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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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Groups appeal for release of police license plate scans

Advocacy groups have appealed ruling that denied access to police records of license plate scans in LA, saying they are crucial to understanding the scope of government surveillance - Full Story

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Fla. high court puts limits on police phone tracking

In a sweeping ruling, court said Thursday that police in the state have no right to use a cellphone to track someone's movements without a warrant - Full Story

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US panel to hear appeal on NY stop-and-frisk case

City's police unions are arguing they should be able to continue to appeal a federal judge's ruling that the NYPD's stop-and-frisk policy violated civil rights - Full Story

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NY Occupy activist acquitted of obstructing police

After being convicted of assaulting a police officer, the protester was cleared of charges from another police confrontation - Full Story

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Mass. officer cleared in fatal traffic stop shooting

U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf found that the shooting was justified to protect the public's safety - Full Story

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Charges dropped against Fla. woman fleeing when TASERed

Viola Young was arrested last month for resisting and obstructing an officer without violence - Full Story

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Truck driver who killed Ill. trooper gets probation

Truck driver who killed Ill. trooper gets probation

Johnny B. Felton Jr., 54, of Hinesville, Ga., was sentenced to 2 1/2 years of probation after pleading guilty - Full Story

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Same-sex benefits left off Dallas police-fire pension ballot

Police, fire and EMS who want pension benefits for same-sex partners will have to wait longer - Full Story

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Jury deadlocked, mistrial declared in Detroit raid case

Jury deadlocked, mistrial declared in Detroit raid case

The jury indicated it was struggling to reach a unanimous decision in the case against Joseph Weekley for a second time - Full Story

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Court mulls secrecy of national security letters

the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals will consider whether the "gag order" that comes with the thousands of national security letters the FBI sends annually is a constitutional violation of free speech rights - Full Story



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