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SCOTUS Taking Up Cellphone Tower Case

High court will consider whether police need warrants

(Newser) - In a new case about digital age technology and privacy, the Supreme Court will consider whether police need warrants to review cellphone tower records that help them track the location of criminal suspects, the AP reports. The justices agreed Monday to hear an appeal from Timothy Carpenter, who was sentenced... More »

How to Clear NYC's 1.2M Warrant Backlog: Amnesty

NYPD commish floats idea to resolve wave of old, minor infractions

(Newser) - New York City has 1.2 million open warrants like Sheila Beasley's—she was issued a summons in 2008 over an unleashed dog, then arrested three years later, for which she's now suing—affecting people who risk arrest for sometimes decades-old low-level infractions such as drinking in public... More »

NFL Star Adrian Peterson Accused of Child Abuse

Vikings player indicted for 'injury to a child'; he calls it a spanking

(Newser) - More trouble for the NFL. Star running back Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings has been indicted on child abuse charges involving his 4-year-old son, reports MyFox Houston . In a statement, the player's attorney says the incident involves Peterson "using a switch to spank his son" and says... More »

IRS Might Be Peeking at Emails Without Warrants

ACLU calls for a clear explanation of policy

(Newser) - It's probably not wise to talk about all your deep, dark tax-dodging secrets via email, but if you do, know that the IRS might be poking into them without a warrant. So says the ACLU, which complains that it can't get a straight answer from the agency about... More »

Supreme Court Sides With Cops in Warrantless Search

In an 8-1 vote, they rule it was OK to enter apartment based on smell

(Newser) - The Supreme Court has ruled against a Kentucky man who was arrested after police burst into his apartment without a search warrant because they smelled marijuana. The justices, by an 8-1 vote today, reversed a Kentucky Supreme Court ruling that threw out the evidence gathered when officers entered Hollis King'... More »

Prosecutor Wants to Detain Assange

WikiLeaks founder wanted for questioning in Swedish rape case

(Newser) - A Swedish prosecutor has asked a court for an order to detain Julian Assange for questioning on suspicions of rape, sexual molestation, and unlawful coercion. The prosecutor says she’s asked for the order because investigators haven’t been able to bring the WikiLeaks founder in for an interrogation. Assange... More »

US Blocks Flight From Paris, Passenger Busted

Aero Mexico flight diverted to Montreal

(Newser) - A passenger wanted in the US was arrested after a flight from Paris en route to Mexico was denied access to American airspace and diverted to Canada. The Aero Mexico flight landed in Montreal, where the man was removed and placed under arrest. The remaining passengers were re-screened and allowed... More »

Cops Probe Garrido Link to Murdered Hookers

Victims found close to alleged workplace of Dugard suspect

(Newser) - Police obtained a warrant today to search the Pittsburgh, Calif., house of Jaycee Dugard's alleged kidnapper in connection with the murders of several prostitutes in the 1990s, the Los Angeles Times reports. Garrido allegedly worked at an industrial site near where the victims’ bodies were found. He also served time... More »

Cops Searched Kidnapper's House, Found Nothing

Garrido kept his dark secret despite multiple brushes with the law

(Newser) - Phillip Garrido had several brushes with the law during the 18 years that police say he held Jaycee Lee Dugard and their two children captive in his backyard, but managed to keep his ugly secret, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Last July, a multi-agency police task force searched Garrido's home... More »

Jacko Doc Will Face Manslaughter: Fox Source

Dermatologist will also be charged: law enforcement

(Newser) - Michael Jackson doctor Conrad Murray will be charged with manslaughter in the next two weeks, a law enforcement source tells Fox News. Authorities want to carry out a final search warrant next week, probably at a Los Angeles pharmacy, to build evidence against Murray before they make an arrest. Jackson’... More »

LiLo Blames Warrant on Paparazzi

Lawyer going alone to clear up warrant 'misunderstanding'

(Newser) - Sorry, LiLo stalkers: Lindsay Lohan’s lawyer is meeting with a judge today, but “Lindsay won’t be in court with me,” he tells the New York Daily News, adding that her arrest warrant stemmed from a “misunderstanding which I am confident I can clear up.”... More »

Warrant Out for Convict in Levy Killing

(Newser) - A Salvadoran immigrant in prison for attacking two women joggers in the park where Chandra Levy's remains were found is named in an arrest warrant issued today in connection with her death. Investigators questioned Ingmar Guandique—now in federal prison in Adelanto, Calif.—in 2002 about Levy's slaying after... More »

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