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Articles by Douglas Ankney

Texas Supreme Court: Multiple Misdemeanor Charges Resulting From Single Arrest Divisible for Expunction Purposes

The Supreme Court of Texas held that under Article 55.01(a)(2)(A) of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure multiple misdemeanor offenses charged in a single arrest are eligible for expunction on an individual basis.

R.P.G.P. was arrested for a misdemeanor driving while intoxicated (“DWI”) offense. An inventory search ...

When Police Ignore Ordered Changes, Is It Really Reform?

While former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin stood trial for the murder of George Floyd, police in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, shot and killed 20-year-old Daunte Wright during a traffic stop. Protesters assembled outside Brooklyn Center’s police headquarters.

The crowd control tactics inflicted upon the protesters were of ...

Imaging of Fingerprints Using Mass Spectrometry Enables Scientists to Distinguish Between Persons Who Touched Cocaine Versus Those Who Ingested Cocaine

by Doug Ankney

Melanie Bailey, a forensic scientist at the University of Surrey, revealed that by using a high-resolution mass spectrometry (“HRMS”) method to detect cocaine in fingerprints, she and her team can now distinguish between fingerprints left by persons who had ingested cocaine and fingerprints left by persons who ...

Florida's Worst Cop was Just Fired, for the Seventh Time

by Doug Ankney

The city of Opa-Locka, Florida, recently terminated Police Sergeant German Bosque's employment for the seventh time. Once dubbed "Florida's Worst Cop," Bosque had worked with the Opa-Locka Police Department for 28 years and was fired seven times for violations ranging from excessive force, stealing from suspects, and ...

Study Reveals that Some Smartphone Breath Alcohol Testing Devices are Inaccurate and Suggests Need for Regulation

by Doug Ankney

According to a study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (“PENN”), testing of the accuracy of seven smartphone breath alcohol testing devices revealed each device underestimated Blood-Alcohol Concentration (“BAC”) by more than 0.01%. To assess these devices, researchers used 20 moderate drinkers ...

Connecticut Supreme Court: Use of Jailhouse Informant Violated Sixth Amendment Right to Counsel

Ninth Circuit Affirms Denial of Qualified Immunity to Officers Who Coerced 13-Year-Old to Falsely Confess to Murder

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed in part and reversed in part the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California’s denial of qualified immunity with respect to officers who coerced a 13-year-old boy to falsely confess to a murder.

A security ...

Maryland Court of Appeals: Erroneous Anti-CSI Jury Instruction Was Not Harmless Error

A female college student looked out the door of her apartment and saw a man on ...

Fourth Circuit Announces First Step Act Determinations Subject to Procedural and Reasonableness Requirements

Michigan Supreme Court: Anonymous Tip Alleging Woman Was Driving Drunk Because She Yelled at Her Children Failed to Provide Reasonable Suspicion for Terry Stop



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