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April 1, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO -- A San Francisco lawmaker wants to protect your emails from random scrutiny by law enforcement. State Sen. Mark Leno has introduced legislation to require courts to issue search warrants before companies such as Google Inc., Yahoo Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Facebook turn them over. “No law enforcement agency could obtain someone's mail or letters that were delivered to their home without first securing a search warrant, but that same protection is surprisingly not extended to our digital life,” said the San Francisco Democrat.
March 30, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Early one morning in February 2012, thieves crept into the Siskiyou County Courthouse, made off with more than $1.25 million in gold and other items from the lobby's display case and disappeared. Now, more than a year later, police say they know who did it. In a news release this week, the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Department said it had issued felony arrest warrants for 49-year-old David Dean Johnson of El Cerrito and 51-year-old Scott Wayne Bailey of El Sobrante. The pair are the primary suspects in the heist, authorities said.
March 28, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Adam Lanza, the gunman who attacked a Connecticut elementary school, killing 20 children and six adults, had an arsenal of guns, more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition and even samurai swords, knives and a bayonet, according to search warrants released on Thursday. The warrants outlined what police found in Lanza's home and car during official searches of the Newton, Conn., home Lanza shared with his mother, who he killed before the Dec. 14 attack on Sandy Hook Elementary School.
March 28, 2013 | By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK - There were three samurai swords, with blades 13 inches, 21 inches and 28 inches long. There were hundreds of rounds of ammunition. There were targets, a bayonet, knives, pictures of a bloodied body wrapped in plastic, and guns. Lots of guns. And there were plans to buy more. Among the items discovered by police after Adam Lanza shot dead 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., was a holiday card from his mother, Nancy, with a check inside for her son to buy another gun, according to search warrants made public Thursday.
March 1, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Authorities on Friday were searching for a 20-year-old man wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of a Coastal Carolina University student in the parking lot of the South Carolina school's residence complex. Marquis Spencer McDonald, 20, was named as the suspect in Tuesday's shooting that left Anthony Darnell Liddell , 19, dead, according to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division. Liddell, a sophomore from Bennettsville, S.C., was shot once in the chest, the county coroner said.
February 25, 2013 | By John M. Glionna and Matt Pearce
LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas police Monday officially issued a warrant for a 26-year-old ex-convict they say is the man who unleashed a predawn barrage of gunfire into a Maserati on the Strip last week, resulting in a fireball crash that killed three people. "We can say with certainty that Ammar Harris is the suspect who fired the fatal shots," Police Capt. Chris Jones said at an afternoon news conference. Officials say their campaign to bring Harris to justice will include displaying his mugshot on southern Nevada billboards.
January 11, 2013
The Supreme Court was asked this week to rule that police never need to obtain a search warrant before drawing blood from a motorist stopped for drunk driving. The court should reject that claim. In 2010, Tyler G. McNeely was stopped by a Missouri highway patrolman for speeding. After McNeely refused to undergo a breath test, the patrolman drove him to a hospital and, over McNeely's objections, directed a phlebotomist to take a sample of McNeely's blood. The results indicated a blood alcohol level well above the legal limit, but a trial judge and the Missouri Supreme Court held that the evidence was inadmissible because it had been obtained without a warrant.
January 9, 2013 | By David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court justices sounded wary Wednesday of giving the police a free hand to forcibly take blood from motorists suspected of drunk driving. "It's a pretty scary image of somebody restrained, and a representative of the state approaching them with a needle," Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said. Though the police stop swerving drivers at all hours of the day and night, rarely are motorists required to undergo a blood test. Typically, an officer tells a driver who appears to be drunk to get out of the vehicle, walk a straight line and recite the alphabet.
January 9, 2013 | By Kenneth R. Weiss
State fish and wildlife officials, although deeply skeptical about low numbers of great white sharks off the Pacific Coast, determined that there was sufficient scientific information to warrant a full review on whether the feared, toothy creature should be listed as threatened with extinction. A team of state officials on Monday recommended that the California Fish and Game Commission accept a petition by nonprofit groups that great whites be protected as threatened or endangered under state's Endangered Species Act. Those groups, Oceana, the Center for Biological Diversity and Shark Stewards, have argued that great white populations off the West Coast are "dangerously low. "  They cite two studies that estimated a total of 338 great white sharks off the coast.
November 30, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - Digital privacy laws in the United States just got one step closer to the 21st century. A Senate committee on Thursday backed privacy protections that would require the government to obtain a search warrant before secretly gaining access to email and other electronic communications. The 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act was written before the Web was born and long before Americans started sending, receiving and storing so much of their personal communications and documents on the Web. Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D.Vt.)
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