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SCOTUS Nominee Neil Gorsuch and the Fourth Amendment

The New York times recently recounted a 2013 case, in which a Kansas man pled guilty to possessing and sending child pornography. The plea came after failed attempts to suppress the ...
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The Uncertain Future of Chicago Policing

The Christmas holiday left 53 people shot and 11 dead, to round out one of the deadliest years on record in the Windy City. All told, 4,300 people were shot and 770 murdered in Chicago during 2016, up ...
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The Cop in Your Pocket

The Cop in Your Pocket It’s 2017, and more devices than ever are connected to the internet. And beyond that, many these devices also have the capacity to collect personal information, spoken ...
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New Report Concludes Chicago Police Need Reform

Chicago’s police department has been under scrutiny for years. Allegations of corruption, use of excessive force, and other abuses have plagued the CPD. And a new report by the Justice ...
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Should the Miranda warning apply to your smartphone?

It’s usually the climax of the Law and Order episode—the suspect is being taken into custody while the protagonist detective reads them their rights. Most of us can recite it by heart: ...
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Trump Inherits Hundreds of Judicial Appointments

The peaceful transition of power is a point of pride in American political history. Rather than a series of militarist leaders vying for control, one ousting another from power with the force of a ...
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Chicago's Christmas Violence Gives Tragic End to 2016

Though many Chicagoans may have simply hoped for a white Christmas, what the city received was a bloody one. The Chicago Police Department reported over 27 shooting incidents over the holiday weekend, ...
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Drone Use Outpaces Flight Rules

A drone could be the hot item on your Christmas wishlist—perhaps you’ll find one under your tree in a few weeks. Or maybe, there’s a drone currently conducting private or government ...
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Chicago Murder Toll Breaks 700

The beginning of December in Chicago tolls a more somber bell than simply the start of the holiday season. As the month began, there had been more than 700 murders in the city since the beginning of ...
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Big Government plus Big Tech - Are You Being Watched?

You’re walking down a quiet street in your neighborhood. Is there a camera watching your every step? You set that post to the “friends only” privacy setting on Facebook with a ...
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Will "the lawyer made me do it" defense stand in court?

For every major corporation or large business, there is usually at least one—if not a team—of lawyers guiding its moves. Company decisions are based on careful analytics, market ...
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Ballistic Fingerprinting Reopens Unsolved Crimes

As of October 2016, police have recovered 7,224 guns in the city of Chicago. That's up 21% from the same period last year and highlights the quantity of guns in circulation on Chicago streets. ...
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Cosby Rape Allegations Spur Change for Victims' Rights

Victims of sexual assault who dare to bring their experiences public almost always face a long, frustrating legal battle. After the grief, anger, hurt, and shame of being sexually assaulted, women and ...
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Disgraced Lance Armstrong Still Battles Doping Fallout

Lance Armstrong, America’s former golden boy and the face of professional cycling, sat quietly in a federal courtroom in DC last week. His lawyers worked hard to end a government fraud case ...
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Virtual Face Recognition Impacts More Citizens than Criminals

Virtual Face Recognition Impacts More Citizens than Criminals Face recognition software is used every single day across the country to help law enforcement identify and catch criminals. The FBI has ...
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Chicago Budget Can't Keep Pace with Police Lawsuits

Chicago is a beautiful, proud city, but in recent years, it’s seen more than its fair share of heartache. A narrowly-avoided teacher strike. High crime rates. Record murders. 125,000 homeless ...
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All Eyes on Mexico While Smugglers Flock to the Northern Border

Rhetoric and politics have held America's attention firmly to the south. Our shared border with Mexico, while closely guarded, is an all-too-common avenue for illicit activity. The trafficking of ...
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Are Credit Card Magstripe Searches a Constitutional Issue?

“ Amendment IV The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, ...
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The Changing Face of American Gun Ownership

Gun ownership in America has a history spanning hundreds of years, but the pictures painted by both the NRA and its pro-regulation political opposition may not tell the whole story. The proliferation ...
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FBI Versus Tech: Why the Government Hates Your iPhone Passcode

Our private information is becoming all but private. From Facebook data, to online shopping, to old information compiled in Google searches, it’s incredibly easy to find information on American ...
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Is the American Criminal Justice System Racist?

Black Americans are much more likely to be incarcerated than white Americans. They're more likely to be pulled over, too. And arrested. And when they do get arrested, their sentences tend to be ...
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Investigation Shows Police Regularly Abuse Records Databases

Police Databases See Frequent Shady Searches Law enforcement databases compile extremely personal information about US citizens. Things like photos, motor vehicle records, birth dates, and criminal ...
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Why do the Majority of Chicago's Violent Crimes Go Unsolved?

Over the past year, Chicago has seen more than its fair share of violence and heartbreak. January through August saw the murder rate rise a staggering fifty per cent. And the vast majority of those ...
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Was an Illinois Daycare Worker Wrongly Convicted of Murder?

A former daycare worker, convicted of murder in the 2009 death of a toddler under her care, may have the verdict reversed on her guilt. Melissa Calusinski, who was only 22 at the time of the alleged ...
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Chicago Police Subject to Grand Jury Investigation

It has been nearly two years since Laquan McDonald was fatally shot by a police officer on the streets of Southwest Chicago. On October 20 th, 2014, Officer Jason Van Dyke shot the seventeen-year-old ...
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