Jul 10, 2014

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 […]

Feb 25, 2014

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.

Jan 17, 2014

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.

Jan 16, 2014

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 […]

Sep 26, 2013

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[...]

Aug 28, 2013

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 […]

May 20, 2013

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.

May 20, 2013

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. […]

Mar 4, 2013

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 […]

Feb 6, 2013

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 […]

Oct 28, 2012

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 […]

Sep 25, 2012

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.

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