On December 9, 2008, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in Arizona v. Johnson – the case about whether an articulable suspicion is enough to allow a police officer to pat down a passanger. The Petitioner will argue that, under Terry, pat downs are reasonable whenever an officer lawfully seizes a person and has a resonable belief that the person is dangerous, the officer may pat that person down . The defense will respond that Terry requires both reasonable suspicion of criminal activity and resonable suspicion of a threat to safety for a valid protective search.
Jemar Barksdale will serve between six and twenty-three months of home confinement following his guilty plea – he was one of the ACORN workers who falsified voter registration cards in Pennsylvania. He will also need to pay ACORN $574 in restitution because he forged the registration cards.
Scientific American has an interesting podcast discussion on the effectiveness of the broken windows crime theory. Check out the full transcript below or listen to the podcast here.