Garland Confronts Long-Building Crisis Over Leak Inquiries and Journalism

Prosecutors’ approach to unauthorized disclosures of government secrets has undergone a sea change in the 21st century.

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Garland Confronts Crisis Over Leak Inquiries and Journalism

Prosecutors’ approach to unauthorized disclosures of government secrets has undergone a sea change in the 21st century.

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Bitcoin Is Actually Traceable, Pipeline Investigation Shows

The F.B.I.’s recovery of Bitcoins paid in the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack showed cryptocurrencies are not as hard to track as it might seem.

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White House Supports Ban on Phone Data Seizures of Reporters

But the Justice Department is not commenting on whether a seemingly off-the-cuff remark by President Biden is now a policy directive.

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Giuliani Seeks to Block Review of Evidence From His Phones

Prosecutors investigating Rudolph W. Giuliani’s work in Ukraine have seized his electronic devices, a move his lawyers are now questioning.

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Five in Houston Face Charges in Suspected Case of Human Smuggling

Police officers in Houston responded to a kidnapping tip on Friday and found nearly 100 undocumented people crammed into a house, according to the authorities.

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Court Chides F.B.I., but Re-Approves Warrantless Surveillance Program

Newly disclosed episodes in which analysts improperly searched for data about Americans largely came before changes at the bureau.

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A Louisville Officer Who Shot Breonna Taylor Lands a Book Deal

Plans to publish the book, written by Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, have drawn sharp criticism.

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Kristin Smart Case: A Timeline of Searches and Arrests Over 25 Years

Ms. Smart, 19, was a freshman at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo when she disappeared in 1996. She was declared legally dead in 2002.

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Kristin Smart Case: Two Men Are Arrested in 1996 Disappearance

Ms. Smart was 19 and a college student in San Luis Obispo, Calif., when she vanished while walking to her dorm from an off-campus party.

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Case on Police Violence Reveals Fault Lines at Supreme Court

In a sharp exchange, dissenting conservatives suggested that Chief Justice Roberts warped the law in response to public sentiment.

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Cadaver Dogs Search Property Linked to ‘Prime Suspect’ in Kristin Smart Case

Paul Flores, the last person to see Ms. Smart before her disappearance in May 1996, continues to be the focus of investigators, the authorities said.

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Oregon Man Is Charged With Two Murders Committed Two Decades Apart

Genetic genealogy connected Christopher Lovrien to a 1999 homicide victim, according to the authorities, who said they found the remains of a 2020 homicide victim when they searched his property.

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How One State Managed to Actually Write Rules on Facial Recognition

Massachusetts is one of the first states to put legislative guardrails around the use of facial recognition technology in criminal investigations.

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Man Killed 3 After Early Release, Officials Say

An Oklahoma man whose prison sentence had been commuted cut out and cooked a woman’s heart and tried to feed it to his relatives before killing two of them, the authorities said.

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Supreme Court Weighs Limits of ‘Hot Pursuit’ by Police

The court has said that the police need no warrants to enter the homes of fleeing felons. Does that exception also apply to people suspected of minor crimes?

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Independent Report Is Highly Critical of Colorado Police in Death of Elijah McClain

A panel commissioned by the Aurora City Council also found “serious concerns” with an internal police investigation into the 2019 death of Mr. McClain.

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U.S. Seizes One Million More Counterfeit N95 Masks

Criminal charges are expected in the investigation, which brought the total number of seized masks to more than 11 million, the authorities said.

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Navalny Allies and Offices Targeted in Raids as Kremlin Turns Up Pressure

The authorities appeared to gear up for a new legal strike against the opposition leader after demonstrations last weekend drew tens of thousands to the streets.

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Intelligence Analysts Use U.S. Smartphone Location Data Without Warrants, Memo Says

The disclosure comes amid growing legislative scrutiny of how the government uses commercially available location records.

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Family of Man Killed by Minneapolis Police Say Raid Left Them Shaken

The father of a 23-year-old man killed by Minneapolis police officers learned of his son’s death only after police officers searched his home in the middle of the night.

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Man Sues Police After Being Pepper-Sprayed While Filming Son’s Arrest

An officer involved in the episode, which happened in Keller, Texas, was demoted for misconduct, officials said.

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Lori Lightfoot Apologizes to Social Worker Who Was Handcuffed Naked

Police body-camera footage of a 2019 raid on Anjanette Young’s apartment shows her screaming and crying as she tells the officers that they had the wrong person.

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A State Scientist Questioned Florida’s Virus Data. Now Her Home’s Been Raided.

Rebekah Jones became an unlikely celebrity when she lost her job running the state’s coronavirus data dashboard. Police say a breach at the Department of Health was traced to her computer.

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U.S. Used Patriot Act to Gather Logs of Website Visitors

A disclosure sheds new light on a high-profile national security law as lawmakers prepare to revive a debate over it in the Biden administration.

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Police Body Cameras Cited as ‘Powerful Tool’ Against Stop-and-Frisk Abuses

City police officers who were assigned body cameras documented more stops than officers who did not wear the devices during a yearlong pilot program.

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Offices of Diego Maradona’s Doctor Raided Over His Death

The authorities searched the home and offices of the soccer hero’s doctor as part of an investigation into the circumstances of his death last week.

