26 Alerts From the FOURTH AMENDMENT Tag


The Tale of Two Cities on Police Reform: oos E-Newsletter #441

Generally the time when most of us encounter the police is during a traffic stop, which can be one of the most stressful times for both the motorist and an officer in blue. In recent years, law enforcement has been under fire due to escalation during traffic stops and other public encounters. Many cities across […]

Is Distracted Driving the new Drunk Driving? Part 2: oos E-Newsletter #434

Part 1 dealt with how distracted driving enforcement campaigns, fueled by federal highway money, are also dragnets for other offenses. Part 2 examines new law enforcement tools to check on texting while driving. Currently, law enforcement has great difficulty in determining if a driver was using electronic devices before a crash (and more importantly whether […]

An Expectation of Privacy: oos E-Newsletter #432

Earlier this month, the Florida Appeals Court in a 2-1 decision found in the 2013 Palm Beach County DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide case involving Charles Worsham Jr that the Fourth Amendment affords an expectation of privacy for vehicle electronic data recorders (EDRs), aka black boxes. Similar to an airplane black box, a vehicle’s EDR […]

DUI Laws Update Part 1: Location-Tracking Ignition Systems: oos E-Newsletter #424

If you are one of 11,000 convicted drunk drivers in Minnesota, your car whereabouts are currently known through GPS tracking. Apparently, Department of Public Safety (DPS) officials had implemented a GPS location-tracking for interlock ignition systems without the backing of the state legislature. Representative Peggy Scott (R-Andover) says that when the legislature passed the interlock […]

DUID—Driving under the influence of Drugs just took a Turn: oos E-Newsletter #394

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed into law last month a plan that allows state police to implement one of the most invasive methods of drug testing in the country all in the name of a pilot program:  saliva swab tests. Michigan drivers from 5 counties (yet to be determined) will be the experimental rats so […]