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The Use of Mug Shot Identification in New York Police Lineups, Despite Unreliability

By Phillip J. Murphy |

The New York Times recently ran an article on the use of mug shot searches in New York, despite the serious risks of mistaken identification associated with the technique. The technique involves asking victims to search through hundreds of matching photos after detectives enter a description of a perpetrator into the database. New York… Read More »


New Jersey Firearms Law Could Lead NYPD Police to Be Arrested

By Phillip J. Murphy |

Under a new law, New York officers could be arrested in New Jersey if they travel through the state of New Jersey, off-duty, with a high-capacity firearm magazine capable of holding more than 10 rounds. However, legislation is pending which would allow officers to travel with the firearms between the two states, even while… Read More »


Midterm Elections Will Likely Bring Significant Change to Congress & Our Civil Rights

By Phillip J. Murphy |

On November 6, the midterm elections made a number of significant changes to Congress that will likely have long-lasting impacts on criminal justice, voting rights, and other important civil rights. Below, we’ve discussed some of the priority bills that the 116th Congress may tackle, and the prospective impacts on our civil liberties: Immigration A… Read More »


A Discussion of Views on the Death Penalty Surrounding the Pittsburgh Shooting

By Phillip J. Murphy |

In the wake of the terrible tragedy that occurred at the Pittsburgh synagogue in late October and resulted in the death of 11 people, federal and state prosecutors are preparing to move forward with capital murder charges against the suspect connected with the incident, Robert Bowers. Bowers was charged in a 44-count indictment that… Read More »


Civil Rights Enforcement & Education in the Trump Era

By Phillip J. Murphy |

The Department of Education and Secretary Betsy DeVos have drawn a significant amount of civil rights concerns, especially when it comes to affirmative action policies, school segregation, and Title IX, the federal law that prohibits sex-based discrimination in all federally-funded education programs.  Many feel that DeVos has effectively all but completely abandoned her civil… Read More »


U.S. Supreme Court Justices Point Out The Importance Of Working With Experienced Criminal Defense

By Phillip J. Murphy |

When U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor recently visited and spoke at the University of Houston Law Center, she emphasized just how important it is for criminal defendants to work with experienced criminal defense attorneys in order to ensure that they are properly represented. Specifically, Justice Sotomayor and Justice Kagan have long expressed frustration… Read More »


U.S. Supreme Court Could Dismantle Digital Privacy Protection Under Fourth Amendment

By Phillip J. Murphy |

On November 29th, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on a case that will be monumental for determining how the Fourth Amendment protects cell phone data, or digital privacy. The case, Carpenter vs. United States, specifically poses whether the warrantless seizure and search of historical cellphone records—which reveal the location and movements of a… Read More »


Judge Cracks Down: New York Police Eavesdropping On Criminal Suspects Without A Warrant

By Phillip J. Murphy |

In an important decision protecting Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches, during the week of November 15th, New York Justice Martin P. Murphy (New York State Supreme Court) made a groundbreaking decision announcing that police officers first need to obtain an eavesdropping warrant to track the cellphones of criminal suspects. This officially raises the… Read More »


Juveniles Abandoned In Our Criminal Justice System

By Phillip J. Murphy |

While many realize that it can be challenging for those without the resources to obtain justice in the criminal system in our country, most likely do not know that it is an even bigger challenge for our country’s juveniles, specifically, as, according to a new analysis, they are largely left to navigate the legal… Read More »


The Use of Social Media as Evidence in Criminal Cases

By Phillip J. Murphy |

Social media is being used and relied on more and more in criminal cases each day. Yet while prosecutors are reportedly able to obtain a search warrant in order to compel disclosure of information about a criminal defendant from a third party social media source, it can arguably be more difficult in general for… Read More »

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