Belgian Court Rejects Move to Extradite Ex-Catalan Minister

A Belgian court on Friday rejected Spain’s demand to have a former high-ranking politician from the region of Catalonia extradited, in yet another set back for the country’s efforts to try several officials in exile over their alleged roles in an independence referendum that Madrid branded as illegal.

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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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