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November 2013 Archives

Body-worn cameras could protect constitutional rights

Ronald Bailey wrote an article recently published in the journal Reason suggesting that requiring police officers to wear video cameras on their bodies would likely result not only in reduced complaints against police, but fewer violations of constitutional rights and better police work. Requiring police to wear body cameras would not only protect against police misconduct, but would protect officers against false accusations.

Illegal searches alleged by three in New Mexico

We recently wrote an article detailing an offensive and potentially illegal set of searches conducted upon a man in New Mexico after officers witnessed him failing to come to a complete stop at a stop sign outside a Wal-Mart store. As we noted, officers developed a suspicion that the man was carrying drugs in his colon, and conducted not only an anal cavity search—as per the warrant—but also an x-ray, three enemas and a colonoscopy, which were not part of the search warrant. All of this was done over and against the man’s protests.

Defendants appeal drug charges to U.S. Supreme Court

On Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments for two cases involving criminal defendants convicted of drug crimes. One defendant was convicted of distributing heroin that killed a drug user in Iowa, while the other was convicted of aiding and abetting the use of a firearm in the course of drug trafficking in Utah.

New Mexico man sues police for unreasonable search, seizure

Search and seizure is an important issue in the area of drug offenses. Those suspected of criminal activity have certain rights, and when police officers hastily trample over those rights, there are consequences, not only for the suspect, but for the integrity of any criminal case that may be pursued. Without these protections, it would be too easy for officers to abuse their power.

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