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Probable Cause

Commissioner says “No Wrong Doing” But on what assessment?

by Cheryl Morrow

When the police arrest someone, they take away that person’s fundamental right to freedom. 698 more words

Dershowitz is Wrong About the Special Counsel

President Donald Trump’s argument against the appointment of a special counsel to investigate Russian election interference has been that “there was no collusion” between the Trump campaign and the Russians who interfered in the election. 1,245 more words

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Police corroboration key in finding probable cause for search warrant affidavit

Applying State v. Tuttle, 515 S.W.3d 282 (Tenn. 2017), the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals recently reversed a trial court’s suppression of evidence because the trial court improperly found that the affidavit in support of the search warrant was defective and failed to give rise to probable cause. 650 more words

Haystacks, Needles, And The Fourth Amendment ... special feature article by James R. Cowles

Editor’s Note: After learning about a search warrant issued to collect information on web visitors to DisruptJ20 and the subsequent arrest of 200 individuals, I asked James to write a feature for us explaining the implications under the Fourth Amendment. 1,706 more words

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Smell of marijuana still enough for Vermont vehicle search

An officer needs probable cause  in order to be to search a vehicle without the owner’s consent.  Despite Vermont decriminalizing the possession of under an ounce of marijuana in 2013, the smell of marijuana alone still grants law enforcement the probable cause they need to request a search.   384 more words

Friday Open Thread | Lawrence: Paul Manafort Raid Means 'Probable Cause' Crime Committed

ALTERNET: Here are some of the most significant clues about the Russia probe revealed in reporting on the Manafort raid:

The former Trump campaign chairman had been voluntarily producing documents to congressional investigators — but the search warrant indicates investigators told a federal judge they had reason to believe Manafort could not be trusted to turn over all records sought by a federal subpoena or might even destroy some of the evidence. 224 more words