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Deputies Involved In 62,000 Criminal Cases Shown To Be Liars, Frauds, Domestic Abusers, And Sexual Predators

If you had evidence an opposing witness in a criminal trial was untrustworthy, you‘d want to use it, right? Too bad says the local law enforcement union. And too bad says a California court. The issue at hand is the Los Angeles Sheriff‘s Department‘s "Brady" list. "Brady" is shorthand for exculpatory evidence and untrustworthy law enforcement officers called to provide testimony certainly falls under that heading. After Sheri

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Smart Handgun Safe Not Smart Enough Not To Let Basically Anyone Break Into It

When we discuss the problems around "the internet of things" and app-controlled everything, we typically have to get into the weeds a bit about privacy, whether you own what you purchased, and the ethical implications of opening up an internet-connected service or product to potential hacking. On the security and hacking side of things, it should be clear by now that far too many companies don‘t take this stuff seriously enough. Our pages

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Daily Deal: Storyist For Mac

Storyist is the only do-it-all writing platform designed specifically for fiction writers and optimized to be a powerful word processor on both desktop and mobile platforms. This fully-featured word processor gives you complete control over manuscripts and screenplays, giving you elite annotation power, high-level story viewing, and many more tools to make writing complex projects a breeze. It is on sale for 19. Note: The Techdirt Deals Sto

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Bogus Wiretap Charges Brought Against Man Who Recorded Cops Costs NH Taxpayers 275,000

One of those things I thought would have gone out of vogue is apparently still in style in New Hampshire. The number of bullshit wiretap prosecutions brought against people recording cops has dropped precipitously over the past half-decade as courts have found use of wiretap statutes in this fashion unconstitutional, but over in the Live Free or Die state, the statute lives freely and dies even harder. Back in 2015, prosecutors brought wiretap

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After Investigating Itself, CenturyLink Proclaims There‘s Just No Way It Committed Billing Fraud

Lawsuits have begun to pile up for broadband provider CenturyLink, after a whistleblower revealed earlier this year that the ISP had been routinely over-billing its broadband customers for years. The whistleblower, who claims she was fired after bringing the problem to company management, said the company had a multi-year habit of consistently signing customers up for services they never ordered and didn‘t want. Of course that‘s on t

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UK Drug Lab Misconduct Calls 10,000 Convictions And Prosecutions Into Question

UK prosecutors are looking at the possibility of having a whole bunch of convictions overturned, thanks to misconduct by a lab service contracted by the government. Malfeasance at Randox Testing Service, which handles toxicology tests for UK law enforcement, first came to light earlier this year when two of its employees were arrested. Hundreds of cases could be reviewed after two men who work at a laboratory used by police to test drug sampl

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Hospitality Industry Group Pushes Back On Portland‘s Attempt To Trademark Bully A Local Brewery

Just a quick update from Portland, Oregon, folks. After the city engaged in some truly impish behavior by trying to bully aside a local brewery that has a trademark on Portland‘s iconic jumping-deer sign, there have been no further negotiations on a resolution between the two sides. See, the city of Portland really wants to license the trademark for the image of the sign to national and international macrobrewers, whereas Old Town Brewing

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It Was Twenty(-odd) Years Ago Today When The Internet Looked Much Different Than It Does Now

Last week, Mike and I were at a conference celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Reno v. ACLU, a seminal case that declared that the First Amendment applied online. What makes the case so worth a conference celebrating it is not just what it meant as a legal matter it‘s a significant step forward in First Amendment jurisprudence but also what it meant as a practical matter. This decision was hugely important i

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