Calls for greater independence of the FBI in the wake of concerns about the Trump investigation are misguided, says a University of Louisville law professor. He argues those who worry about presidential interference should support creating a separate federal crime agency while keeping its counterintelligence functions answerable to the president.
An investigation led by Human Rights Watch reveals that US federal law enforcement regularly conceals how evidence is obtained, sometimes illegally, through a common practice called “parallel construction.”
By Dec. 31, Congress must decide whether to overhaul a controversial surveillance program that collects Americans’ emails, phone calls and texts without a warrant. “This law is supposed to be a tool to fight terrorist threats overseas,” says Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. “Instead it’s being used as an end-run around the Constitution.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has sanctioned the use of civil asset forfeiture by law enforcement, despite bipartisan political opposition to the controversial practice. New Mexico and Nebraska have taken the lead by banning it. Will others follow?
Sixty men and women volunteered when Judge Sam Benningfield offered 30 days off the sentence of White County jail inmates willing to undergo a vasectomy or birth control implant. The offer was rescinded when the world caught wind.
The 2015 decision concerned church-related signage, but its free speech underpinnings have made it the case-law basis for successful court challenges of local panhandling laws across the country. “It’s an unanticipated consequence,” said an Ohio city attorney.
The device, still in development, would allow a police officer to quickly check whether a cellphone had been in use before a crash. A civil liberties advocate called the technology “incredibly problematic.”