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Criminal Justice News This Week (week of 12-23-19)

Can You Hear Me Now? “Prison officials tout video visitation’s convenience. Families say they’re paying high rates for second-rate service"

The Unforeseen Dangers of a Device That Curbs Drunken Driving. "Ignition interlock devices are becoming ubiquitous. They can distract drivers and cause crashes."

In a first, appeals court raises privacy questions over government searches for Americans’ emails. "The government’s warrantless collection of emails and other Internet data for national security purposes is lawful, but searching that information for Americans’ communications raises constitutional privacy questions, a federal appeals court in New York ruled Wednesday."

Illinois Man Alleges Police Illegally Forced Him To Undergo Rectal Exam. "A federal civil rights lawsuit alleges that police in the village of Oak Lawn, a Chicago suburb, violated a man’s constitutional rights by performing illegal searches of his vehicle and person, including strip-searching him and ordering a doctor to perform a digital rectal exam on him."

Takeaways from 2019 Crime Data in Major American Cities. “Data shows crime continuing to decline in key cities, with isolated trouble spots.”

Profane Lawyer Could Face Profound Problems. "Ethics experts weigh in on the case of Christopher Hook, who told his opposing counsel at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton to 'eat a bowl of dicks.' Meanwhile, he's hired outside counsel."

Demonizing Defense Lawyers Threatens The Quality Of American Justice. “Criminal defense lawyers have long been demonized for representing unpopular clients. But two high-profile sexual assault prosecutions have exacerbated the public’s disdain, to the extent that a widespread misapprehension has emerged—namely, that criminal defense lawyers, in defending those the public has deemed indefensible, somehow become complicit in their clients’ alleged transgressions, or somehow take on whatever moral failings their clients may have.”

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