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What Should Law Enforcement Agents Do If A Suspect’s E-Mails Are Stored Abroad?

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:02:16 +0000

Tech savvy criminals in the United States beware!  Your e-mails stored on servers abroad are discoverable by law enforcement agents in the United States.  A technologically clever criminal in the United States may have set up his e-mail account with a different country code to hide e-mails abroad from law enforcement agents in the United […]

Want to Produce Documents? Produce Something Else First.

Thu, 15 Jan 2015 19:33:07 +0000

The plaintiff, Torrington Co., sought to challenge a final determination made by the International Trade Administration of the United States Department of Commerce. The case centered upon the discovery requests made by the plaintiff. The plaintiff argued that it was entitled to three things: 1) a computer tape of computer instructions, 2) a computer tape […]

Does the Government Need a Warrant to Access Cell Phone Tracking Information? Third Circuit Says “No.”

Wed, 24 Dec 2014 14:00:10 +0000

Big Brother is always watching and listening.  If there’s one lesson to take away from the recent NSA scandals it’s that the government is not only capable of tracking your every digital move, but also acting on that capability.  Now, according to the Third Circuit, the government can use the broad language of the Stored […]

Proportionality Applies to International Trade Disputes As Well

Wed, 03 Dec 2014 14:00:20 +0000

In Timken Co. v. U.S., the plaintiff (“Timken” or “Plaintiff”) challenged the decision of the Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration (“Commerce”), denying Plaintiff access to computer tapes submitted by defendant-intervenors (the “Defendant”) in a complex trade case.  Timken sought the tapes notwithstanding that it had received the very same information in paper form. Plaintiff […]

Judge Not Lest Ye Be Judged

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:00:27 +0000

Defendant Youkers was sentenced to an eight-year prison term. Youkers thereafter filed a motion for a new trial alleging that the judge who sentenced him engaged in improper communications and was not impartial. In particular, the father of Youkers’s girlfriend was one of the judge’s Facebook friends. The father also sent a message to the […]

Gulf of Mexico Not all that was Spoliated as a Consequence of the Deepwater Horizon Disaster

Fri, 07 Mar 2014 16:00:14 +0000

The gulf oil spill disaster has once again reared its ugly head; however this time in a different context. In the corporate world, executives may believe that establishing a policy and informing employees of those policies is sufficient action to effectively protect Was smells very salon Balance than splurging I visit site Out. Insect […]

An Inmate vs. The State: Using an Adverse Inference to Level the Litigation Playing Field

Wed, 15 Jan 2014 16:00:27 +0000

Don’t override your surveillance tapes or video too soon, otherwise you could be subjected to spoilation sanctions if the evidence is later needed in court. This was the lesson the authorities at Northern State Prison in Newark, New Jersey learned after they were sued by a prison inmate for violating his constitutional rights. Know your […]

Photogrammetry for the Win!… If you know what it does.

Mon, 08 Apr 2013 15:00:46 +0000

The Federal Rules of Evidence (“FRE”) are notorious for their complication. Hearsay Rules continue to astound attorneys across the country. Now, in a more modern era, we have the advanced electronics capable of aiding the evidentiary process in many ways. But with a jury of lay people, it is difficult to describe the use of […]

Court Orders Sanctions Against The U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey for Failing to Preserve Text Messages From an FBI Investigation

Thu, 15 Nov 2012 16:30:35 +0000

In United States v. Suarez, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey held that the government violated its duty to preserve relevant data during an ongoing investigation aimed at prosecution of certain individuals. During an investigation into public corruptness in the state of New Jersey. During discovery, the defendants requested that […]

A New Wave of ”Megan’s Law” Legislation: Internet Sex Offender Registries

Tue, 02 Oct 2012 15:00:00 +0000

New Jersey is among the thirty-one states to adopt a sex offender Internet registry web sites as part of “Megan’s Law” legislation. In 2000, New Jersey implemented new legislation regarding sex offenders. In A.A. v. State of N.J., convicted sex offenders challenged constitutionality of Article IV, Section 7, Paragraph 12 of the New Jersey Constitution, […]