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Questioning law enforcement critical to criminal defense

Earlier this month, an alleged Chicago gang member who was arrested in La Crosse back in April on suspicion of selling illegal drugs pleaded not guilty to federal drug charges. The 50-year-old Indiana man, accused of being a member of the Black Disciples, allegedly sold cocaine and heroin according to agents from the FBI.

ATF investigations push the limit of good police practice, P.2

In our previous post, we began speaking about investigation procedures currently used by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. As we noted, it is not uncommon for the agency to use stings to draw suspects into agreeing to rob drug stash houses that do not exist. The practice has been called into question, even among those responsible for prosecuting gun and drug crimes.

ATF investigations push the limit of good police practice, P.1

According to a recent analysis by USA Today, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (AFT), the agency charged with enforcing national gun laws, has incarcerated over 1,000 individuals by setting them up drawing them into a fake plot to rob drug stash houses that did not actually exist. While the strategy has come to be an important part of the ATF’s approach to criminal investigation, it is a good example of dubious policing efforts.

Fake drug points: a constitutionally dubious police practice

One of the primary initial concerns in building a criminal defense case is to determine whether police officers involved in the criminal process have acted properly and legally in gathering evidence, arresting, citing, and questioning the criminal defendant. This is an incredibly important question, particularly in cases where police have gathered incriminating evidence by means of questionable practices.

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