03/23/2012 - A state appeals court has ruled that in a case where an employer suspected that an employee was falsifying time sheets, it was not a violation of privacy to place a GPS tracking device on the employee’s car and record his movements for 30 days.
03/20/2012 - Blurring Military and Police Roles is a fascinating collection of scholarly essays on this subject from both the police and military points of view, as well as from historical, organizational, and operational perspectives.
03/16/2012 - Police complaints drop in Denver. Officials in Pennsylvania say equipment by Verizon caused their latest 911 center outage – the third in two weeks. The CDC says as imports increase, more outbreaks are being linked to imported food. And more.
03/13/2012 - Records obtained using FOIA show an increase in mishaps and reporting at biodefense lab. CBP helps recover 10,000 pounds of cocaine in 24 hours. The DOJ says Texas’ voter ID law unfairly targets Hispanic residents. And more.
03/08/2012 - State considering eliminating concealed carry permits. A court blocks the release of the investigative report of the "pepper spray cop" incident. Police say a man lured a teen to a hotel using Facebook. And more.
03/07/2012 - An appeals court last summer said collecting DNA samples doesn’t violate constitutional protections and that DNA collection was just a 21st century version of fingerprinting. ZyGEM and Lockheed Martin want to provide a faster way to run the “prints.”
02/28/2012 - Law enforcement does not need a warrant to obtain the IP addresses for Twitter users, according to a recent decision. In investigating contributors to Wikileaks, the federal government asked Twitter to turn over the suspects’ account information. A U.S. district court ruled that the government does not need a warrant and that Twitter users have no expectations of privacy.
02/28/2012 - A federal appeals court has ruled that the parents of a teenager killed by police may pursue their excessive-force lawsuit. The teen was armed with a pocketknife and was threatening to kill himself. An appellate court instructed the lower court to determine whether the officers could reasonably suspect that the teenager posed an immediate threat to their safety.