Police back off on plan to take explicit photo of teen
McLEAN, Va. — Police in Virginia on Thursday backed off efforts to take sexually explicit photos of a 17-year-old to prove a sexting case against him. Police and prosecutors faced a wave of criticism following news media reports that they had obtained a warrant to take photos of the teen’s erect penis. Police wanted the […]
Bill would allow holding tax refunds over warrants
A measure in the Maryland House of Delegates would enable the state to withhold tax refunds from people with outstanding warrants.
Supreme Court takes cases on cellphone searches
The Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether police need a warrant to search the cellphones of people they have arrested.
Supreme Court could weigh in on cellphone searches
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court decided 40 years ago that police don’t need a search warrant to look through anything a person is carrying when arrested. But that was long before smartphones gave people the ability to take with them the equivalent of millions of pages of documents or thousands of photographs. In a new […]
Feds execute search at Lumber Liquidators HQ in Virginia
RICHMOND, Va. — Federal authorities on Thursday executed a search warrant at the Virginia headquarters of hardwood flooring retailer Lumber Liquidators. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations spokesman Brandon Montgomery said the warrant was executed at the company’s Toano, Va., headquarters and a Lumber Liquidators business location in suburban Richmo[...]
Baltimore Co. police: Officer shot, killed while serving warrant
A Baltimore County police officer was shot and killed during an exchange of gunfire early Wednesday while serving a search warrant at a Catonsville home, police said. Officer Jason Schneider, 36, was pronounced dead at the University of Maryland Medical Center’s Shock Trauma Center. Late Wednesday, police said the man suspected of shooting Schneider, 25-year-old […]
Court to decide if co-tenant can consent to search after suspect’s objection
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether a tenant who previously objected to a warrantless search of an apartment must be personally present and objecting to prevent a search when police officers later ask a co-tenant for consent to search.
Police officer sentenced for misconduct
A former Baltimore City police officer will serve three years probation for providing false information in order to secure a search and seizure warrant. Dennis Workley was sentenced Monday for misconduct in office. He was given a one year prison sentence, but the judge suspended that sentence and gave him three years of supervised probation. […]
Another mistrial declared in warrantless-GPS case
WASHINGTON — A federal judge declared a mistrial Monday in the case of a D.C. nightclub owner charged with drug conspiracy — 2 ½ years after his previous conviction was tossed out because police used a global positioning device to track him without a warrant. U.S. District Court Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle declared the mistrial […]
Md. authorities try to serve warrant on elusive teacher
GLEN BURNIE — Anne Arundel County authorities have been trying for three months to serve a warrant on a Glen Burnie teacher accused of stealing from a community charity. Police encountered Pamela Fowler last month when she was issued 12 traffic citations. But for some reason, the warrant wasn’t detected. The officer didn’t realize sheriff’s […]
Prince George’s jury awards $5.6M in warrant snafu
A jury has awarded damages of $5.6 million to a disc jockey who was arrested and jailed in 2009 after the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Department mistakenly entered a warrant against him into the National Criminal Information System database. The jury reached its verdict Thursday in Prince George’s County Circuit Court. It deliberated for roughly […]
Court to weigh lawyers’ rights to driving records
The Supreme Court has stepped into a dispute over whether lawyers can obtain personal information from driver license records to recruit clients for lawsuits, despite a federal privacy law intended to shield motor vehicle records.