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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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Police ready new procedures after court's cellphone search ruling

Police ready new procedures after court's cellphone search ruling

Officers are being briefed during roll calls, new procedures are in place, and prosecutors are considering the effect on potentially thousands of pending court cases - Full Story

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NJ gov. signs bill capping police, fire raises

The cap prevents police or fire unions that settle contract disputes in arbitration from winning raises of more than 2 percent - Full Story

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Okla. death row inmates seek to halt executions

Okla. death row inmates seek to halt executions

Lawsuit seeks to halt any attempt to execute inmates using the state's current lethal injection protocols - Full Story

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No criminal charges for Fla. cop in viral takedown of boy

Prosecutors said the action taken controlled the juvenile and was not done with malicious intent - Full Story

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5 ways defense attorneys try to trip up cops (and how to beat them)

5 ways defense attorneys try to trip up cops (and how to beat them)

Cops are frustrated to learn that defense attorneys have no obligation to the truth in defense of their clients, but take solace in the fact that it frustrates an attorney when they're unable to rattle you. - Full Story

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The Court's decision on cell phone searches: 3 things cops need to know Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief - 10-43: Be Advised...

The Court's decision on cell phone searches: 3 things cops need to know

The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that with the exception of some emergency circumstances, police must obtain a warrant before searching the contents of a cell phone seized from someone who has been arrested - Full Story

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SC town strips mayor of powers, rehires lesbian chief he fired

SC town strips mayor of powers, rehires lesbian chief he fired

Town residents have rallied in support of Crystal Moore since her abrupt firing by Mayor Earl Bullard earlier this year - Full Story

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Supreme Court: Warrant required to search cell phones

Supreme Court: Warrant required to search cell phones

Unanimous Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that police may not generally search the cellphones of people they arrest without first getting search warrants - Full Story

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5 ways defense attorneys try to trip up cops (and how to beat them) Val Van Brocklin - Cop Gumbo

5 ways defense attorneys try to trip up cops (and how to beat them)

Cops are frustrated to learn that defense attorneys have no obligation to the truth in defense of their clients, but take solace in the fact that it frustrates an attorney when they’re unable to rattle you - Full Story

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Jurors' social media posts a growing threat to fair trials

Judges and lawyers are increasingly on guard against the status update that could sink a case - Full Story



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