Police legal advisors from across the nation gathered at the IACP Conference to learn from each other and compare notes on legal developments in law enforcement legal topics across the country. Several presenters discussed the case of Arizona v. Gant and its impact on the search incident to arrest doctrine. Elliot Spector, a fixture at the IACP updates on civil liability, presented the latest cases on racial profiling, false arrest, as well as search and seizure liability. More
You don't want to be downwind
from The New York Times
More than eight years after the attacks of Sept. 11, the House of Representatives has passed a bill to shore up security at this country's chemical plants. The requirements are reasonable, vital and long overdue. If terrorists were to attack a chemical plant near an American city or large town, they could unleash a toxic cloud that could endanger the lives of hundreds of thousands. More
City locks down rave party site
Milwaukee building officials locked and placarded a building where an illegal rave party took place over the weekend and ordered that the building remain vacant until the owner gets the required inspections and occupancy permit. More
Insurers refuse to pay city of Modesto, Calif.
from The Modesto Bee
A gender discrimination lawsuit the city settled more than two years ago is still giving Modesto, Calif., legal troubles - and costing taxpayers money. The city is suing its insurance carriers because they've refused to cover the cost of a $3.25 million settlement the city paid in 2007. The settlement went to three city employees who sued the city in 2005. They claimed they were denied promotions and punished for raising concerns about their pay and work environments. More
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Top L.A. County judge warns of consequences of budget constraints
from Los Angeles Times
In recent weeks Los Angeles County Superior Court Presiding Judge Charles McCoy has met with attorneys and court officials around Los Angeles County telling them the once-a-month closures and furloughs that began in July may be just the tip of the iceberg. Over the next four years, he says, as many as 1,800 jobs may be eliminated and up to 180 courtrooms may have to be permanently shuttered. The court's capacity may be drastically reduced, tripling or quadrupling the pace of some cases moving through the system. More
Commercial emphasizes emergency preparedness
from Cumberland Times-News
A new commercial broadcast on Comcast in Cumberland and Keyser, W.Va., asks residents to be prepared for emergencies that could pop up in the region. The 30-second video, produced by Creative Images and Video in Cumberland, was paid for by the Allegany County Department of Public Safety and Homeland Security. More
Dispensaries prepare for more regulation
from Aspen Daily News
The state's medical marijuana industry has been booming since the Obama administration struck a hands-off policy on state-approved medical marijuana and the Colorado Board of Health in July affirmed a policy that a "caregiver" can be someone who simply provides marijuana for patients with no limit on the number of patients per caregiver. More
Floodplain development is focus of FEMA study
from Sierra Vista Herald
Development in flood-prone areas in Warren County, Miss., will be the focus of a floodplain management assessment by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The effort will "make sure any development in the flood plain is within the (floodplain) ordinance," Warren County Emergency Management Director Gwen Coleman said. More
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Colorado avalanche risk: High
from The Fort Collins Coloradoan
Ethan Greene, director of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, is not liking the looks of the avalanche season. October ranks right down there with August - ninth among months with avalanche accidents. But this year, it was a scary month, with reports of 10 people being caught in nine avalanches in the state. More