NEW YORK POLICE OFFICERS ARRESTED FOR INTERSTATE TRANSPORTATION OF ILLEGAL GUNS

This has not been a good week for police officers. Yesterday we discussed the denial of an appeal of an officer in Memphis who was sentenced to life plus 255 years for setting up drug deals. He then pretended to arrest the seller while he stole the drugs and money. Today we learn of the arrest of twelve people including eight active duty and retired New York City police officers who bought illegal weapons in New Jersey and transported them […] Read more »

AHMED KHALFAN GHAILANI CONVICTED ON ONE COUNT–CIVILIAN COURTS SHOW THAT THEY CAN HANDLE MAJOR TERRORIST TRIAL

Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, the first Guantanamo detainee tried in a civilian court, was convicted of conspiracy to damage or destroy U.S. property but was acquitted of the remaining 281 counts in the indictment related to the bombing of the United States embassies in Tanzania and Kenya in 1998. He was accused of procuring the truck and the gasoline tanks used in the attacks. He has said that he did not know what they were going to be use to attack […] Read more »

SEARCH AND SEIZURE IN NEW YORK CITY

Monday, Bob Herbert had some scary statistics in his New York Times column. He pointed out that that between 2004 and 2009 New York City police detained nearly three million people, frisking many of them and inputting their names into a massive computer file. Less than fifteen percent of those searched had committed any crime or were in possession on of contraband. To compound the problem the vast majority of those searched were members of minorities. African Americans were stopped […] Read more »

NEW YORK FINDS THAT THE WARRANTLESS USE OF GPS TO TRACK THE WHEREABOUTS OF A VEHICLE IS AN ILLEGAL SEARCH

New York joined Oregon and Washington in finding that their state constitutional bans on illegal search and seizure prevents the warrantless use of GPS, by law enforcement to track a vehicle. State Police investigators placed a GPS device under the bumper of Scott Weaver’s van and left it there for 65 days, creeping under the van once to change the battery. Evidence taken from the GPS device was used to convict Weaver of the burglary of a K-Mart. The New […] Read more »