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Can the “private search” doctrine serve as an exception to the federal and State of New Jersey constitutional requirement that a warrant issue in advance of a search of a private home? The Supreme Court of New Jersey’s decision in State of New Jersey v. Ricky Wright (May 19, 2015)

USA - June 1 2015 The “private search doctrine” is a semi-obscure corner of Fourth Amendment jurisprudence. At its base, the doctrine addresses instances in which a…

Can you receive a term of life imprisonment for forcing someone to accompany you to a different room in their own house?

USA - January 14 2015 18 U.S.C. 2113 (e) has a long and venerable history, even by the storied standards of the federal Criminal Code. It was originally enacted in 1934 in…

The Supreme Court of New Jersey Clarifies “Plain View” Seizures (Sort of): State v. Gonzales

USA - November 15 2016 “(P)lain view” seizures were recognized by the United States Supreme Court in Coolidge v. New Hampshire, 403 U.S. 443 (1971). The doctrine is true to…

High tech squares off with the Fourth Amendment, round three: the Pittsburgh "Moocherhunter" case

USA - November 29 2012 Have you ever "borrowed" access to someone else's Wi-Fi network?

Another Swiss bank pleads guilty and is fined: can the wave of tax prosecutions be far behind?

USA - March 11 2013 This past Monday, Wegelin & Co, said to be Switzerland's oldest private bank, was ordered by a federal judge in New York to pay a fine of $74 million…