201703.08
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Nowata Sheriff, Undersheriff, and Jail Administrator all resign

News outlets are reporting on several resignations from the Nowata County Sheriff’s Office this past week. According to reports, Sheriff Rick Miller, the Undersheriff, and the Jail Administrator have all turned in their resignations. The resignations are surprising given the relative importance of the three positions, both individually and collectively. In most counties, the Board…

Title IX and Sexual Assaults on Campus
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Title IX and Sexual Assaults on Campus

Schools and campuses are supposed to be a place where students can learn and should feel safe. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Whether it is the school or college’s reputation or the fear of repercussions based upon an investigation, a problem is growing on campuses everywhere. Sexual violence on campuses is going unreported by…

What to know about injuries caused by fireworks
201607.05
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What to know about injuries caused by fireworks

As we wrap up another July 4th celebration, most of us are a little sluggish the next day due to fireworks continuing late into the night. For others, the long term consequences of their July 4th celebrations are far more serious with long lasting injuries. The vast majority of fireworks injuries occur where an individual inadvertently…

City settles case of extended stop
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City settles case of extended stop

This month the City of Checotah settled a case alleging its police officer unlawfully extended a traffic stop in violation of Rodriguez v. United States. In Rodriguez the Supreme Court held that police cannot prolong a routine traffic stop to conduct an investigation that is unrelated to the mission of the stop itself. In other…

Court: Fido is an “effect” under the Fourth
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Court: Fido is an “effect” under the Fourth

Can a police officer violate the Fourth Amendment by shooting your dog? On Monday the Tenth Circuit joined a growing number of appellate courts that have answered the question in the affirmative. In Mayfields v. Bethards, two deputies left their patrol car, entered the Mayfield’s property without a warrant, approached the porch and shot their Malmute…

201603.09
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The lying meter maid, its not a federal case

Is lying to police about a driver’s conduct fairly attributable to employment duties as a parking enforcement officer? The Tenth Circuit was recently called upon to answer this question. In Schaffer v. Salt Lake City Corp., Diana Schaffer parallel parked in a no parking zone and ticketed by two parking enforcement officers. When Schaffer returned, the officers…