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by Edmond Geary

Police Stop-And-Frisk Campaign Ruled Illegal

To address the abundance of street crime in high crime areas of New York City, the police devised an aggressive stop-and-frisk approach.  They called it TAP, acronym for  Trespassers Affidavit Program.  It used to be known as Operation Clean Halls.  The police approached anyone outside certain housing projects, engaged them, search them, question them and…

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by Edmond Geary

Police Escape Rape Verdict

Two police officers in New York accused of rape have been acquitted.  They had been called to assist a woman who was too drunk to walk and ended up spending way too much time in her apartment.  They admitted spending all that time in her apartment, but denied raping her. Franklin Mata, one of the…

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by Edmond Geary

The CSI Effect in Prosecutions

Crime Scene Investigation is the premise for several television shows.  Known as “CSI, ” the various shows take place in different cities with a different cast for each.  Prosecutors have noticed that some of the half-assed cases they have presented at trial have been found lacking by jurors who later referred to case presented in…

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by Edmond Geary

Federal Agency Fights to Stay Alive

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (A.T.F.) has always had to fight to distinguish itself from the F.B.I.   Specialized in enforcing only the matters in its title, it made headlines in the 1970s for its big drug busts.  Its history is said to derive from Alexander Hamilton’s Treasury operations during the Whiskey Rebellion,…

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by Edmond Geary

Drug Dogs Searches in Oklahoma

Often when law enforcement officers stop a vehicle on the highway, they will use a drug dog to sniff the vehicle to establish probable cause to justify their subsequent manual search.   The reliability of that dog then becomes a fact question as to whether that search was legally justified, since the search was based upon…

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by Edmond Geary

Fed Prosecution of Tulsa Oklahoma Police Proceeds

The prosecution of present and former Tulsa police officers inches closer to jury trial.  U.S. District Judge Bruce Black, from New Mexico and sitting in the Northern District of Oklahoma in Tulsa, has ruled the indictment against Tulsa police officers Nick DeBruin, Bruce Bonham and Harold Wells may proceed to trial and overruled pretrial motions…

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by Edmond Geary

Drug Agency sounds the alarm-as usual

There is a budget crunch in state government so every agency is looking to save its budget.  The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs is no exception.  Director Darrell Weaver has just announced a “spike” in drug deaths in Oklahoma.  He calls it a crisis. There were 577 who died of drugs in 2009. …

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by Edmond Geary

Innocent of Murder in California

Kevin Cooper was convicted of murdering a family in 1983.  As his execution approaches, not only have serious questions have been raised about the evidence used to convict him but some federal appeal judges have accused police of framing him for the murders. Doug and Peggy Ryen were stabbed to death along with their 10-year-old…

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by Edmond Geary

Rescuers Turn Attackers

“Don’t taze my granny,” Lonnie Tinsley cried.  He was yelling at the police he had called to help his 86-year-old grandmother in his home in El Reno.  Actually, he had called for help for his grandmother, thinking medical personnel would arrive.  The police arrived.  But the police didn’t listen to him.  When the grandmother, Lona…

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by Edmond Geary

Police Torture in Chicago

Jon Burge, former Commander in the Chicago Police Department, is on trial in Chicago federal court, prosecuted for perjury by the U.S. Justice Department.  The charge is perjury, but the bulk of the evidence pertains to Burge’s torturing suspects, the prosecution attempting to prove Burge lied to cover up his tortures. Prosecution witness Gregory Banks…

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