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search and seizure Archive



by Edmond Geary

Government Spying — Big Brother has truly arrived

The U.S. Department of Justice has been assembling a nation-wide database of vehicles for tracking their owners and movements. They scan and store license tags in the hundreds of millions, and also record faces. The Drug Enforcement Administration began the tracking of citizens’ license plates so they could seize property gained from drug trafficking.  They…

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by Edmond Geary

Police officer robbing motorists

Every profession has its bad apples, and the Tulsa Police Department made its contribution last year.  An interesting question was raised in the case concerning the definition of crimes. Marvin Blades was a police officer, patrolling in his police cruiser around town, protecting the citizens of Tulsa.  But while on duty, he had a side…

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by Edmond Geary

Search protection for citizens’ electronic privacy

Whenever police arrest someone, they routinely seize any telephone carried on the person or in the person’s vehicle.  Does the arrested person have a right to privacy in the information stored there?  Should the police be required as a predicate to such a search of establishing probable cause and secure a search warrant.  The United…

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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

Constitutional Rights in Supreme Court: South Dakota v. Opperman

The Supreme Court of South Dakota ruled a violation of the 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, a police search when they conducted a routine inventory search of an automobile lawfully impounded by police for violations of municipal parking violations. After incurring two overtime parking citations in the same morning, a car was towed by…

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by Edmond Geary

Congressman Sentenced for Bribery, Racketeering & Money Laundering

William Jefferson, former Congressman from New Orleans, was sentenced to 13 years in federal prison for using his office to enrich himself and his family.  His sentence was less than the 27 years recommended by the U.S. Attorney.  He was convicted by a jury last August for bribery, racketeering and money laundering.  Some of his…

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