The Law Blog

FERGUSON, MISSOURI, 8/19/2014.

Posted by Edmund R. Folsom August 19, 2014 Why was Michael Brown shot to death by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer? Don’t bother trying to tell me, because one thing I’m sure of is you don’t have a clue. None of the pundits spouting off

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CHANCES OF OUI ARREST HIGH IF STOPPED BY MAINE POLICE.

Posted by Edmund R. Folsom August 8, 2014   In a previous post, I examined the sharp downward trend in OUI arrests in Maine overall, accompanied by a sharp upward trend in alcohol test results below .0.08%.

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SEX TRAFFICKING, PROSTITUTION & JAILING JOHNS.

Posted by Edmund R. Folsom July 24, 2014 The Maine Legislature made some changes to Maine’s prostitution statutes over the past year or so, attempting to address the problem of “human trafficking” or “sex trafficking.” Some odd twists

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MAINE OUI CHANGES EFFECTIVE 8/1/14.

Posted July 11, 2014, by Edmund R. Folsom. A couple of recent changes to Maine’s OUI laws take effect on August 1, 2014. As a general rule, prior OUI convictions serve to increase mandatory punishment for subsequent offenses, but only if the

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MACDL OUI DEFENSE SEMINAR, 8/22/14, FREEPORT.

Posted June 27, 2014, by Edmund R. Folsom   On August 22, 2014, I’ll be on the faculty of an OUI defense seminar organized by the Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, at the Hilton Garden Inn, in Freeport. This seminar will have

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SUP. CT. REJECTS WARRANTLESS CELL PHONE SEARCHES.

Posted June 25, 2014, by Edmund R. Folsom.   In Riley v. California, 573 U.S. __ (June 25, 2014), a unanimous Supreme Court held that, as a general rule, police are required to obtain a warrant before they are allowed to search for data

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A CONSERVATIVE CALL FOR LESS INCARCERATION.

Posted June 23, 2014, by Edmund R. Folsom.   Below is a link to a pretty good op. ed. piece about the overuse of incarceration as a response to crime. Most people favor jail and prison sentences for those convicted of crimes, except when

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MAINE CRIME RATE DOWN 9.1% IN 2013.

Posted June 18, 2014, by Edmund R. Folsom. Maine’s Department of Public Safety reports that Maine’s crime rate dropped 9.1% last year.  That’s remarkable!  The 2012 spike in pharmacy robberies tapered off in 2013, as overall robberies

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BOND V. U.S., FEDERAL OVERREACH EXEMPLIFIED.

Posted June 5, 2014, by Edmund R. Folsom.   An interesting U.S. Supreme Court opinion was issued on Monday, June 2, 2014. In Bond v. United States, 572 U.S. __ (2014), the Court was presented with questions about the limits of the federal

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MAINE CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS.

Posted June 3, 2014, by Edmund R. Folsom.   What shows up on a person’s Maine criminal history report? People who have been charged with a crime are forever raising questions about what will show up on their criminal record if a prospective

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