Police Body Worn Cameras What Prosecutors Need to Know

As police departments across the United States embrace the use of police body-worn cameras (“BWCs”), it is imperative that prosecutors be involved in the process as early as possible. The cameras will inevitably capture a great deal of evidentiary material that will be used in every type of criminal prosecution.

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Should Tech Companies Help Law Enforcement Break Into Your Devices?

While the battle between the FBI and Apple over whether the government could force the tech giant to hack into one of its phones in the service of an investigation made big headlines, the tug-of-war between technology companies and the government over encryption wages every day with local cops complaining incessantly about technology they don’t like. Going forward, should the government force technology companies to build exploits to device encryption to allow law enforcement to crack it — or at least to allow the government to force the manufacturer to crack it for them?

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Groups blast Nebraska attorney general for joining effort to phase out ‘Dreamer’ program

OWH July 5, 2017

Supporters of a program designed to protect youths brought into the U.S. illegally are criticizing Nebraska’s attorney general for asking the Trump administration to reverse its earlier decision to allow those youths to stay legally in the country.

Attorney General Doug Peterson joined nine other Republican attorneys general last week in asking the Trump administration to phase out the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program by refusing to renew or issue any new program permits.

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Probe Finds Flaws, Fees in Court Diversion Programs

Diversion programs that gained popularity in the 1970s are now experiencing a resurgence, as many states respond to tough-on-crime policies by reducing nonviolent felonies to misdemeanors. Run by courts, prosecutors and sometimes law enforcement, the programs channel offenders into services meant to address the root causes of their conduct, such as substance abuse or mental illness, allowing them to avoid conviction.

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District attorney adds human-trafficking expert

Two years after creating a dedicated human-trafficking unit, District Attorney George Brauchler has hired a recognized expert to help lead it.

Denver police veteran Daniel Steele joins the team as a criminal investigator with more than 20 years of experience. At DPD, he worked with the FBI to found the Rocky Mountain
Innocence Lost Task Force, which he supervised for five years. It included coordinated efforts by federal, state and local law enforcement.

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Does New Neighborhood Watch Reduce Crime Or Create Resident-Cops?

On the Far North Side, about 70 members of a controversial new community watch group walk the West Rogers Park neighborhood in orange jackets that were paid for, in part, by the Chicago Police Department.

The police sergeant who spearheaded the effort sees the watch as a way for residents to work together to reduce property crime in their neighborhood.

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Attorney leadership role leads Polikov to inner sanctum


Persistence is a virtue, Lee Polikov might have thought in March as he sat around a table at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., discussing issues with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Polikov’s road to one of the inner sanctums of American power had been long, and fueled by years-long concern that law enforcement is losing ground to innovative criminal defense attorneys and to civil rights organizations who devise ever more creative ways to challenge evidentiary procedures and other tools of the prosecutorial trade.

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Jailhouse informants have a powerful incentive to help, or hurt, a criminal case: Freedom


Jamison Bell is a good listener.

In the recreation yard of the Pinellas County Jail, one inmate told him
about stabbing a neighbor at a mobile home park. Inside a cell, another
confided in Bell that he killed a man who owed him money for cocaine.

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Nevada likely to become second state to require police body cameras


Police officers in the state of Nevada may soon be required to wear body cameras under
a measure that was sent on Thursday to Governor Brian Sandoval for his signature.
The proposal, approved by the state legislature, would make Nevada the second state
in the in the country to mandate that state and local police use body cameras. North
Carolina passed a similar requirement in 2015.

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New DNA collection links inmate to four rapes in Omaha in the early 2000s

OWH 6/13/17

Turns out, there’s a reason authorities want felons’ DNA.

A recent push by Douglas County prosecutors to have prison officials collect the DNA of refusing prisoners netted a huge result Monday:

Tests have connected a child rapist now in prison to the serial rapes of four young women in Omaha in the early 2000s, prosecutors say.

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