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From the Supreme Court on down to the county courthouse, police law and decisions affecting law enforcement change on a daily basis. The Legal topic page on PoliceOne is a must-read for any officer, at any agency, who wants to stay up-to-date on the latest news. Every trial, verdict, and court decision that has to do with cops will be covered on this page, which also features expert analysis.
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Calif. bill would create statewide standards for police body cams

AB 66 would create a task force "to create a comprehensive policy and best practices manual to be used by state and local law enforcement agencies" - Full Story

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Colo. theater shooter's parents plead for his life

Colo. theater shooter's parents plead for his life

The statement released by Robert and Arlene Holmes emphasized a key legal issue in the tortured history of the case — James Holmes' mental state - Full Story

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Lawsuit shows resistance to legalization of pot

A lawsuit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma shows that at least two segments of American society are prepared to fight - Full Story

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Fatal SXSW crash by man fleeing police brings first wave of lawsuits

Fatal SXSW crash by man fleeing police brings first wave of lawsuits

Suspect gunned his gray Honda Civic through a barricade after an officer on a drunken-driving patrol tried stopping the car - Full Story

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Mom driving van of kids pleads not guilty in NM pursuit

Tenn. woman has pleaded not guilty in a chaotic 2013 traffic stop during which an officer shot at her minivan - Full Story

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Ohio high court upholds traffic camera enforcement

Divided court on Thursday again upheld use of traffic camera enforcement by the state's municipalities, reversing a lower court after a year of legal setbacks - Full Story

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NY woman sues police for not arresting son

Woman says her 29-year-old son died in a drunken driving crash because police decided not to arrest him on DWI charges earlier that night - Full Story

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10 of the biggest criminals put behind bars in 2014

We owe law enforcement a big thank you for ridding the streets of these most violent offenders this year - Full Story

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Families of Newtown victims sue rifle manufacturer

Families of Newtown victims sue rifle manufacturer

Families filed a lawsuit Monday against the manufacturer, distributor and seller of the rifle used in the shooting - Full Story

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Court: Traffic stop OK despite mistake of law

Supreme Court says police are justified in making a traffic stop even if it turns out the officers are mistaken in thinking the driver broke the law - Full Story



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