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Predictive policing technology raises civil rights concerns

In previous posts, we’ve looked at the emerging issue of facial recognition technology in law enforcement, and the constitutional issues it may raise for criminal suspects. As we noted in those posts, the technology law enforcement has at its disposal is constantly changing, constantly improving, and the threats to privacy are therefore ongoing.

Bond amount may have surprised woman charged with drug crimes

Some people may not be aware at how high bond is sometimes set when a person is charged with a drug-related crime in Florida. This appears to be the case for one particular woman who is currently facing several charges for drug crimes in this state. The situation recently unfolded as part of an extensive investigation.

Shipmates detained in Florida for suspected drug crimes

A sailing expedition on the high seas in the Caribbean was brought to a halt in a surprising turn of events on a recent Monday. The U.S. Coast Guard was involved in the situation and helped in the apprehension of several drug smugglers. The vessel in question was brought to a U.S. Coast Guard base in Florida and at least five shipmates were removed from the boat and detained on suspicion of drug crimes.

Looking at search and seizure issues in criminal defense, P.4

Last time, we began looking at the exclusionary rule and the protections it can offer to defendants in criminal cases where prosecutors attempt to introduce evidence which was obtained from or as a result of illegal searches and seizures. Again, the exclusionary rule allows a criminal defendant to file a motion to suppress illegally obtained evidence from being introduced into the court record.

Looking at search and seizure issues in criminal defense, P.3

In recent posts, we’ve been looking at the issue of search and seizure law in light of the increasing use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement agencies across the United States. Last time, we looked at several possible scenarios where law enforcement might mishandle the search warrant aspect of a criminal investigation.

Looking at search and seizure issues in criminal defense, P.1

In recent posts, we’ve been looking at the topic of facial recognition technology as used in law enforcement. As we noted last time, critics of the technology argue that its use may raise constitutional issues. In this post, we wanted to say a bit more about that.

Use of facial recognition technology in law enforcement raises privacy, constitutional concerns, P.2

In our last post, we began looking at the use of facial recognition technology in law enforcement, and particularly at concerns raised by a recent report from Georgetown University. As we mentioned last time, 16 states currently allow the use of facial recognition technology in some form, and Florida is among them.

When law enforcement relies on an unreliable informant, P.1

In our last post, we mentioned a report recently released by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration which found that the agency has essentially had poor management and control over its use of confidential informants. Not only does the report highlight the waste of resources resulting from its lack of solid policies for managing informants, which amounts to millions of dollars over less than five years, but there is also the fact that the DEA has not had an objective way to measure the reliability of its informants.

Report highlights DEA’s misuse of confidential informants

State and federal law enforcement agencies use a wide variety of strategies and tools to investigate drug crimes. Among these is the use of confidential informants to obtain information and leads that would otherwise be unavailable. Law enforcement sometimes make use of informants as anonymous tipsters, and sometimes they strike deals with individuals who have been charged with or convicted of a crime in order to gain access to information the offender has to offer about an investigation.

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