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Government Must Get Warrant for GPS for Car, Appeals Court Rules

By Andrea Peterson
Washington Post

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court in Philadelphia ruled Tuesday that the government must obtain a warrant to attach a GPS unit to a car.

The case involved alleged pharmacy burglaries in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland: the authorities suspected a trio of brothers and slapped a magnetic GPS unit to one of their vehicles after consulting the U.S. Attorney’s office — but without obtaining a warrant. Using the evidence gathered from the device, the vehicle was tracked to a recently burglarized RiteAid. Police stopped the brothers shortly afterward, and a search allegedly revealed items from the RiteAid.

In the resulting case, U.S. v. Katzin, the brothers argued that the evidence obtained as a result of the GPS unit should be inadmissible because the police had not obtained a warrant.

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Survey: Majority of Americans Support Legalizing Marijuana for First Time

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A recent survey found for the first time that a majority of Americans favor legalizing marijuana, Gallup reports.

Gallup found that 58% of Americans support making pot legal – a major increase since 2005, when only 35% of the population favored legalization.

The changing attitudes were seen over the past year in Washington and Colorado, where voters approved legalizing marijuana.

“Whatever the reasons for Americans’ greater acceptance of marijuana, it is likely that this momentum will spur further legalization efforts across the United States,” Gallup writer Art Swift wrote. “Advocates of legalizing marijuana say taxing and regulating the drug could be financially beneficial to states and municipalities nationwide. But detractors such as law enforcement and substance abuse professionals have cited health risks including an increased heart rate, and respiratory and memory problems.”

Ex-Secret Service Agent: Obama’s Staff Partied Hard During Overseas Trips

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The White House staff likes to party.

So says former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino in an upcoming book, “Life Inside the Bubble,” the Baltimore Sun reports.

“The only bad behavior I ever witnessed at these events was by intoxicated White House staff,” Dan Bongino, who is running for office in Maryland’s 6th Congressional District.

Bongino wrote that White House staff often got drunk during overseas trips.

AG: New Strategies Needed to Respond to Active Shooter Situations

Holder speaks in Philadelphia/doj photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

As police increasingly respond to “active shooter” situations, Attorney General Eric Holder said new strategies must be developed to limit the death toll, CNN reports.

Speaking at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference in Philadelphia, Holder said mass shootings are on the rise.

“Although research methods and results vary, it’s become clear that new strategies — and aggressive national response protocols — must be employed to stop shooters in their tracks,” Holder told the police chiefs, CNN reported.

Recent research, Holder said, indicates “an immediate, aggressive response to active shooters” is needed.

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Top Drug Dealer on Silk Road Website Became Informant After He Was Busted

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

One of the top drug dealers on the illicit website Silk Road became an informant after he was busted selling drugs, The Smoking Gun reports.

Steven Sadler, known as “Nod” on Silk Road, sold high-quality heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine, feds say.

TSG reported that he was busted July 31 and “began cooperating, working for the government for the past two months.”

Prosecutors didn’t seek detention for Sadler after he was arrested.

The site’s alleged mastermind, Ross Ulbricht, has been charged.

New FBI Director Comey Warns of Impact of Impending Budget Cuts

FBI photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Speaking for the first time publicly about the budget challenges, new FBI Director James Comey said it will become increasingly difficult to fight crime because of the spending cuts, CBS Philly reports.

Congressional spending cuts may have catastrophic consequences for the FBI as it faces more pressure to fight violent crime and terrorism, Comey said during an International Chiefs of Police Conference.

“I’m required to cut 3,500 positions, to cut my operations to the bone, to do things like ration gas money and to stare at the prospect of sending my folks home for an extended period,” FBI Director James Comey said. He continued, “I don’t think folks understand the impact on the FBI, the other members of the justice family.”

FBI Names New Special Agent in Charge of Detroit Office

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Detroit’s FBI division has a new leader.

Paul M. Abbate, who has a background in counterterrorism, will replace Robert Foley, who announced plans to step down in August after a year on the job. The appointment was first reported by ticklethewire.com and Deadline Detroit.

Fox 2 reports that Abbate most recently was a special agent heading up the Counterterrorism Division in the Washington Field Office, where he supervised the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Abbate’s career began in 1996. Since then, he’s worked in Afghanistan, Iraq, New York, Los Angeles and New Jersey, Fox 2 reported.

 

Was ‘Hero’ ATF Agent Too Cold After Shooting a Bronx Weapons Dealer?

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

An ATF agent hailed as a hero for fatally shooting a Bronx weapons dealer is suing the federal agency because he was taken off full duty after the incident, the New York Post reports.

Adam Bruzzese, of Long Island, said his bosses at ATF were convinced something was wrong with him because they believed he didn’t show enough emotional reaction.

“Although Mr. Bruzzese appreciated the gravity of the on-the-job shooting, he did not experience any psychological, psychosomatic or emotional difficulties and he was willing and able to return to work immediately,” the suit states.

But a boss “questioned Mr. Bruzzese’s mental and emotional stability because Mr. Bruzzese did not seek further counseling, did not take time off from work and was supposedly not acknowledging the seriousness of the incident,” the suit says.

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