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Why don't they just issue search warrants for Steve Bannon's documents?

First, let's be clear about who "they" is. Neither Congress nor the Department of Justice has the power to issue search warrants by themselves. Search warrants are issued by judges, upon a ...
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Can you film the police while they search your premises?

united-states Yes. The right to film police carrying out their duties is constitutionally protected. See, e.g, ACLU v. Alvarez, 679 F.3d 583 (7th Cir. 2012) and Glik v. Cunniffe, 655 F.3d 78 (1st Cir. ...
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Admissibility of evidence seized from wrong property on lawful warrant (USA)

The Evidence Would be Admissible. Under the so-called "good faith exception" to the exclusionary rule the evidence would probably be admitted over Bob's objections in both cases mentioned in ...
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Can someone be convicted of possessing/distributing illegal pornography if no evidence can be found in search/seize?

It is possible that someone is convicted. Destruction of evidence an constitute circumstantial evidence that a crime was committed, and other evidence, such as testimony, could pin the crime to one of ...
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Can you film the police while they search your premises?

australia Yes You can film anyone in public or with the permission of the occupier of private premises (voyeurism excepted).
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Usability of AI-based Evidence

In principle, the evidence could be admitted. Federal Rule of Evidence 702 allows an expert to testify if (a) the expert’s scientific, technical, or other specialized knowledge will help the trier of ...
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Are online accounts and phone numbers frozen when "electronic devices" are seized by law enforcement?

Assuming that the police have a warrant to seize your cell phone, the scope of what can be seized is specified in the warrant. It is not automatic that seizing a phone entails seizure of some or all ...
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How has sneak-and-peak warrants been constitutionally defended?

A person has no protection against a valid warrant The fourth amendment is crystal clear on what it protects and what it doesn’t: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers,...
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Usability of AI-based Evidence

Your question is about the admissibility of expert opinion evidence. The applicable law in U.S. courts is called the Daubert standard. Under this standard, the judge is required to play a “gatekeeper” ...
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How quickly will they obtain a warrant?

It depends on the nature of the crime, among other things. Under Section 8 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE) the police must provide evidence to a court that a search warrant is ...
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Does the source of DNA have a bearing on the legality of a search?

From my open-source research it seems that law enforcement did not use any coercive powers, such as a subpoena or warrant, in the following case but "covertly" uploaded a suspect's DNA ...
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Can a police officer, under these circumstances, enforce the following arrest warrant out of Jurisdiction?

Assuming that all of these locations are in the same state, this is not an issue of federal law and is not governed by the U.S. Constitution. The geographical jurisdiction of state and local law ...
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People have said that the FBI couldn’t raid Epstein’s Island before his “death”

Such a search would have been emotionally satisfying for many people, but it would almost certainly not have been legal. Evidence that someone committed a crime is not always sufficient to permit a ...
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What happens if an expert witness admits he lied in a case

TL;DR: You may have chances. Consult a German lawyer fast. In German civil cases there is the possibillity of "Reopening of proceedings" (Wiederaufnahme des Verfahrens), §§ 578 ff. ZPO. It can be ...
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Under the England and Wales Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984, can a police officer enter a house without a warrant?

Short answer Maybe Long answer s.61(1) empowers a "proper officer" to enter premises without a warrant for the health protection functions and purposes described in subsections a-to-d in ...
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Under the England and Wales Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984, can a police officer enter a house without a warrant?

If they are “authorised officers”, yes The relevant provisions are in section 13. Subsection 4 gives the minister the power to make regulations to nominate certain bodies to enforce the law. They may ...
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Getting a warrant for DNA

In re Grand Jury Witness G.B. addresses the underlying legal principles. In that case, GB, the victim of a stabbing (not a suspect), appealed a court order for a warrant to take a DNA sample. A ...
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What is the difference, if any at all, between having a warrant for your arrest and being circulated as wanted in the UK?

england-and-wales A warrant for arrest, also referred to as a bench warrant, is issued by a judge or magistrate to ensure a defendant (and sometimes a witness) appears before them. "Being ...
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Can you film the police while they search your premises?

france No* (in private premises) | Yes (in public spaces) Police doesn't get a special protection from image rights than everyone else, except if the person is a member of a special force with ...
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Usability of AI-based Evidence

In most cases, the kind of AI you are talking about in the OP would be useful as part of a larger set of facts used to establish probable cause that a crime was committed, in order to justify an ...
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Search Warrant Verification

There are two questions here: Is it really the police, or someone pretending to be the police in order to stage a home invasion? If it is the police they will be wearing uniforms and showing you ...
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Search Warrant Verification

Search warrants are frequently sealed and not accessible to the public until after they are served, so that someone checking public records can't be tipped off that law enforcement agents are headed ...
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What happens if an expert witness admits he lied in a case

What your lawyer told you sounds about right Judgements in Germany are enforceable for 30 years so this one is still good. The time for lodging appeals is long past so you are stuck with it. In the ...
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How long are warrants actually kept?

The question is twofold: how long a warrent is valid for execution and then it's archivation. Validity of warrents for execution depends on the crime, the jurisdiction and even the legal system it is ...
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