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Articles by Matthew Clarke

North Carolina Supreme Court Upholds Social Media Ban for Registered Sex Offenders

by Matt Clarke

In an opinion handed down on November 6, 2015, the Supreme Court of North Carolina upheld a state law banning registered sex offenders from accessing commercial social media websites on the Internet.

Lester Gerard Packingham, a registered sex offender (RSO), was convicted of accessing commercial social media ...

Despite Opposition, California Governor Moves to Reduce Prison Terms

by Matt Clarke

When California Governor Jerry Brown announced his intention of getting a voter initiative to reduce the length of time nonviolent prisoners would spend in prison onto the ballot, it engendered opposition ... and a sense of irony. Brown was the governor who ushered in California's "tough-on-crime" era ...

Fifth Circuit Dismisses Interlocutory Appeal of Roadside Body-Cavity Search Suit

by Matt Clarke

On January 12, 2017, the Fifth Circuit court of appeals dismissed the interlocutory appeal of a deputy sheriff who was a bystander when a Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) officer conducted a roadside body-cavity search of two women.

DPS Officer Nathaniel Turner stopped Brandy Hamilton and ...

Corruption Homeland Security Dep't. Worse Than Porous Border

by Matt Clarke

According to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General John Roth, his office receives 300 to 400 cases alleging corruption against DHS personnel each year. The office investigates about 100 of them and passes the others on to internal affairs offices at I.C.E., Customs and Border Patrol, ...

Evidence Scandal Leads to the Dismissal of over 140 Texas Criminal Cases

by Matt Clarke

Destruction of evidence held at the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office led to the dismissal of over 140 Texas criminal cases—most of them involving drug charges.

When supervisors at the Precinct 4 Constable’s Office directed Deputy Constable Chris Hess to organize the evidence room, they had ...

California Felonizes Some Prosecutorial Misconduct

by Matt Clarke

On September 30, 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that was introduced by Assemblywoman Patty Lopez (D-San Fernando), felonizing some prosecutorial misconduct. Under the new law, a prosecutor can be sentenced to up to three years in prison for altering or intentionally withholding ...

Fourth Circuit Holds North Carolina Sex Offender Restrictions Unconstitutional

by Matt Clarke

On November 30, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed a federal district court’s judgment that portions of the North Carolina sex offender restrictions statute were unconstitutional.

John Does #1 through #5 (collectively, the “Does”) are persons who have been convicted of a ...



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