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  1. US Supreme Court US v. Alvarez 11-210

    by , 06-29-12 at 03:21 PM (The Honorable Court at Officer Resource)
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    Alvarez falsely claimed in a public meeting to have received the Congressional Medal of Honor. This wasn't a misunderstanding, it was an out-and-out lie. As a result, he was convicted under the Stolen Valor Act, which makes it a crime to lie about receiving military awards. He appealed his conviction, challenging the constitutionality of the act.

    The US Supreme Court found the act unconstitutional and set aside his conviction. ...
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  2. US Supreme Court Arizona v. US 11-182

    by , 06-27-12 at 01:08 PM (The Honorable Court at Officer Resource)
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    So Arizona passed a law which mimicked federal immigration laws in order to give their own peace officers authority to deal with illegal immigrants. It's questionable whether or not that's constitutional, since the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution allows the federal government to decide that certain areas of law are off limits to state lawmakers. In this case, there are four sections of the Arizona law which were challenged.
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  3. US Supreme Court Reichle v. Howards 11-262

    by , 06-05-12 at 11:45 PM (The Honorable Court at Officer Resource)
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    This decision deals primarily with intricate questions of legal precedent, and in order to simplify the question the court didn't resolve the issue which would have had the most lasting significance. If you decide to skip this post, I understand. If you decide to wade through it, don't say I didn't warn you.

    In 2006, Vice President Cheney put in an appearance at a mall in Colorado. Howards was there, and a secret service agent ...
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  4. 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)
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    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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  5. US Supreme Court Messerschmidt v. Millender 10-704

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