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Update: Fricosu, The 10th Circuit, and the 5th Amendment

U.S. v. Fricosu 2/23/12 – As we previously discussed in this post, the government wants to force the defendant in the above-titled case to turn over an unencrypted hard drive that may or may not have incriminating evidence in it. The district judge granted the governments motion to force the defendant to supply the hard …

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Notable Federal Sentencing, Crime and Defense News

The last few weeks has held a substantial amount of news concerning federal crime, sentencing, and defense news. Although there is not going to be an in-depth discussion on each topic here today, links are provided to source materials or detailed discussions and analyses. U.S. Supreme Court After a long break, the Supreme Court is …

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US Sentencing Commission Holds Important Public Hearings

February U.S.S.C. Public Hearings February is set to be a significant month in the world of the United States federal sentencing. The US Sentencing Commission has announced two public hearings regarding big sentencing issues involving federal criminal justice. The first hearing, announced Wednesday, is all about federal Child Pornography sentencing. A huge public reaction has …

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In Colorado, Defendants Must do Prosecution’s Job

5th Amendment Under Fire in Fricosu Case Ramona Fricosu, of Peyton, Colorado is accused of being a part of a mortgage scam. In the course of the investigation against her, search warrants were executed on May 14th of 2010. In that search, the FBI took a Toshiba Satellite M305 laptop. Then came a problem. Investigators …

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Supreme Court Says “No” to GPS Tracking Without Warrant

United States v. Jones The United States Supreme Court decided an important case last week concerning Fourth Amendment rights and police GPS tracking without warrant using devices placed on suspected criminal’s vehicles. The Obama administration pressed for a ruling which allowed law enforcement the right to use such tactics without a warrant to aid drug …

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Nearly 4,000 Federal Inmates Have Received Crack Cocaine Sentence Reductions

Status Update: Crack Sentence Reductions In this new article from The Commercial Appeal, the story of one of the many federal inmates getting their crack cocaine sentences reductions is laid out. According to a spokesman for the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), over 3,700 inmates have already had their sentences reduced. An excerpt from the …

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Federal Prison Reform and Unusual Allies

Common Sense and Federal Prison Reform In a piece from Truth-Out entitled “Push to Reform Prison System Brings Unlikely Allies Together”, the unusual and unlikely are no joining forces to push for federal prison reform that has been needed for over two decades. (See Sentencing Reform Act of 1984). Excerpts from the Truth-Out article are …

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Supreme Court: Bivens Can’t Be Used Against Private Prison Guards

Federal Private Prison Guards Protected Minneci v. Pollard So you or a loved one is in federal prison. You also happen to be one of the 10% or so of federal inmates who are housed in a private prison. It may already feel like the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) can do as they please with …

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Conrad Black’s Indictment of the American Criminal Justice System

Conrad Black This famous American prisoner is a Canadian-born member of the British House of Lords. His noble title is Baron Black of Crossharbour. He is a historian, columnist and publisher, and has much to say about the American criminal justice system. Lord Black controlled Hollinger International, Inc. Through affiliates, the company published major newspapers …

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