Category: Criminal Procedure


Law Talk With Lowell Steiger

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: March 5, 2012

With guests criminal defense attorney Jennifer Gardner, Esq. and mediator/attorney Alec Wisner. Interesting discussions about criminal matters, whether victim’s families should influence sentencing in criminal matters, mediation, OJ, Johnny Cochran, Casey Anthony, Rush Limbaugh and Sandra Fluke. With guest participation via text. Please watch and enjoy. Click here to watch the video if you can’t access it from the player below

Tweeting During Trial Could Land You In Jail!

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: October 10, 2011

Well, it’s official.  If you’re doing your civic duty as a juror in California and you Tweet (or Facebook or e-mail or… name your technology) about the trial, you will officially be in criminal contempt of court.  What does that mean to you?  It could mean six months in the klink! Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation on Friday (Assembly Bill 141, authored by Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes, D-Los Angeles) which requires trial judges to tell jurors that existing bans on conducting their own research about the case, or talking to outsiders about it, applies to electronic and wireless communication. Violations by jury members will… Read More

Casey Anthony Found Not Guilty of Murder: Your Thoughts!

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: July 5, 2011

What are your thoughts about the Not Guilty Verdict in the Casey Anthony murder trial?

Indecent Exposure Defense Strategy

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: June 5, 2010

Need I say any more?

Japanese Digital Cameras That Can Identify Age and Gender

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: March 7, 2008

Well, 1984 has come, gone and returned! Reuters is reporting that the Japanese have invented a digital camera that can identify the gender and age of its subject! Once in production, this camera will make it easier for police to identify criminal suspects. Click here to watch the full report. The camera, which debuted at the Tokyo Securities Show, has a margin of error of plus or minus 10 years. Apparently, the inventors have uploaded over 1 million mug shots to their database. The camera’s software will be able to take the image and match it with those mug shots, thereby… Read More

Strip Search: Outrageous Police Conduct and Abuse Video

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: February 4, 2008

This video of the brutal strip search by male and female Stark County, Ohio deputy sheriffs of a young woman speaks for itself. I am so outraged and angered by what this video depicts that I had to post it to my blog. I hope that this never, ever happens to you or a loved one. What is truly galling is that the sheriff himself says that his deputies did nothing wrong — in spite of the fact that their own procedural handbook demands that strip searches be conducted exclusively by members of the same sex as the strip searchee. USA Daily summarizes the story as follows:… Read More

Strip Search: Outrageous Police Conduct and Abuse Video

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: February 4, 2008

This video of the brutal strip search by male and female Stark County, Ohio deputy sheriffs of a young woman speaks for itself.  I am so outraged and angered by what this video depicts that I had to post it to my blog.  I hope that this never, ever happens to you or a loved one.  What is truly galling is that the sheriff himself says that his deputies did nothing wrong — in spite of the fact that their own procedural handbook demands that strip searches be conducted exclusively by members of the same sex as the strip searchee. USA Daily summarizes the story as follows:… Read More

Do Police Need A Search Warrant for a Cell Phone?

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: June 29, 2007

Reprinted from Bytes in Brief by permission of Sensei Enterprises, Inc., www.senseient.com On May 23, 2007, a U.S. District Court Judge for the Northern District of California ruled that warrantless searches of three defendants’ cellular phones violated their Fourth Amendment rights. In 2004, the three defendants, Edward Park, Brian Ly, and David Lee, were arrested during the raid of a marijuana hothouse. After they were taken to the San Francisco Police Department, the defendants’ belongings were inventoried including their cell phones. However, before the phones were placed in property bags, SFPD Inspector David Martinovich searched defendant Lee’s cell phone and instructed other inspectors… Read More

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