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RIP Justice Scalia

The lion of the U.S. Supreme Court passed away on on February 13, 2016. While I did not always agree with his opinions, particularly his often caustic dissents on “social” issues, he nonetheless was a vocal participant who was driven by his passion and he is deserving of condolences. Without a doubt Justice Scalia was a strident defender […]

New Mexico posed to enact curfew law allowing cities to criminalize behavior that is not unlawful if committed by adults

There are several anti-crime bills being discussed for the upcoming state legislative session, one of which is legislation that would permit municipalities to enact ordinances that authorize criminal sanctions for youth violating a curfew. The New Mexico Supreme Court addressed a challenge to an ordinance the City of Albuquerque had in a 1999 decision, concluding “that the […]

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It’s Illegal for Police to Use Drug Sniffing Dogs in Routine Traffic Stops – SCOTUS

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a 6-3 ruling on April 21, 2015, holding that the police are not permitted to detain a suspect for driving on the shoulder of the road, for even 10 minutes, or otherwise prolong a traffic stop to wait for drug-sniffing dogs to inspect vehicles. “A police stop exceeding the time needed to handle the matter […]

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