White House opioid commission calls for wideranging changes to anti-drug policies

President Trump’s commission on the opioid crisis called Wednesday for a nationwide system of drug courts and easier access to alternatives to opioids for people in pain, part of a wide-ranging menu of improvements it said are needed to curb the opioid epidemic.

The commission, headed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), called for expanding drug courts — an alternative system that tries to channel substance abusers accused of crimes into treatment — into all 94 federal court jurisdictions. Currently they are in fewer than half.

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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 Zastera.

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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 over in response to legal demands.

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Trump nominates Lancaster County Attorney Joe Kelly for U.S. Attorney for Nebraska

OWH 11/18/17

Lancaster County Attorney Joe Kelly will do a great job as U.S. attorney for Nebraska, according to the woman who held the job last.

“He will seamlessly transition into that position,” said Deborah Gilg, who served as the U.S. attorney for Nebraska during President Barack Obama’s two terms in office.

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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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