Case of Bungled Pot Raid on Tomato-Loving Family Revived Anew

The bizarre case of a Kansas sheriff’s department that mistook tomato plants and loose-leaf tea for evidence of a marijuana grow and accordingly launched a SWAT-style raid on an innocent suburban family will return to a lower court for a third crack at a judgment.

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Fourth Amendment

In a bizarre ruling, the Ninth Circuit affirmed qualified immunity for the City of Fresno and three police officers, because even if they did steal $100,000 worth of plaintiffs’ property after seizing it with a warrant, “it is not clear whether the theft of property seized pursuant to the warrant violates the Fourth Amendment.”

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Michael Cohen Files Implicate Trump, Hope Hicks and David Pecker

A new batch of Michael Cohen search-warrant materials made public Thursday details the actions of the president’s former fixer after the release of the “Access Hollywood” video threatened to derail Donald Trump’s campaign. Within days of the release, according to the warrants, Cohen exchanged a “series of calls, text messages and emails” with Trump, his then-press secretary Hope Hicks; the National Enquirer’s David Pecker; and Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Keith Davidson.

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