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  1. US Supreme Court Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders of County of Burlington 10-945

    by , 05-20-12 at 08:36 PM (The Honorable Court at Officer Resource)
    Decision here.
    Discussion.

    This one is more directly relevant to jail staff than to police, but it's still worth knowing about. Florence was arrested for a warrant for failure to pay fines, detained for a few days between two different jails, and then released when it was determined that he had paid his fine (just a little late) and the warrant should have been quashed. At each of the jails where he was detained, he was strip searched prior to being admitted to the general ...
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  2. US Supreme Court Messerschmidt v. Millender 10-704

    by , 05-20-12 at 08:32 PM (The Honorable Court at Officer Resource)
    Decision here.
    Discussion.

    In this cases, Bowen (a known gang member with numerous violent felony convictions) attacked his girlfriend when she broke up with him, because she had called the cops. "Attacked" meaning that he tried to throw her over a second story balcony, dragged her around by her hair, bit her, and shot at her five times with a shotgun. His girlfriend escaped, and reported to the assault to the police. The also gave information regarding his ...
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  3. US Supreme Court Howes v. Fields 10-680

    by , 05-20-12 at 08:30 PM (The Honorable Court at Officer Resource)
    Decision here.
    Discussion.

    Fields was serving a sentence in a Michigan state prison for an offense unrelated to this case when sheriff's deputies wanted to question him about some sexual activity with a 12 year old boy which he had engaged in prior to his incarceration. Fields was escorted away from the general population to an average sized conference room to meet with the deputies, who were armed. Fields was told at least twice that he was free to return to his cell at ...
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  4. US Supreme Court Ryburn v. Huff 11-208

    by , 05-20-12 at 08:29 PM (The Honorable Court at Officer Resource)
    Decision here.
    Discussion here.

    Officers received a call that Vincent Huff had threatened to shoot up his school. They interviewed school staff and other students, and learned that Huff had been bullied and was frequently absent (and therefore, based on their training, he met the profile of a school shooter). Huff was not at school, so they went to his house to meet with him.

    There was no answer when they knocked on the door, so they tried to call into the
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  5. US Supreme Court US v. Jones 10-1259

    by , 05-20-12 at 08:27 PM (The Honorable Court at Officer Resource)
    Decision here.
    Discussion here.

    I meant to write this one up last Monday, but I've been in training all week and haven't had time.

    Here's the facts: Jones was being investigated for drug trafficking, and as part of of the investigation the government (an FBI/Metro PD task force) obtained a search warrant to place a GPS on his jeep (his wife's actually, but he was the only driver). The warrant authorized the police to install the GPS on the jeep within 10 days
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