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Qatar Charges Doha Airport Police Over Strip-Search of Female Passengers

Officials said they had identified the mother of a baby abandoned at the airport, and were seeking to extradite the women in order to charge her with attempted murder.

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Manhunt in Colorado After Remains of 3 People Are Found

The authorities said they had obtained a homicide warrant for Adre Jordan Baroz, who is known by the nickname Psycho, after discovering the remains in a rural hamlet near the New Mexico border.

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Disappearance and Death of Louisiana Teen Raises Questions About Police Response

Quawan Charles was found dead in a field in rural Louisiana days after he had vanished. Now his family is asking whether his death could have been prevented with a faster response.

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The Police Can Probably Break Into Your Phone

At least 2,000 law enforcement agencies have tools to get into encrypted smartphones, according to new research, and they are using them far more than previously known.

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Russian Journalist Sets Herself on Fire and Dies, Blaming Government

The self-immolation by the journalist, Irina Slavina, 47, a longtime Kremlin critic, came a day after the authorities in her hometown of Nizhny Novgorod had searched her apartment.

#federal-security-service, #immolation, #news-and-news-media, #russia, #search-and-seizure

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International Crime Ring That Trafficked in Shark Fins Is Dismantled, U.S. Says

Law enforcement agents documented the harvest of more than six tons of shark fins, officials said.

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Twitter Hack May Have Had Another Mastermind: A 16-Year-Old

On Tuesday, federal agents served a Massachusetts teenager with a search warrant. He appears to have played a significant role in the July 15 Twitter attack, investigators and fellow hackers said.

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Prosecutors Get Ballistics Report in Breonna Taylor Shooting

The Kentucky attorney general called the report a “critical piece” of the case, but he did not say what light it sheds on the fatal police shooting of a 26-year-old Black woman in her home.

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Breonna Taylor’s Life Was Changing. Then the Police Came to Her Door.

An ex-boyfriend’s run-ins with the law entangled her even as she tried to move on. Interviews, documents and jailhouse recordings help explain how she landed in the middle of a deadly drug raid.

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F.B.I. Searches Jake Paul’s California Home

A SWAT team was used to enter the YouTube star’s mansion in Calabasas, northwest of Los Angeles, on Wednesday, an F.B.I. spokeswoman said.

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A Timely Case on Police Violence at the Supreme Court

The justices will hear arguments in October over whether excessive force claims against the police are barred when the people they shoot get away.

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U.K. Police Step Back on Victims’ Data, a Flash Point in Rape Cases

Forms asking for consent to comb devices such as phones and laptops had caused concerns that they would deter people from reporting crimes, particularly in rape and other sex cases.

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Black Forest ‘Rambo’ Eludes German Police 3 Days Into Hunt

A squatter armed with bow and arrow, spear and gun overpowered four officers and fled into the Black Forest on Sunday. Despite a huge search effort, he is still at large.

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Breonna Taylor’s Family Claims She Was Alive After Shooting but Given No Aid

A new court filing says Ms. Taylor, whose death set off protests, received no medical help after she was shot by the police. The coroner asserts that her injuries were so severe she could not have been saved.

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Park Police Head Had Been Accused of Illegal Searches and Unreliable Testimony

The force was centrally involved in the authorities’ use of pepper spray to clear protesters from a park near the White House this month.

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Stepfather of Missing Children Is Arrested After Human Remains Are Found

Chad Daybell, 51, an Idaho man whose former wife died under questionable circumstances, was charged with concealing evidence, the authorities said.

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Just turning your phone on qualifies as searching it, court rules

A close-up of the PIN entry form on a smartphone's unlock screen.

Enlarge / A close-up of the PIN entry form on a smartphone’s unlock screen. (credit: Nehru Sulejmanovski | EyeEm | Getty Images)

Smartphones are a rich data trove not only for marketers but also for law enforcement. Police and federal investigators love to get their hands on all that juicy personal information during an investigation. But thanks to the Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution and all the case law built upon it, police generally need a warrant to search your phone—and that includes just looking at the lock screen, a judge has ruled (PDF).

Usually when the topic of a phone search comes up in court, the question has to do with unlocking. Generally, courts have held that law enforcement can compel you to use your body, such as your fingerprint (or your face), to unlock a phone but that they cannot compel you to share knowledge, such as a PIN. In this recent case, however, the FBI did not unlock the phone. Instead, they only looked at the phone’s lock screen for evidence.

A man from Washington state was arrested in May 2019 and was indicted on several charges related to robbery and assault. The suspect, Joseph Sam, was using an unspecified Motorola smartphone. When he was arrested, he says, one of the officers present hit the power button to bring up the phone’s lock screen. The filing does not say that any officer present attempted to unlock the phone or make the suspect do so at the time.

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Richard Burr Steps Back From Senate Panel as Phone Seized in Stock Sales Inquiry

The move is a major escalation in the investigation into the senator’s sale of stocks that came as President Trump and other Republicans were playing down the threat of the coronavirus.

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The NYPD Arrested 40 People on Social Distancing Violations. 35 Were Black.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said the police had used enforcement authority properly, but other officials expressed concern about tactics similar to unfair “stop and frisk” practices.

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Why Are South Koreans Blaming a Church for the Coronavirus Outbreak?

Prejudice and politics have found the perfect scapegoat.

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