Twin Peaks Shootout

In a case stemming from a shootout at a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas, in 2015, a federal court granted McLennon County, its district attorney, and two Department of Public Safety agents’ motion to dismiss a suit brought by motorcycle club members who claim the defendants violated their rights by obtaining arrest warrants based on a fill-in-the-name affidavit that lacked probable cause.

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National Security Surveillance Nabs More Than Spies

The case against Nassif Sami Daher and Kamel Mohammad Rammal, two Michigan men accused of food stamp fraud, hardly seemed exceptional. But the tool that agents used to investigate them was extraordinary: a secretive surveillance process intended to identify potential spies and terrorists.

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Probable Cause

Police officers who smelled marijuana smoke coming from within a house and subsequently saw a smoldering marijuana cigarette lying in a trash can in the house had probable cause to believe that a crime was being committed and a search warrant was appropriately authorized the search of the entire house for evidence of such a crime, the Fourth Circuit ruled

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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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Widow Seeks $12M for Husband’s Suicide During Murder Investigation

The wife of a retired San Diego Police Department crime lab worker implicated in a cold-case murder investigation when his sperm turned up on retested evidence decades later asked a jury Thursday to award her $12 million for suffering she claims caused her husband to kill himself.

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