The Supreme Court of New Jersey recently reversed the judgment of the Appellate Division in a drug possession case that highlighted an important question about search and seizure laws: At what point does a field inquiry escalate into an investigative detention?
Courts Confused About Marijuana DWI Standards
Elizabeth, NJ- Legalization of marijuana for medical and recreational use is spreading across the U.S. Eight states, and Washington D.C. have already legalized marijuana for recreational use, and 28 states including New Jersey allow medical marijuana sales. Even as marijuana legalization is growing; there is still confusion about when a pot user is too high to be driving and when they should be charged with DWI.
Council Members in New Jersey Towns to Shield Undocumented Immigrants
Elizabeth, NJ- City council members in several New Jersey municipalities agreed to shield undocumented immigrants in their communities in the wake of stricter immigration enforcement policies issued by the Trump Administration.
Mississippi District Judge Reprimanded for Delayed Rulings
Newark, NJ- In court, a delayed ruling can leave a case to languish for months, sometimes years, which adds to the backlog experienced by many courts across New Jersey and the U.S. overall. Some delays are just part of the adjudication process, but some judges put off ruling for excessive periods and keep cases tied up for years. A federal district court judge in Mississippi was reprimanded recently for refusing to rule in two cases; one had been pending for several years.
Authorities Must Have Probable Cause to Issue Immigration Detainers Court Rules
Newark, NJ- As Congress works to ensure so-called sanctuary cities detain undocumented immigrants for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, an appeals court ruled the federal agency must have probable cause to issue immigration detainers and hold individuals they suspect of being undocumented.
U.S. Supreme Court Sides with Man Convicted of Making Online Threats
Newark, NJ- In an 7-1 decision, handed down on down on June 1st, the U.S. Supreme Court made it more difficult for prosecutors to convict people for making threats on Facebook and other social media platforms by reversing federal convictions of a Pennsylvania man accused of threatening his estranged wife.