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Archive December 2018

20
Dec
Supreme Court of Florida:...
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by CourtTrax Webmaster

The Supreme Court of Florida has ruled that in addition to established police self-defense laws, Law Enforcement Officers can now as well rely on the immunity from prosecution protections of the ‘Stand Your Ground’ doctrine that had previously only been available to civilians. In a 7-0 decision, the Justices...

18
Dec
Murder Confessions Tossed...
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by CourtTrax Webmaster

The Oregon Supreme Court affirmed an earlier ruling which found that interview and interrogation techniques used to elicit murder confessions from a mentally-ill suspect undermine the credibility of the confessions, thus making them inadmissible. From Oregon Public Broadcasting: “Homer Lee Jackson is charged with 12 counts of aggravated murder....

12
Dec
CourtTrax Unveils King Co...
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by CourtTrax Webmaster

When the King County Superior Court’s court records system  switched from Washington State’s legacy SCOMIS system to the King-County-only JAMS system, the switch effectively terminated all new King County case data from being entered into the statewide SCOMIS Names Index. CourtTrax provides access to this Names Index using the...

6
Dec
Pennsylvania Supreme Cour...
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by CourtTrax Webmaster

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a man who was diagnosed with cancer, which he claims resulted from his years of working as a firefighter. The ruling places the burden of proof on his former employer to show that the cancer was not the result of...

3
Dec
New Jersey Supreme Court...
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by CourtTrax Webmaster

The New Jersey Supreme Court has found that 20,667 breathalyzer tests conducted from 2008 – 2016 are inadmissible, and consequently an equal number of drunk driving convictions are at risk of being overturned as a result. From the Tampa Bay Times: “The unanimous ruling by the Supreme Court stems...