January 2012 Archives

United States Supreme Court on GPS Tracking Devices

On January 23, 2012 the Supreme Court rule unanimously that police must get a search warrant before using a GPS device to track criminal suspects. Justice Scalia wrote the opinion for this case which involved Washington D.C. drug kingpin, Antoine Jones. Jones was partially convicted because the police installed a GPS device and tracked his movements on public roads for 28 days. Installing a GPS device on a suspect's vehicle to monitor movements now constitutes a "search" under 4th Amendment protection for unreasonable searches and seizures. The justices affirmed a panel from the US Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. The panel held that evidence of Jones's frequent trips to a house that had nearly $1 million in cash and drugs had to be thrown out.

United States Supreme Court on GPS Tracking Devices

On January 23, 2012 the Supreme Court rule unanimously that police must get a search warrant before using a GPS device to track criminal suspects. Justice Scalia wrote the opinion for this case which involved Washington D.C. drug kingpin, Antoine Jones. Jones was partially convicted because the police installed a GPS device and tracked his movements on public roads for 28 days. Installing a GPS device on a suspect's vehicle to monitor movements now constitutes a "search" under 4th Amendment protection for unreasonable searches and seizures. The justices affirmed a panel from the US Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. The panel held that evidence of Jones's frequent trips to a house that had nearly $1 million in cash and drugs had to be thrown out.

Italian Cruise Ship Disaster

On Friday January 13, 2012, a loud bang indicated that something was going terribly wrong on the Costa Concordia Italian cruise ship. The 4,000 people on board began to panic as the ship quickly came to a halt, and then became dark. Passengers starting to feel the boat shake, as people began running and dishes were being thrown. The boat tilted to the left, an hour later an emergency was announced, and then the shipped rolled again to the right. People began to pile in lifeboats, women and children were given priority, but others chose to swim and many were able to reach a nearby island called Giglo. In total, 11 passengers have been confirmed dead, while 30 others are still missing.

Italian Cruise Ship Disaster

On Friday January 13, 2012, a loud bang indicated that something was going terribly wrong on the Costa Concordia Italian cruise ship. The 4,000 people on board began to panic as the ship quickly came to a halt, and then became dark. Passengers starting to feel the boat shake, as people began running and dishes were being thrown. The boat tilted to the left, an hour later an emergency was announced, and then the shipped rolled again to the right. People began to pile in lifeboats, women and children were given priority, but others chose to swim and many were able to reach a nearby island called Giglo. In total, 11 passengers have been confirmed dead, while 30 others are still missing.

Choosing a Motorcycle Helmet

While motorcycling is an inherently dangerous activity, and it is likely that most personal injury attorneys would advise against riding on a motorcycle, if you are insistent on biking, please pick out a safe helmet. Get one that is both Snell certified as well as DOT certified.

Choosing a Motorcycle Helmet

While motorcycling is an inherently dangerous activity, and it is likely that most personal injury attorneys would advise against riding on a motorcycle, if you are insistent on biking, please pick out a safe helmet. Get one that is both Snell certified as well as DOT certified.

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