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Ankle monitoring technology criticized by civil rights groups

The use of ankle monitoring bracelets by law enforcement in Ohio and around the country has more than doubled since 2005 according to data from the Pew Charitable Trusts, and this has raised the concerns of America's civil rights advocacy groups. Electronic monitoring is portrayed by the authorities as a progressive and cost-effective alternative to incarceration for nonviolent offenders, but critics of the technology claim that the devices are intrusive, may be unconstitutional and condemn offenders to virtual prisons.

Supreme Court makes landmark Fourth Amendment ruling

Police officers in Ohio and around the country are generally required to obtain warrants before obtaining personal documents and papers, but information that is willingly shared with others, such as telephone companies or banks, is not protected by the Fourth Amendment under what is known as the third-party doctrine. The digital age has greatly changed the way information is collected, distributed and stored, and the scope of both the Fourth Amendment and the third-party doctrine have become contentious legal issues as a result.

Eyewitness identification reforms could reduce conviction errors

Not every criminal suspect in Ohio identified by an eyewitness is the guilty party. Research studies have found that witnesses are prone to mistakes that get reinforced as criminal cases progress through the justice system. Reforms adopted by some law enforcement agencies have shown strong potential for reducing identification errors that lead to wrongful convictions.

Warrantless car searches

Search warrants are an important privacy protection provided by the Fourth Amendment. Ohio residents often expect this law to protect them from unlawful searches and privacy violations by police. There are situations, however, when police may search a vehicle without a warrant. Determining whether a vehicle search was legal or not is an important part of many criminal cases.

Proposed law could impact drunk drivers - if it passes

In an effort to save the lives of potentially hundreds of people, an Ohio family has worked tirelessly since losing a loved one in a drunk driving incident in 2013 to pass what has come to be known as "Annie's Law." On Nov. 15, however, media sources reported that as the year's end approaches, the family may be running out of time.

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