Why are mandatory minimums in Federal Court dangerous?

Weldon Angelos can tell you how dangerous mandatory minimums can be, because he was sentenced to 55 years and has been in jail since his sentencing in November 2004. The Judge on the case could also tell you how dangerous they are because when he sentenced Angelos he stated “If he was a child rapist, he would have gotten 11 years in prison. And now I’m supposed to give him a 55...

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Justice Department adds new eyewitness Id requirements.

The Department of justice has created new guidelines for federal agents, when they are collecting eyewitness identifications. The guidelines include recording the eyewitness's confidence in their identification at the time of the ID and to perform "blind" photo arrays, which means that the agent showing the photo array does not know which photo is the actual suspect. The se...

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Is Best Buy a new branch of law enforcement?

No, but some Best Buy employees have decided to team up with the FBI to help uncover child pornography. These employees actually work at a Geek Squad repair show in Brooks, KY and they notify the FBI when they find signs of child pornography on computers. One of the most interesting aspects is that these employees may have been paid by the FBI, for these tips. (See The Washington Post story link...

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When does a search, with consent, still violate the 4th amendment?

In Delaware, the Superior Court held that police had violated a man's 4th amendment rights when they searched his vehicle after he gave them consent. At first blush, this seems to be an absurd ruling by the court, but their reasoning is important when you evaluate the result. The defendant was pulled over for speeding by an officer and was given a ticket for his traffic violation. ...

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