What is a Geofence Warrant and is it Constitutional?

Based on a recent federal district court decision, “geofence search warrants” for Google location data are subject to being challenged as an unconstitutional violation of privacy. The judge in that case refused to grant the warrant because it was too broad and violated the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable government searches and seizures. What is…

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Defending Doctors, Pharmacists, and Nurses in “Pill Mill” Strike Force Cases

On April 17, 2019, the DOJ announced in a press release that the government is bringing federal criminal charges against 60 individuals, including 31 doctors, 7 pharmacists, 8 nurse practitioners, and several other licensed medical professionals, based on allegations that these healthcare providers were unlawfully distributing prescription opioid medication and committing healthcare fraud. The charges…

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What the new federal policy on marijuana enforcement means for legalization efforts

The past decade has seen state after state legalize marijuana for medical and recreational purposes, along with the emergence of a multi-billion-dollar industry for growing and selling it. Various banks and other businesses have also been servicing the “legal” marijuana market in those states where marijuana is legal for medicinal and recreational uses. But that…

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New fentanyl conspiracy charges in North Dakota and Mississippi

Fentanyl conspiracy charges were filed this week after federal grand juries in Mississippi and North Dakota charged two Chinese nationals and their American and Canadian associates with allegations of importing and distributing fentanyl, fentanyl analogues, and other drugs. I completely understand the government’s focus on fentanyl (it is indeed a dangerous drug), but these indictments…

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