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Florida Supreme Court to Evaluate Constitutionality of Breath Test Arrests

The Florida State Supreme Court is preparing to hear arguments about the state law which allows citizens to be prosecuted if they refuse a breathalyzer. Currently, Florida law allows police officers to arrest suspected drunk drivers if they refuse to take a breath test.

Changes to Electronic Communications Privacy Act Could Let FBI into Your Email

How far can law enforcement dig into your search history? Changes to existing laws may soon permit a deeper dive than is currently allowed.

Supreme Court finds Florida death penalty procedures unconstitutional

Recently, the Supreme Court ruled that Florida's death penalty sentencing procedures are in violation of constitutional rights. The court heard the case of 37-year old Timothy Hurst, who was convicted of murder and sentenced to death in in 1998.

Supreme Court to Address Insider Training

Insider trading will be considered once by the Supreme Court after an overturned conviction is being challenged by government lawyers. The definition of insider trading was previously established prior by the Supreme Court. The upcoming consideration of United States vs. Newman may serve to draw the lines more clearly on what proof is needed to convict someone of insider trading.

Do you have a right to an expectation of privacy with pocket-dialed calls?

In today's world, technology follows us wherever we go. Think about the last time you left your cell phone at home. It was probably an accident. If you're one of the millions of people who carry their cell phone with them at all times, you'll probably want to take precautions to ensure that you can't accidently call someone after reading this story.

Former Drug Court Judge Sentenced for Stealing Cocaine

59-year-old Paul Pozonsky, a former judge from Western Pennsylvania, was sentenced to 30 days to two years in jail for stealing cocaine. He pled guilty in March to charges stemming from directing that cocaine meant for police custody be stored in his chambers. Pozonsky then used the cocaine to feed his addiction to the drug.

Complaint Alleges South Florida Media Company Defrauded Clients

Platinum Television Group of Coral Springs and three other companies - New Line Media Solutions, U.S. Media Television and FR media, all of which were formed by Paul Scott - were named by the Florida Attorney General's Office in a complaint recently. The Attorney general alleges that their media productions were deceptive.

FBI admits thousands of convictions potentially affected by overstating "scientific" evidence

The FBI admits that up to 95 percent of their testimony regarding hair comparison overstated the likelihood of hair matches in testimony. The last thirty years of hair analysis by the FBI has been called into question, and the potentially impacted cases go back decades. The FBI laboratory's hair comparison unit conducted 2,500 cases using a process that has been found to be more subjective than scientific. Hair and bite-mark forensics rely on a process of matching patterns, which is not a definitive technique like DNA.

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