Category: Government Misconduct

By Scott Limmer

An attorneys blog about criminal law and procedure, college discipline, Title IX and cases of Interest

Have NYC Prosecutors Misused Material Witness Warrants?

Have New York City district attorneys misused material witness warrants, using them not for their proper purpose – producing testimony by a reluctant witness who has knowledge useful in prosecuting a crime but who’s not suspected of wrongdoing – instead to hold suspects for several days of questioning, without legally required safeguards? That was a […]

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Body Searches of High Schoolers Bring Indictments for Sheriff, Deputies

Warrantless Body Searches Leave Teens Traumatized A warrantless drug search of all 900 students at a southern Georgia high school has brought a multi-million-dollar court settlement to be paid to the students, and a grand jury indictment for the county sheriff and two deputies. Early one mid-April morning, the students and staff of Worth County […]

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Pardoned by President, Sheriff Arpaio Wants Conviction Tossed

Donald Trump’s first presidential pardon went on August 25 to Joe Arpaio, the long-time Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, first elected in 1992 to head Arizona’s biggest local law agency  and re-elected five times, before losing a sixth re-election bid last year. Arpaio received a “full and unconditional” pardon for his July 31 conviction on […]

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New California Law Could Send Misbehaving Prosecutors to Prison

Prosecutors Who Falsify or Withhold Evidence Now Face Felony Risk Last year Governor Jerry Brown (D) signed into law a measure making it a felony for a prosecutor in California knowingly to falsify or withhold evidence. Other state laws already made falsifying or withholding evidence a misdemeanor for members of the general public, and a […]

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