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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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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