• Secretly Videotaping Sexual Encounters with a Prostitute is Not a Privacy Violation

    “Places of prostitution and people who knowingly frequent them to engage a prostitute are not sanctioned by society,” the court said. In Maine, Mark Strong, a businessman was charged with 46 criminal counts of invasion of privacy for videotaping a prostitute’s sexual encounters with other men. The State Supreme Court dismissed the invasion of privacy […]

  • What Are Judges Thinking?

    Many times, defendants and defense attorneys have no idea how a judge makes his or her decisions. What are the specific factors that sway a judge to be lenient with one defendant but harsh with another? As reported by the American Bar Association, an Illinois judge recently got reassigned after sharing his sentencing philosophy with […]

  • Police Officers Do Lie, Why?

    When a police officer lies, it can destroy a person’s life, resulting in a prison term, loss of employment, and reputation. Not all police officers lie. But, as the recent New York Times Opinion article notes, it is not uncommon for police officers to lie. Moreover, in many cases, the criminal justice system provides incentives […]

  • PARENTS BEWARE: Sexting Among Teens Has Potentially Severe Consequences

    Teens texting on cellphones is common in every town across the country. A more troubling cell phone activity is “sexting,” which more and more teens are participating in. Sexting is the transmission of sexually suggestive material via text messages. Many “sexts” involve teenagers sending nude or semi-nude cell phone pictures of themselves. A July 2012 […]

  • Dog’s Sniff is All That is Needed to Search a Vehicle

    A dog’s “sniff is up to snuff” wrote Justice Kagan in a unanimous decision by the Supreme Court that gives law enforcement greater authority to use drug-sniffing dogs to establish probable cause for a search. See Florida v. Harris, No. 11-817 (Feb. 19, 2013) . The case centered upon a drug-sniffing German shepherd named Aldo […]