Criminal Justice Roundup


The bad….

• The Supreme Court unanimously rules that evidence seized during arrests that are illegal under state law can still be used at trial.

• The city of Memphis is seizing the automobiles of suspected Johns. Not convicted, just suspected.

The Ninth Circuit becomes the second federal appeals court to allow federal agents to snoop around in the laptops of people entering the country, even without probable cause that a crime has been committed.

The good…

Argentina decriminalizes drug consumption. I'm trying to remember the last time the government of Argentina got anything right.

• Alaska appeals court says it will no longer tolerate "implicitly coercive" searches during traffic stops.

• Virginia's Supreme Court tosses out two drug cases in which police conducted searches without probable cause.