The Hardest Phone Call a Prosecutor Has to Make

“This is Jean,” I say. “I’m from the prosecutor’s office. I would like to talk with you regarding a case in which you were the victim. Could we meet in person?”

“No, just tell me why you’re calling,” replies Sue*, a sexual assault victim.

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Apple is opening up amid privacy questions about Face ID, personal data collection

Apple released more details about the iPhone X’s Face ID feature when it published a new privacy site Wednesday, addressing some of the concerns that people have had since the face-scanning feature was announced.

When Apple unveiled the feature, which can unlock phones and be used for payments, it spurred not only a thousand alarming think pieces, but also a letter from Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) asking how the company will protect the data.

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HOW CONSERVATIVES LEARNED TO LOVE FREE LAWYERS FOR THE POOR

Christy Perry, a Republican state representative and co-owner of a gun shop in Boise, regularly travels with her husband to gun shows to sell their wares. Voters come to her booth so often that her husband jokingly plunked a sign next to the AR-15s: “Gun talk only. No politics.”

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Campaign aims to teach hotel staff how to identify sex-trafficking victims

Washington County and area law enforcement are looking for a new ally in their efforts to help identify and respond to victims of sex-trafficking.

The “Speak Up” campaign, announced by Washington County and other local law enforcement officials Thursday morning, aims to train workers at local hotels and motels in sex-trafficking identification and response.

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Editorial: State tackling opioid crisis on many fronts

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A statewide coalition is demonstrating impressive collaboration in tackling the opioid issue in Nebraska.

These medical professionals, treatment providers, government agencies and law enforcement personnel have taken a series of sensible actions to better equip Nebraska to deal with what has become a major public health crisis in much of the country.

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Axon Plans ‘Public Evidence Project’ for Citizen Video

Axon, the largest vendor of police-worn body cameras, is moving into the business of capturing video taken by the public, The Intercept reports (https://theintercept.com/2017/09/21/taser-wants-to-build-an-army-of-smartphone-informants/) .
In a survey to law enforcement officials, the company formerly known as Taser International solicited naming ideas for its “Public Evidence Product.” The product will allow citizens to submit photos or video evidence of “a crime, suspicious activity, or event” to Evidence.com, the company’s cloud-based storage platform, to help agencies “in solving a crime or gathering a fuller point of view from the public.”

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The Intake Prosecutor: Prosecutorial Screening Before The Police Make Warrantless Arrests

Each year, police arrest more than eleven million individuals. Yet, prosecutors ultimately dismiss about twenty-five percent of criminal charges with no conviction being entered.

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States Restrict Info from Public Information Requests

In February, Arkansas lawmakers marked the 50-year anniversary of the Freedom of Information Act with a resolution calling it “a shining example of open government.” Then they approved new exemptions to the law in what critics called an unprecedented attack on the public’s right to know.

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Police: New Apple technology will delay justice in DC area

Apple’s new security features will make it harder for local police to retrieve digital evidence they need to solve crimes.
While great for consumers, without the ability to bypass enhanced security such as facial recognition, investigators said it will delay justice.

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Cities Enact Penalties for Violence In Front of Children

Burleson, Tx., is among cities pioneering a way to protect children. A new city ordinance makes it unlawful to physically attack anyone in front of a child, meaning abusers can be punished for a child’s anguish as well as for injuries.

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