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  • U.S. Supreme Court allows DNA swabs before arrest - what will Indiana do?
    U.S. Supreme Court allows DNA swabs before arrest - what will Indiana do?

    On Monday, June 3, 2013, the United States Supreme Court issued an opinion that will have long-term implications on 4th Amendment law. The Court, in the case of Maryland v. King, in a 5-4 decision ...

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  • You have the right to an effective lawyer - Even for Plea Bargains!!!
    You have the right to an effective lawyer - Even for Plea Bargains!!!

    The United States Supreme Court recently issued two decisions that impact all Defendant's and criminal defense attorneys. In Missouri v. Frye and Lafler v. Cooper , the Court (in 5-4 decisions) ...

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  • Warrant needed for GPS tracking - SCOTUS rules in United States v. Jones
    Warrant needed for GPS tracking - SCOTUS rules in United States v. Jones

    Updating this earlier blog entry , the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) has unanimously ruled that law enforcement officers MUST obtain a search warrant to track criminal suspects with GPS ...

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  • Reliability of Eyewitness identification - Perry v. New Hampshire (U.S. Supreme Court)
    Reliability of Eyewitness identification - Perry v. New Hampshire (U.S. Supreme Court)

    Many criminal cases throughout Indiana and Fort Wayne, are decided based upon eyewitness identification. Either the viction or someone else "saw" the Defendant commit the crime. But, eyewitness ...

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  • GPS Tracking, 4th Amendment and George Orwell:
    GPS Tracking, 4th Amendment and George Orwell: "Big Brother" issue to be heard by United States Supreme Court

    The United States Supreme Court is back in session and the docket seems to have a criminal law focus this term. Issues before the Court in the pending cases include several 4th amendment cases ...

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  • Confronting the blood-draw analyst:  Bullcoming v. New Mexico
    Confronting the blood-draw analyst: Bullcoming v. New Mexico

    On June 23, 2011 a very important decision was handed down by the United States Supreme Court. The case is Bullcoming v. New Mexico . In this case, Donald Bullcoming was involved in an automobile ...

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