The March 2018 NACDL Champion magazine has interesting information.
GUANTANAMO. A news article relates that roughly 780 individuals have been detained at this facility since 2002.
POSTPARTUM DISORDERS. A new hope for defenders – post-partum depression and/or psychosis. The condition is described as being far more serious than “baby blues.” Supposedly, postpartum depression affects one in seven new mothers – roughly 800,000 American women annually. A new Illinois statute recognizes the condition as partial justification for criminal conduct, on both findings and sentence.
SHOTSPOTTER. A new technology claims it can detect when a gun is being discharged through a system of rooftop microphones, particularly used in high crime areas. A short article cautions that the new technology is far from reliable.
BORDER SEARCHES. Border searches are a recognized exemption to the Fourth amendment. The problem arises because of the Homeland Security practice of warrantless searches of laptops and computers at the US border. Riley v. California is a recent unanimous Supreme Court decision holding that a warrant is required to search a cell phone seized incident to arrest. But do the same considerations apply at US national borders? The law is in flux at the moment, the article concludes.