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- Police Misconduct in New Jersey
Police misconduct is a major issue across the nation. Major cases have recently shed a nationwide light on this problem. Police brutality in New Jersey is just as much of an issue as it is elsewhere.
- Same-Sex Family Law Matters
Many New Jersey LGBTQ couples consider 2013 to be a landmark year. In that year, a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was overturned, and New Jersey recognized the right for same-sex couples to marry.
- EEOC Shows Harassment Still an Issue
In today’s day and age, it is easy to assume that many of the hot button issues of days past have come and gone. The same jokes used in Hollywood films years ago are no longer regarded as funny, and each day women have more career and educational opportunities.
- EEOC LGBT Cases in the News
Currently, Title VII prohibits employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of sex, but does not explicitly cover sexual orientation or transgender status. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has taken a continuously expansive view of Title VII, aggressively enforcing violations of all types of sex discrimination.
- Court Ruling Strengthens Protections Against Cell Phone Tracking
A judge from the federal district of southern New York has decided to invalidate evidence obtained through the use of a cell phone tracking device. This decision may serve to clarify rules about when it is appropriate to use such technology with and without a warrant.
- Implied Consent Blood Test Rejected by United States Supreme Court
Many states require blood testing to determine blood alcohol levels for determination of impaired driving. When a person refuses to be tested, these states criminalize these actions. The United States Supreme Court has addressed this issue.
- Anonymous Call and Support for Traffic Stop Regarding DUI
Cell phone use has made life simpler for drivers and passengers when it involves road issues. When another driver appears to be under the influence of alcohol, it is easier than ever to make an anonymous call to report the person. However, in many instances, the caller wants to remain anonymous for fear of being part of the trial as a witness or having to make a statement to police.
- How a Defendant’s Grand Jury Testimony Can Be Used at Trial
Anything that a defendant says has the potential to be used against him or her in a criminal trial. This includes the testimony that he or she provides during grand jury testimony. The criminal defense lawyer representing the defendant should remain cognizant of this possibility and take proactive steps to protect the defendant’s legal rights.
- A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: New North Carolina Law Regarding Body and Dash Cam Footage
In North Carolina, footage from a law enforcement officer’s body or dashboard cameras is not considered a public record or personnel record according to a recently passed law that goes into effect October 1. North Carolina joins five other states—Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Oregon, and South Carolina— in making this determination.
- Supreme Court Addresses Breathalyzer Tests
The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that a North Dakota DUI law making it a crime to refuse a “deep-lung” breath test is unconstitutional.