Do they have a search warrant?

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and...

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Actual Innocence May Actually Mean Something After All

Score one for the good guys. In a 5-4 decision, the US Supreme Court has ruled that, in cases where a defendant can make “a convincing showing of actual innocence,” Congress’s 1996 rule that a one-year time limit applies to...

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Collateral Consequences of a Drug Conviction

A story in this local newspaper story mentions that a man and woman charged with drug offenses lived on “Beaver Farm Lane.” Locals will know that this is one of the housing assistance complexes – sometimes called...

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Firearms Disability and You

Guns, gun safety, and gun rights have been very much in the news of late. You might not realize how limited some people’s Right to Bear Arms already are. Under Pennsylvania and Federal law, you can lose the right to possess a firearm – a...

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From Zero to DUI A Lot Faster

CNN reports that the National Transportation Safety Board wants the states to lower the legal blood-alcohol limit for a DUI from 0.08 to 0.05. A decade ago, it was lowered from 0.10 to 0.08, a de facto mandate from the US Congress tied to...

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Those AP Phone Records

I’m trying to be shocked by the story that the Department of Justice obtained several months worth of phone records from several Associated Press offices, including five reporters and an editor. First, what we don’t know: What was...

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High-conflict custody cases losing Parenting Coordinator option

Pennsylvania’s experiment with Parenting Coordination for high-conflict custody disputes is over. The PA Supreme Court has declared all Parenting Coordination orders and programs vacated, effective May 23, 2013. Pennsylvania Rule of Civil...

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Michigan Judge holds self in contempt

Judge Raymond Voet in Ionia County, Michigan, has a simple courtroom rule: any device that goes off in court earns the owner a contempt citation. Rules like this cut down on disruptions and engender a reverence for the courts that is often lacking....

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Moving up the start date

I’m opening my doors on March 4th! My original plan was to open the Law Office of Justin P. Miller on April 2, 2013. I could have opened on April 1 — after all, it worked out pretty well for Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak — but I...

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Union Busting and the Constitution

Salon.com: The real threat to union-busting: The constitution. The Democratic state senators who are hiding out across state lines in Illinois are a major problem for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and his effort to push a bill stripping public...

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Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

A series of recent events have coincided to bring to the surface the contradictions of our modern Surveillance State. In this post-Patriot Act age of widespread surveillence, when the State argues it should even be able to attach a GPS tracker to a...

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Dragged kicking and screaming into the Century of the Fruitbat

Another state joins the civilized world.

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Are you mad for what they did to you?

Raymond Daniel Towler spent nearly 29 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Writing in Esquire, Mike Sager shares Ray’s story of hardship, hope, and vindication. It is a heartrending portrait of what happens when we get it...

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You don’t mess with the Money

When creating your particular whiz-bang, social-network, made-of-awesome, Web-n+1 site, you don’t mess with the Money. As Brian McCarthy learned, it has an entire government to send after you: When the US government decides to take down a...

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Do As I Say

On May 14, 1970, Mitch Daniels, now the governor of Indiana and a GOP presidential hopeful in 2012 and 2016, then a student at Princeton University, was arrested, along with two roommates, for having enough marijuana in his dorm room to fill two...

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