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Month: November 2015

Community Caretaker or Criminal Investigator? When Can Police Officers Search A Vehicle without Suspicion of Criminal Activity?

Ordinarily, when a police officer seeks to enter a person's vehicle without their permission, they need to have some reasonable suspicion that its occupants have engaged in criminal activity. One exception to this rule is the "community care-taker" exception. This...

Florida Appellate Court Upholds 45 Year Sentence for Juvenile Offender

Earlier this week, the First District Court of Appeal denied a juvenile offender's request for the court to remand his 45 year term for a non-homicide crime for resentencing, which he contended violated the Eighth Amendment's ban on cruel and unusual punishment. The...