• FBI Annual Crime Report Shows Spike in Violence

    FBI Annual Crime Report Shows Spike in Violence

    After two years of decline, violent crime rose by 3.9 percent from 2014 to 2015, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s annual crime report.

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Fifth Circuit: Exigent Circumstances Exception Applies to Vehicles

Fifth Circuit: Exigent Circumstances Exception Applies to Vehicles

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held that a defendant’s consent to a search, obtained after invoking her right to remain silent, is not testimonial evidence that can be suppressed as a Miranda violation.

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This Week on FEDtalk: Long Term Care Rate Increase, WAEPA Life Options

This Week on FEDtalk: Long Term Care Rate Increase, WAEPA Life Options

Tune in to FEDtalk this week to hear from Joan Melanson of Federal Long Term Care Partners on the recent rate increase. In the second half of the show, we will talk with Shane Canfield of WAEPA about options for the federal life insurance open season.

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Consent to Search after Invoking Miranda Rights Is Not Itself a Miranda Violation

Consent to Search after Invoking Miranda Rights Is Not Itself a Miranda Violation

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held that a defendant’s consent to a search, obtained after invoking her right to remain silent, is not testimonial evidence that can be suppressed as a Miranda violation.

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Seventh Circuit: Inevitable Discovery Doctrine Applies to Unlawfully Obtained Blood Samples

Seventh Circuit: Inevitable Discovery Doctrine Applies to Unlawfully Obtained Blood Samples

Last week, the Seventh Circuit determined that the inevitable discovery doctrine applied to an unlawfully obtained blood sample because the blood would inevitably have been produced under a state law requiring the collection of blood after a sex crime conviction.

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Lieutenant Randy Brandt Receives July 2016 Officer of the Month Award

Lieutenant Randy Brandt Receives July 2016 Officer of the Month Award

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund has selected Lieutenant Randy Brandt, of the San Leandro (CA) Police Department (SLPD), as the recipient of its Officer of the Month Award for July 2016.

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Tenth Circuit: Officers Violated a § 1983 Plaintiff’s Fourth Amendment Rights

Tenth Circuit: Officers Violated a § 1983 Plaintiff’s Fourth Amendment Rights

Officers violated a § 1983 plaintiff’s Fourth Amendment rights when they relied on his Colorado state residency as justification for continuing a traffic stop and searching his vehicle for drugs, the Tenth Circuit held this week.

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Third Party Doctrine Applies to the I.P. Address of a Home Computer

Third Party Doctrine Applies to the I.P. Address of a Home Computer

This week, the Seventh Circuit determined that the third party doctrine, set forth in United States v. Miller, 425 U.S. 435 (1976), and Smith v. Maryland, 442 U.S. 735 (1979), applies to a computer user’s I.P. address.

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History’s Blotter: Ben Franklin on How to Improve the Nightwatch

History’s Blotter: Ben Franklin on How to Improve the Nightwatch

In 1788, Benjamin Franklin, statesman, inventor, businessman, and founding father, was in his eighties and looking back on his long life.

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Exigency for Warrantless Cell Phone Pinging Created by Threat to Officers

Exigency for Warrantless Cell Phone Pinging Created by Threat to Officers

Warrantless pinging of defendant’s cell phone was reasonable where government proved good faith belief immediate apprehension was necessary after defendant was dangerous and linked to a body of person the government had approached to be an informant, says Second Circuit.

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Fifth Circuit: Search Based on Dog Sniff of a Garage “Close Enough” for the Good Faith

Fifth Circuit: Search Based on Dog Sniff of a Garage “Close Enough” for the Good Faith

Last week, the Fifth Circuit determined that the good faith exception applied to prevent the suppression of evidence obtained after officers used a canine to sniff the perimeter of a garage. The court found unpublished and inconclusive case law sufficient to demonstrate that a dog sniff of a garage is “close enough to the line of validity.”

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This Week on FEDtalk

This Week on FEDtalk: Long Term Care Rate Increase, WAEPA Life Options

Tune in to FEDtalk this week to hear from Joan Melanson of Federal Long Term Care Partners on the recent rate increase. In the second half of the show, we will talk with Shane Canfield of WAEPA about options for the federal life insurance open season.

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FLEOA’s Legislative Mission

FLEOA’s strong legislative voice once again prevailed with the passing of H.R. 2137 – the Federal Law Enforcement Self-Defense and Protection Act of 2015.

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