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Articles by Anthony Accurso

Jury Refuses to Hold Abusive Cops Accountable for Beating Undercover Cop

A jury in Saint Louis acquitted five police officers on several counts relating to their violent assault on a man during protests in September 2017, a man who later turned out to be an undercover cop sent out to gather details on property destruction.

On the ...

Police Use of Facial Recognition May Be Broader Than Expected

Recent reports reveal that police use of facial recognition software may be far more pervasive than we’ve been led to believe.

Clearview AI markets its facial recognition software to law enforcement agencies around the country, boasting the ability to take a photo from a crime scene ...

Police Target People of Color for Cannabis Crimes Despite Legalization

Five more states joined the growing list of jurisdictions where cannabis has been legalized or decriminalized. But the new laws are a hodgepodge of regulation. Some states explicitly changed the laws to prevent police harassment by eliminating the odor of cannabis as sufficient probable cause to ...

Bodycams Do Not Hold Cops Accountable, Communities Do

The widespread popularization of bodycams for police was supposed to bring accountability to the “bad apples” amongst police that drive deadly interactions with citizens. However, years into widespread bodycam use, it is apparent that bodycams, by themselves, do not automatically create accountability.

After the killings of ...

New York and the Surveillance State

by Anthony W. Accurso

 

A recent collaboration of volunteers organized by Amnesty International has tallied the number of surveillance cameras in three of New York's boroughs at just over 15,000. These cameras contribute to the quickening pace of erosion of privacy in American. They pose a constitutional threat to ...

Illinois Supreme Court: State Failed to Prove Constructive Possession of Firearm

In June 2015, a police officer pulled over a van being driven by Charles Wise. He admitted to speeding, ...

Pennsylvania Supreme Court: Failure to Object to Improper Jury Instruction and Curative Instruction by Court Containing ‘Freudian Slip’ Constitutes IAC

Noel Matos Montalvo was convicted, along with ...

California Court of Appeal: Defendant Cannot Be Convicted of Robbery and Kidnapping to Commit Robbery for Same Act

Jose Marcos Barrios approached a vehicle parked on the street ...

Alaska Supreme Court: ‘Set Aside’ Conviction From 1997 Is Not ‘Conviction’ Triggering Lifetime ASORA Registration

The Supreme Court of the State of Alaska determined that a 1995 Department of Public Safety regulation, defining prior sex offenses to include convictions that were set aside, was improperly issued as it was beyond the agency’s authority to enact.

Kelley Maves was convicted of two sexual ...

Tenth Circuit: Warrantless Search of Truck Driver’s Home Not Justified Solely by Connection to Alien Smuggling

Police were called after witnessing a tractor-trailer disgorge 14 people behind an Albertsons supermarket ...

 

 

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