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Category: Civil Rights Law

You are entitled to be treated civilly, even if you are under arrest

New York City is one of the centers of modern civilization, and I am proud that I am here. However, we also know that the level of civility differs by neighborhood, especially, alas, in the way in which police officers sometimes exceed their authority to use force. If you have lived

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What you should know about the plain view doctrine

The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution places strict prohibitions against unreasonable search and seizures of your property, so if a New York City police officer wants to search your vehicle, the officer must meet specific conditions, such as possessing a search warrant, or if the officer has probable cause to

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What is color of law?

When it comes to enforcement of civil rights violations, most of them will be violations made under the phrase "color of state law." Many New York cases may deal with this concept. The Department of Justice explains that color of law basically means anyone acting on behalf of a government

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Zarda v. Altitude Express

This is a blog where I bring some things on my mind or that come to my attention. The first involves the Zarda v. Altitude Express case, the one that changed the law in the Second Circuit. We don't know if it will go to the Supreme Court. Lots was

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