The Massachusetts State Police says it can't locate most departmental emails sent before 2018, and that may put into jeopardy payroll fraud and larceny charges against a former trooper. An attorney for David Keefe has asked a court to dismiss charges against his client because the police turned over only about 4,500 of an estimated 34,000 emails Keefe says would show he was working when prosecutors say he was absent but on the clock. Keefe is one 20 troopers charged with overtime fraud. The agency blames a change in email programs for the loss of the emails. But outside experts note that Keefe and other troopers were under investigation at the time of the switch, which placed a legal obligation of the agency to maintain evidence in the case.
Amy Coney Barrett Condemns Purdue University's 'Fundamentally Unfair' Adjudication of Sexual Assault Claims
The opinion, which suggests a strong concern about due process, will nevertheless be cited as evidence of the SCOTUS nominee's "uniformly conservative" record.
Amy Coney Barrett Demolishes the Qualified Immunity Claim of a Detective Accused of Framing a Man for Murder
The case is an encouraging sign that the SCOTUS contender is not the sort of judge who bends over backward to shield cops from liability for outrageous misconduct.
Amy Coney Barrett Thinks the Second Amendment Prohibits Blanket Bans on Gun Possession by People With Felony Records
The SCOTUS contender's 2019 dissent will alarm gun control supporters but reassure people who want judges to take this constitutional provision as seriously as others.
DC Circuit Rules House of Representatives has Standing to Challenge Trump's Diversion of Funds to Build his Border Wall
The opinion was written by prominent conservative Judge David Sentelle.