Traffic Stop Delayed for Dog Sniff Unconstitutional

Traffic Stop Delayed for Dog Sniff Unconstitutional

Traffic stops once again garnered the attention of the nation’s highest court this week. In Rodriguez v. United StatesSCOTUS threw out the conviction of a motorist whose traffic stop was delayed so the officer could have a dog sniff the car for drugs. By finding the delay in the traffic stop unconstitutional, SCOTUS dimmed the green light given police ten years ago in Illinois v. Caballes and limited … Read More

Hearings at DMV Should Always Be Done In Person

Hearings at DMV Should Always Be Done In Person

The United States Constitution (and those of most states) contain a clause that prevents the government from denying folks “due process of law.” In the DMV context, due process means that the state cannot suspend your driver’s license permanently without first giving you the opportunity to contest it at a hearing. Lawyers call this the “right to be heard.”

If you’ve been given a notice that your driver’s … Read More

Undocumented Drivers Get Support from Hillary Clinton

Undocumented Drivers Get Support from Hillary Clinton

The push for granting driver’s licenses to undocumented drivers got a boost this week when Hillary Rodham Clinton’s spokesman announced that the candidate now supports issuing driver’s licenses to undocumented drivers. The announcement reverses a rather embarrassing statement in opposition to granting these licenses during the 2008 campaign.

The Department of Homeland Security estimates there are 2.8 million undocumented people in California alone. Despite the rather obvious public safety benefitsRead More

Wall Street Skeptical of Driverless Cars

Wall Street Skeptical of Driverless Cars

There are some signs that driverless cars are hitting some speed bumps. Equity researches at Citi are throwing some cold water on their prognosis, and earlier this month automobile insurers predicted autonomous vehicles might soon “upend” their business models (how do you evaluate risk when the age and record of the driver isn’t relevant?). For all the skepticism, though, the D20 index of autonomous vehicle stocks has performed almost in Read More

CHP Officer accused of stealing nude photos during suspect’s booking

Thursday, October 23, 2014 08:24PM
MARTINEZ, Calif. (KGO) —

Bay Area CHP Officer Sean Harrington is accused of stealing nude cell phone pictures from a DUI suspect’s phone while she was being booked into the County Jail in Martinez. There is now evidence that other officers may also have been involved, and that possible criminal charges may be filed.

“She’s tremendously distraught,” said Rick Madsen, the attorney

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Forced catheterization alleged; suit says cops wanted quicker urine sample after traffic stop

Posted May 13, 2014 6:56 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

An Indiana man has filed a federal lawsuit alleging police and hospital officials subjected him to a forced catheterization because he didn’t provide a urine sample quickly enough after a traffic stop.

William Clark of Crown Point says in the suit that a Schererville police officer held him down while hospital personnel at Franciscan St. Margaret Mercy Health inserted … Read More