federal appeals

Federal Probation Revocation Hearings

An interesting case out of the Fourth Circuit was brought to my attention by this post by the Federal Criminal Appeals Blog entitled “Just Because It’s A Supervised Release Hearing Doesn’t Mean There Are No Rules.” As the title suggests, federal probation revocation hearings are far less formal than a criminal trial. In fact, the …

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

Electronic Decryption Orders As can be read in our previous posts (here and here), a case in Colorado has caught the attention of the nation in its implications on the 5th Amendment to the United States Constitution. This case touches on the Constitution, fraud, sex offenses, electronic freedoms, and many other incredibly important topics. Yesterday, …

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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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