‘No-Knock Raids’ an Increasing Danger to Public Safety – They are a product of our idiotic war on drugs- kra UPDATE 10-16-20

Posted by on Jun 9, 2020 in Featured, Other Issues, War on Drugs |

They are a product of our idiotic war on drugs. It is a valuable tool only in very, very rare cases: dangerous, volatile targets. Scores of innocent people have been injured or killed in no knock raids. UPDATE 10/16/20 Baltimore Prosecutor: Do Not Authorize “No Knock” Warrants Excerpts from the Article: Julian Betton was in his home minding his own business when the police crashed through his front door. The cops entered without knocking or...

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First Circuit: Home Search Affidavit Failed to Establish Nexus of Crime and Evidence

Posted by on May 7, 2020 in Featured, Other Issues, War on Drugs |

Another super sloppy search warrant by police.  Thousands of criminals can thank cops for these each year. Excerpts from the Article: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed the suppression of evidence seized from a suspected drug dealer’s home as fruit of the poisonous tree. Jamal Roman was alleged in a search warrant application submitted by DEA Special Agent Scott Smith to be “a known cocaine trafficker” who “oversaw...

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Baltimore Police Announce Surveillance Plane Pilot Program To Help Deter, Solve Crimes – Big Brother is Alive and Well in Baltimore! – kra

Posted by on Dec 23, 2019 in Featured, Other Issues, Police Brutality |

As with any authority given police, we must be vigilant to spot and punish abuses. The Courts will determine whether this is, per se, unconstitutional. Given the approval of street cameras nearly everywhere, I won’t be surprised if they rule it ok. I foresee plenty of potential for abuse with this program in the hands of a private company, not police.       Baltimore’s police commissioner announced three surveillance planes...

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No Fourth Amendment Violation for Abusive Group Strip Search of Female Prisoners

Posted by on Nov 12, 2019 in Featured, Prison Abuse |

On strictly legal grounds, I have to agree with the decision here, given the law. However, one could argue that this was more than “visual inspection”. It’s a damn shame that the jury did not decide in favor of the women on their 8th Amendment claim: cruel and unusual punishment. Excerpts from the Article: On July 16, 2019, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, in a two-to-one ruling, affirmed a district court’s dismissal of a...

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These Machines Can Put You in Jail. Don’t Trust Them. Alcohol breath tests, a linchpin of the criminal justice system, are often unreliable, a Times investigation found.

Posted by on Nov 4, 2019 in Featured, Other Issues, Police Brutality |

This excellent article was sent to me by my good friend and great lawyer, Stephen Hampton, Esq*.  It really is pretty scary!  As if we don’t have enough innocent people in prison already – somewhere between 10,000 and 100,000 (nobody knows the actual number) – here is cause for more!  🙁  This article is as exhaustive (Because these articles go to my newsletter, and this is so long,I have had to omit much of it) as it is...

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