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.

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‘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 Facebook profile to carry out what he later described—on Facebook—as a “#DirtyTrick” against an electoral foe of one of his political consulting clients.

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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.

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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 at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

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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.

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Policy Brief: The Internet of Things

Often referred to as the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT), billions of smart devices are expected to come online in the coming decade, bringing with them the promise of global economic opportunities and new innovations that will transform the way we work, live, and play. However, challenges associated with IoT, including security and privacy, must be addressed in order for technology to reach its full potential.

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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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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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