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Author: Law Officer

Warrantless Search & Seizure

This issue, I follow up my last column, which discussed the United States Supreme Court's decision in Georgia v. Randolph. In the Randolph case, the Court addressed whether law enforcement officers entering a residence violate the Fourth Amendment when one occupant consents to a search but a co-occupant does not.

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Cell Phone Vulnerabilities

You got a cell phone so you could stay in touch with the department, or maybe they provided it to you due to your on-call status. It also provides a way for your family to reach you in an emergency, and if you break down while on the way home, it’s a lot better than walking a couple of miles to a pay phone. That cell phone started out as a convenience, but quickly became a necessity.

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The Badge, the Gun—

Dear Bullethead:

I work for a great city and a great department, and I love my job. I feel a little strange sending a letter like this, but I don't know how else to get an objective opinion.

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It's a Bomb, Not a Prank

Pipe bombs and chemical-reaction bombs remain the most common bombs made and detonated by juveniles throughout the United States. Historically, the pipe bomb and its little brother, the CO2 cartridge bomb, have been popular since the 1940s and 1950s. New York's "Mad Bomber," George Metesky, popularized the large, galvanized-steel pipe bomb, planting and setting off 32 devices throughout New York City from 1940 1956. Unabomber Ted Kaczynski duplicated the Mad Bomber's reign of terror from the late 1970s into the middle 1990s.

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