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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Chicago Violence Spurs Emanuel to Hire Hundreds of Cops

Chicago saw 90 homicides in August —that's a shocking rate of three every single day. This dramatic month of violence close out the worst summer Chicagoans have faced in more than a decade. ...
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Chicago's Crime Algorithm Could Be Damaging to People It's Meant to Help

Chicago's Crime Algorithm Could Be Damaging to People It's Meant to Help In 2013, Chicago announced a controversial new way to help solve their crime problem. Called the Strategic Subjects ...
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Chicago Murder Rate Overwhelms Waning Police Force

Tyjuan Lewis was killed nearly one year ago, and his family is still searching for answers. Tyjaun's sister Cynthia reaches out to detectives every two weeks, hoping for new information about the ...
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Man Exonerated of Murder Charges to Receive $6 Million from Settlement with Lake County

The Chicago Tribune reports that in 2005, a man was arrested for the murder of his 8-year-old daughter and her friend. After more than 24 hours of interrogation by Lake County law enforcement, the ...
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Gang Members Arrested Fighting with the Police

In Summit three alleged gang members were arrested after one of the individuals fought with police officers. The police recovered 12 grams of heroin and 8 grams of cocaine. The arrest occurred as the ...
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NOT GUILTY - THEFT

People v. M.G. NOT GUILTY - THEFT The Defendant was charged with Theft in that she allegedly stole a Chicago Police Department ticket book. The Defendant did steal this item. However, the reason why ...
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Judge Rules Iraq Protesters Can Sue Chicago

Just a few days before the anniversary of the initial invasion of Iraq in 2003, according to the Huffington Post, a judge ruled that a group of protesters would be allowed to file a lawsuit against ...
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Police Charge Impound Fees for Cars That Were Not Towed

One woman's tragic story has brought to light a little known police practice. Kathie LaFond was driving to pick up her boyfriend, who was drunk and could not drive, when she was pulled over by ...
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58,000 Chicago Residents Claim Mistreatment by Police

The manner in which a person is arrested and held can sometimes prove to be important evidence in the case. When law enforcement officers do not follow protocol, individual rights may be violated and ...
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