January 15, 2021

US: DOJ firewalls, taint teams don’t protect 4th, 6th Amendment Rights

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By Alan Dershowitz from Newsmax Many TV pundits are telling viewers not to worry about the government’s intrusion into possible lawyer/client privileged communications between President Trump and his lawyer, since prosecutors won’t get to see or use any privileged material. This is because prosecutors and FBI agents create firewalls and taint teams to preclude privileged […]

SEC can’t get insider-trading defendants’ phone passwords

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By P.J. D’Annunzio, From The Legal Intelligencer The smartphone passwords of two former Capital One data analysts accused of insider trading will remain a secret to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, a federal judge has ruled in a case one securities lawyer said covered rarely-trodden ground. The SEC sought the smartphone passwords of defendants […]

Husband alleged to have planted spyware on wife’s phone

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By Ben Bedell, From New York Law Journal A Brooklyn matrimonial judge sent a sheriff to a husband’s home with an ex parte order to seize his iPhone and computers after lawyers for the wife submitted evidence showing her husband had planted spyware on her iPhone just before filing for divorce. Justice Jeffrey Sunshine released […]

US State AGs wade into abortion video fight

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By Ross Todd, From The Recorder SAN FRANCISCO — U.S. District Judge William Orrick III found himself in the crossfire of competing interests Tuesday morning when asked to interpret his own temporary restraining order blocking an anti-abortion group from releasing hidden-camera videos. A handful of state attorneys general have asked the defendants in the case […]

US Justice Dept. investigating missing IRS emails

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From Newsmax The Justice Department said Wednesday that it was investigating the circumstances behind the disappearance of emails from a former senior Internal Revenue Service official, part of a broader criminal inquiry into whether the agency had targeted conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status. In testimony to be delivered Thursday to a congressional committee, Deputy Attorney […]