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Law Enforcement’s Use of Cell Phone Tracker Device Fuels Constitutional Debate

By JENNIFER VALENTINO-DEVRIES
Wall Street Journal

For more than a year, federal authorities pursued a man they called simply “the Hacker.” Only after using a little known cellphone-tracking device—a stingray—were they able to zero in on a California home and make the arrest.

Stingrays are designed to locate a mobile phone even when it’s not being used to make a call. The Federal Bureau of Investigation considers the devices to be so critical that it has a policy of deleting the data gathered in their use, mainly to keep suspects in the dark about their capabilities, an FBI official told The Wall Street Journal in response to inquiries.

A stingray’s role in nabbing the alleged “Hacker”—Daniel David Rigmaiden—is shaping up as a possible test of the legal standards for using these devices in investigations.

The FBI says it obtains appropriate court approval to use the device. Stingrays are one of several new technologies used by law enforcement to track people’s locations, often without a search warrant. These techniques are driving a constitutional debate about whether the Fourth Amendment, which prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures, but which was written before the digital age, is keeping pace with the times.

To read more click here.

 

Weekend Series on Law Enforcement History: Nixon and Atty. Gen. Mitchell Talk About Hoover and Daniel Ellsberg

Georgia May Have Killed More than Troy Davis

Troy Davis

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

No one can defend a convicted cop killer. That’s easy to say.

But they can if there’s a question as to whether the person killed the cop, and if the state has decided to execute that person with so much evidence in doubt.

At 11:08 p.m. Wednesday night, the  state of Georgia executed Troy Davis, who was convicted in 1991 of killing Georgia cop Mark MacPhail, who was working as a security guard at the time of shooting. Several witnesses have recanted key testimony. The evidence is thin.

The Pope had weighed in on the matter. He had asked the state of Georgia to reconsider. So did folks like ex-FBI Director William Sessions, who had serious doubts about the case.

This isn’t a pro or anti-death penalty issue.  It’s not a conservative or liberal issue — at least not the way I see it.

It’s really an issue of whether our justice system has a conscience, whether it cares if it puts someone to death when so much evidence is in question.

The Supreme Court rejected a last minute bid to halt the execution. So did the Georgia pardons board.

Georgia may have just killed one guy, Troy Davis, who may or may not have killed the officer.

It also killed the faith some had in our system.

I’d love to hear your opinion. Send any comments to lengela@ticklethewire.com or feel free to post a comment below.

Number 2 at NY U.S. Atty. Office Leaving; Was Once Considered to Lead DEA

Boyd Johnson III/doj photo

 
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Boyd M. Johnson III, the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s number 2 person, whose name had surfaced in 2009 as a contender to fill DEA’s top spot, is leaving government to join a private law firm, Globe Newswire reported.

Johnson plans to join the firm of WilmerHale in New York as a partner.

The New York Times reports that he will be replaced by Richard B. Zabel, who has run the office’s criminal division over the past two years.

Johnson, who had served in the number two spot since U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara was appointed in 2009. He has overseen a number of major criminal prosecutions including the Bernie Madoff and Eliot Spitzer cases.

In 2009, his name was among of handful of candidates being mentioned for the director spot at DEA. The White House eventually went with Michele Leonhart, who had been the acting director for years.

 

FBI Probing Arabic Writing on Dozens of Southwest Airline Planes

http://youtu.be/lhgYDt8RuCg

Computer Hackers Indicted in Calif., Ariz. and Ohio

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Some have been called criminals and troublemakers, some freedom fighters and political activists. Now, three can assuredly be called indicted.

Two computer hackers affiliated with the hacking collectives LulzSec and Anonymous have been arrested by the FBI, reports Fox News.

Cody Kretsinger, 23, was charged in Phoenix with conspiracy and the unauthorized impairment of a protected computer. Christopher Doyon, 47, was charged in Mountain View, Calif. with conspiracy to cause intentional damage to a protected computer, causing intentional damage to a protected computer and aiding and abetting. Joshua Covelli, a 26-year-old in Fairborn, Ohio, was charged with the same.

According to Fox, the indictments allege that Doyon and Covelli participated in a “distributed denial of service” attack on the computer servers of Santa Cruz County, Calif. in 2010 as part of the People’s Liberation Front, a hacking group associated with Anonymous. The attack took the county computers offline.

Kretsinger is believed to have taken part in the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment using a hacking technique called SQL injection to obtain confidential information from Sony, according to Fox. He is then alleged to have distributed the stolen information on the LulzSec site and on Twitter.

To read more click here.

FBI-LAPD Homicide Operation Chalking Up Dozens of Arrests

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A joint FBI-Los Angles Police operation aimed a cutting a backlog of gang-related killings is showing some results, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The paper reports that the joint operation, which began in July 1 and ends Sept. 30, has resulted in 43 homicide arrests.

And the paper reported that the effort has just resulted in 11 new murder charges being filed.

Veteran LAPD Det. Sal LaBarbera said he expects the operation to clear more cases in the next 10 days before the Sept. 30 deadline.

 

Column: Georgia May Have Killed More than Troy Davis


Allan Lengel

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

No one can defend a convicted cop killer. That’s easy to say.

But they can if there’s a question as to whether the person killed the cop, and if the state has decided to execute that person with so much evidence in doubt.

At 11:08 p.m. Wednesday night, the  state of Georgia executed Troy Davis, who was convicted in 1991 of killing Georgia cop Mark MacPhail, who was working as a security guard at the time of shooting. Several witnesses have recanted key testimony. The evidence is thin.

The Pope had weighed in on the matter. He had asked the state of Georgia to reconsider. So did folks like ex-FBI Director William Sessions, who had serious doubts about the case.

This isn’t a pro or anti-death penalty issue.  It’s not a conservative or liberal issue — at least not the way I see it.

It’s really an issue of whether our justice system has a conscience, whether it cares if it puts someone to death when so much evidence is in question.

The Supreme Court rejected a last minute bid to halt the execution. So did the Georgia pardons board.

Georgia may have just killed one guy, Troy Davis, who may or may not have killed the officer.

It also killed the faith some had in our system.

I’d love to hear your opinion. Send any comments to lengela@ticklethewire.com or feel free to post a comment below in the comment section.

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