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Queens DA Tosses 60 Convictions Tied to Lying or Predatory Cops

by Chuck Sharman


Thanks to misconduct that has tainted the testimony of three now-fired New York City Police Department (“NYPD”) cops, the resulting convictions of 60 people will be vacated and expunged after a judge agreed to a request by Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz on November 8, 2021. ...

SCOTUS Maintains Hands-Off Approach to Secretive Government Surveillance Court

by Chuck Sharman

The Supreme Court of the United States (“SCOTUS”) on November 1, 2021, declined to consider a motion to force the federal government’s secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (“FISC”) to publish its opinions. The decision not to grant a writ of certiorari drew a stinging dissent from Justices ...

California School Resource Officer Charged with Murder in Fatal On-Duty Shooting of Teen

by Chuck Sharman

The District Attorney for Los Angeles County announced on October 27, 2021, that a murder charge had been filed against a now-fired school resource officer (“SRO”) who fatally shot a young woman the month before. Calling the charge “a first step on the road to justice,” an ...

California Cop Found Guilty of Felony Assault in Shooting Death of Mentally Ill Man

by Chuck Sharman

A California jury found a cop in a wealthy San Francisco suburb guilty of felony assault with a firearm in the fatal 2018 shooting of an unarmed mentally ill man during a response to a 911 call.

The jury deadlocked on a more serious felony charge of ...

FBI Teaches Law Enforcement How to Turn Your Cell Phone Against You

by Chuck Sharman

A recently revealed FBI report provides detailed instruction to law enforcement on snooping through cell phone data, often without a search warrant, while also delving into similarly warrantless mining of social media sites for personal data.

Obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request by the nonprofit ...

New Study Shows School Cops Don’t Decrease Shootings, Just Increase Expulsions and Arrests

by Chuck Sharman

An academic working paper released in mid-October 2021 found that police officers employed in public schools—typically known as School Resource Officers (“SROs”)—have zero success in reducing the number of school shootings. Still, they do cause an increase in suspensions and expulsions.

The paper, published by the Annenberg ...

Senior U.S. Marshal Accused of Plagiarism and Office Sex Fling

by Chuck Sharman


A high-ranking official with the U.S. Marshals Service (“USMS”) is on paid leave. At the same time, the agency investigates a pair of allegations lobbed against him: that he had sex with a subordinate on his office sofa in July 2021 and that he also had ...

Justice Department Orders All Federal Agents to Wear Body Cameras

by Chuck Sharman

On September 1, 2021, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced it was implementing the first phase of its Body-Worn Camera (“BWC”) with federal agents in the Detroit and Phoenix field offices of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (“ATF”).

After the BWC program is ...

Justice Department Bans Chokeholds and Restricts No-Knock Entries for Federal Agents

by Chuck Sharman

The U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”)—parent agency of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Drug Enforcement Administration; the U.S. Marshals Service; and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives—announced on September 14, 2021, that it was banning immediately the use of chokeholds and “carotid restraints” by ...

North Carolina Court Rules That Felons Not in Prison Must Be Allowed to Vote

by Chuck Sharman

On August 23, 2021, in a decision that immediately enfranchised some 55,000 North Carolinians, a state court ruled that felons released from prison on supervision may not be barred from voting.

The 2-1 decision by the judges of Fifth Superior Court—with judges Lisa Bell and Keith Gregory ...



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