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A Growing Call to Limit Lawyers’ Donations to Prosecutors

Minutes after winning re-election to a third term as Manhattan district attorney last week, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., a celebratory drink in hand, was asked how he would rebuild the trust of voters angry about large donations to his campaign from defense lawyers with cases before his office. “It’s very important that we address this public concern,” he […]

3 attorneys recommended to fill district judgeship in Papillion

OWH 11/29/17 LINCOLN — Three attorneys have been recommended for consideration to fill a vacancy on the State District Court bench in Papillion. A nominating committee has forwarded Cass County Attorney Nathan Cox and Julie Bear, both of Plattsmouth, and Steven Delaney of Bellevue. The vacancy was caused by the retirement of District Judge William […]

Justice Department moves to end routine gag orders on tech firms

The Justice Department has issued new guidelines aimed at providing more transparency around prosecutors’ secret demands for customer data stored on tech firms’ servers. The binding guidance, approved last week by Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, ends the routine imposition of gag orders barring companies from telling customers that their email or other records have been turned […]

Human trafficking report applauds Nebraska for sending ‘a strong message’

OWH 11/16/17 LINCOLN — Nebraska’s efforts to combat human trafficking now rank firmly above the national average, seven years after the state earned a failing grade. Shared Hope International gave Nebraska a score of 86 out of 100 on Wednesday in its 2017 report card of state laws aimed at reducing the sexual exploitation of children. View […]

‘Catfishing’ Brings Trouble for Pa. Prosecutor and N.Y. Lawyer

A Pennsylvania disciplinary board agreed in late August to hear an ethics complaint against a district attorney who created fake Facebook profiles that she instructed subordinates to use “to befriend defendants or witnesses if you want to snoop.” On the same day, a special prosecutor in New York launched an unrelated criminal probe into a Staten Island lawyer and political operative who created a fictitious […]

Medical marijuana a concern for prosecutor’s office

CHEBOYGAN COUNTY- Cheboygan County Prosecutor Daryl Vizina recently spoke to the Cheboygan County Board of Commissioners on some of the issues for law enforcement and municipalities surrounding medical marijuana and grow operations. Both Cheboygan County Sheriff Dale Clarmont and Vizina have been contacted by at least one township inquiring about marijuana dispensaries in their respective communities. View Full […]

DOJ grows frustrated with tech firms over encryption

Washington (CNN)A top Justice Department official on Tuesday criticized technology companies that “enable criminals and terrorists” with encryption software and foreshadowed a new government approach to the issue that has increasingly frustrated law enforcement. “When investigations of violent criminal organizations come to a halt because we cannot access a phone, lives may be lost,” Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in a speech […]

District Attorney helping with disaster relief efforts

If you would like to help victims of the earthquake that shook Mexico City and the hurricanes that pummeled Puerto Rico you can head over to different Wal-Marts around town. The district attorney’s office along with different transportation companies have set up several trucks at Wal-Mart locations in Laredo where you can drop off your donations. View Full […]