Cops Can’t Force Phones Unlocked With Face and Fingerprints

In a landmark ruling, a federal district court judge in Northern California ruled that police cannot force people to use biometrics to unlock their phones without a specific warrant. As technology advances, some are worried about their invasion of privacy, both civilly and criminally. Though this ruling has limited jurisdiction, it is the first of …

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Teen Faces Murder Charge After Egg-Throwing Prank Leads to Deadly Crash

On Tuesday afternoon, a 14-year-old driver plowed an SUV containing two other juveniles through a red light in Houston, colliding with a pickup truck driven by Silvia Zavala. Zavala was killed in the crash, and the teens claim they were fleeing a man who brandished a semiautomatic handgun at them, after they threw eggs at …

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Admitted Child Sex Abuser Walks Free Because DA Shows Up to Court Drunk

In a bizarre twist, a charged child sex abuser walked free after the prosecuting attorney showed up drunk to the plea hearing, and then forgot to file for a continuance. Based on the snafu, charges against the defendant were dismissed because he wasn’t afforded a speedy trial. Now that prosecuting attorney is out of job, …

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Can You Be Charged With Homicide If You Didn’t Kill Anyone?

Darius Jacob Taylor wasn’t even in the same state when Wesley Burnett was shot and killed. And yet Pennsylvania prosecutors charged Taylor with criminal homicide. Under the felony murder rule, anyone who participates in a dangerous felony can be charged with homicide if the crime results in a killing. Burglars have even been given life …

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Top 5 Questions About Federal Criminal Investigations

If you’re charged with a crime, chances are it’s a violation of a local ordinance or state statute. But every now and then, if a crime is committed on federal land, a criminal enterprise spans multiple states, or you’re involved in federal campaign shenanigans, you may be facing federal criminal charges. Those charges and investigations …

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What Are ‘Wobbler’ DUIs and Why Should You Care?

A “wobbler,” in criminal procedure parlance, is a crime that can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. That discretion is normally left up to prosecutors, although in some states judges may reduce felonies to misdemeanors under certain circumstances. When it comes to DUIs, most drunk driving offenses are misdemeanors but may be …

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