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Social Media and Lawmakers: What is Public Record and What Isn’t?

Are social media posts public records? That was the question in a recent legal case that could have far reaching consequences for public records in Virginia. Is that the sound of democracy in the 21st Century? Loudoun software engineer Brian Davison thinks so, and he’s led a number of lawsuits to get at social media records of elected […]

Setting the Record Straight on DNA Science

The New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner operates the largest and most advanced public DNA crime laboratory in North America. We are proud to set the highest standards for independent science and to share our expertise with other jurisdictions in the neutral service of justice, without favor to prosecution or defense. View Full Report

Judge shouldn’t be booted from case because of Facebook friendship with lawyer, appeals court rules

A Facebook friendship doesn’t necessarily signify a close relationship, according to Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal. A mere allegation of a Facebook friendship, without more, does not provide a basis for disqualification, the court said. The Aug. 23 decision allows Miami-Dade Judge Beatrice Butchko to remain on the case, a suit for nonpayment of legal fees filed by the Herssein […]

A Judge Wants a Bigger Role for Female Lawyers. So He Made a Rule

It is common for judges to publish guidance for lawyers who appear in their courtrooms on how to conduct themselves with regard to minor matters like how and when to file motions. But on Wednesday, Jack B. Weinstein, a senior federal judge in Brooklyn, used this typically mundane process to address an issue of growing concern to many in […]

U.S. Court curbs power of police to seize cellphones

A U.S. appeals court on Friday limited the ability of police to seize cell phones from homes of people suspected of crimes, ruling the prevelance of mobile devices did not mean police could assume a suspect had one when requesting a search warrant. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia’s Circuit threw out a […]

How Private is Your Cellphone? The Next Fourth Amendment Challenge

The Crime Report Most people know that very little they do on the web is private. The terabytes of data held online contain personal information accessible not only to friends, relatives and would-be employers, but to private businesses, which frequently collect user information in order to deliver better services to customers. View Full Report

Fentanyl Called ‘Weapon of Mass Destruction’

Fentanyl, a synthetic painkiller, is exacerbating heroin’s deadly trap. In cities across the U.S., it is fueling deeper addiction and has become one of the most prominent killers linked to the nation’s drug crisis, reports the Washington Post. View Full Report

Meet a new breed of prosecutor

CSM There’s his background as a defense lawyer, his criminal record (he once pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated), and finally this: the tattoo. Inked across his chest are the words “not guilty” – a bit of bravado from his defense lawyer days that he feels holds just as much relevance to his new job, which he won in […]