Reverend Edward Sherriff was well-known in the Sacramento, CA, area for his charitable works, including running a food bank and two community thrift stores, providing shelter to the homeless, aiding recovering drug addicts, running a hospice center for the terminally ill, distributing toys to children in poverty, and also advocating on behalf of gay rights. On October 20, 1999, nineteen-year old Tio Sessoms and two accomplices burglarized the mobile home of Rev. Sheriff, where Rev. Sheriff lived with his two dogs. One of Mr. Sessoms's accomplices murdered Rev. Sheriff by stabbing and strangling him. Shortly after the crime, Mr. Sessoms fled to his father’s home in Oklahoma. Subsequently, a warrant was issued for the arrest of Mr. Sessoms.
Explicit Consent Unnecessary for Warrantless Entry in to Arrestee’s Home When Arrestee Requests Re-Entry to Dress or Change Clothes
For thirty years, Shaw Bransford & Roth P.C. has provided superior representation on a wide range of federal employment law issues, from representing federal employees nationwide in administrative investigations, disciplinary and performance actions, and Bivens lawsuits, to handling security clearance adjudications and employment discrimination cases.
Warnell Reid was convicted of unlawful possession of a firearm as a previously convicted felon and sentenced to more than fifteen years in prison because federal law enforcement “allowed” his girlfriend, Earnestine Graham, to change out of her pajamas and into clothes following her arrest outside the home she shared with Reid.
Brian Berry was a barber who had owned and operated Strictly Skillz barber shop since 2007, when he purchased the business from another individual. Edwyn Durant, Reginald Trammon, and Jermario Anderson were barbers who rented barbering chairs at Strictly Skillz for a weekly rental fee. During the relevant time frame, all four individuals possessed a valid Florida barber’s license. Under Florida state law, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (“DBPR”) is authorized to conduct inspections of barbershops to ensure compliance with state licensing and sanitation standards once every two years. However, DBPR lacks law enforcement authority, and must rely on law enforcement officers to address any violations of state laws which it discovers.
The Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012 granted the Office of Special Counsel (“OSC”) the authority to file an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief with the Supreme Court in whistleblower cases. On September 29, 2014, OSC filed its first such brief, supporting a former Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) air marshal in a case concerning the employee’s disclosure that the Federal Air Marshal Service (“FAMS”) was stopping its coverage of long-distance flights despite an increase in intelligence warnings concerning terrorists targeting those flights.
According to OSC, the key issue in Department of Homeland Security v. Robert MacLean (scheduled for oral argument before the Court on November 4, 2014) is “whether [the employee’s] disclosure of sensitive security information (SSI), a form of controlled unclassified information, constituted a whistleblower disclosure specifically prohibited by law for purposes of 5 U.S.C. § 2302(b)(8)(A).”
Third Circuit: Officers Who Observed Firearms Violation Could Enter House and Search for Suspect as Part of a Hot Pursuit; After Finding the Suspect Unarmed, Officers Could Not Continue Warrantless Search for the Firearm
At 2:33 a.m. on January 15, 2012, Officers Richard Hough and William Lynch, Jr. of the Philadelphia Police Department received a dispatch reporting that a group of men was congregated on Old York Road and one of them, a black male wearing a brown leather jacket over a black hooded sweatshirt, was carrying a gun. The officers arrived on scene approximately five minutes later and noticed an individual, Mr. Kamaal Mallory, matching the description from the dispatch. After a brief period of observation, Mr. Mallory approached the officers to speak with them. As he did, the officers were able to see part of a revolver protruding from Mr. Mallory’s waistband. Officer Hough shouted “gun!” Mr. Mallory, an emergency medical technician visiting with his stepmother and stepsiblings for the weekend with his daughters accompanying him, fled into the home of his stepmother, Ms. Delaine Abu Bakr. The officers pursued on foot.
- Officer’s Inability To Determine Whether The Paper Affixed To The Defendant’s Window Of His Vehicle Was A Valid Temporary Registration Card Constituted Reasonable Suspicion For Traffic Stop
- Tenth Circuit: When Drug-Sniffing Dogs Alerted on a Suspect’s Bag, but no Contraband was Found Inside, Officers Could Still Search an Abandoned Bag They Believed Previously Belonged to the Suspect
- Fifth Circuit: Driver's Consent to Search Trunk Did Not Include Consent for Police to Search the Passenger's Luggage in the Driver's Trunk
- Exigent Circumstances Existed Where a Known Felon Appeared to Have a Firearm and Neighbors Had Previously Reported Gun Shots