Articles Searches and Seizures

Federal Forfeiture Laws Have Broad Reach

by Blue LLP

Posted on 12 Jul 2015


Federal Forfeiture Laws Have Broad Reach

Federal drug bust results in the auction of wedding dresses, tuxedos, and engagement rings.

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Hotel Record Inspection Statute Declared Facially Unconstitutional

by Blue LLP

Posted on 23 Jun 2015


Hotel Record Inspection Statute Declared Facially Unconstitutional

The Supreme Court ruled yesterday in City of Los Angeles v. Patel, No. 13-1175, that a Los Angeles City Ordinance that compels "[e]very operator of a hotel to keep a record" containing specific information concerning guests and to make that record "available to any officer of the Los Angeles Police Department for insepection" on demand is facially unconstitutional.

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Whoops! My bad . . . Now Go to Jail!

by Blue LLP

Posted on 20 Dec 2014


 Whoops!  My bad . . . Now Go to Jail!

In Heien v. North Carolina, the US Supreme Court held that an officer's reasonable mistake of the law can justify a seizure.

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Stop! It's the . . . Firefighters?

by Blue LLP

Posted on 4 Sep 2013


Stop!  It's the . . . Firefighters?

In an interesting article, the Durham Herald-Sun questioned today whether firefighters have the legal authority to apprehend a suspect on the suspicion of driving while impaired. As noted in the article, this question was recently before the North Carolina Court of Appeals, and addressed in the opinion issued yesterday in State v. Verkerk.

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DEA and AT&T Get in on Data-Mining

by Blue LLP

Posted on 3 Sep 2013


DEA and AT&T Get in on Data-Mining

In the most recent revelation about widespread government eavesdropping, today, the New York Times reported on a government program with AT&T that grants the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) what is essentially unfettered access to 26 years worth of phone records processed through the telecommunications giant.

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