

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Only 9th Circuit Sympathy in Case of Missing Cop Seizure

A September 2013 police raid on Micah Jessop and Brittan Ashjian, two Fresno businessmen suspected of running an illegal gambling ring, netted hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and rare coins that were seized as evidence. Their names were cleared, but most of that money mysteriously disappeared – and Jessop and Ashjian never saw their property again.

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