Symposium

Privacy Rights and Proactive Investigations: Emerging Constitutional Issues in Law Enforcement


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Our March 28th symposium examines growing tensions between constitutional safeguard and effective law enforcement in Maryland and across the nation including the validity of DNA databases, new approaches and the latest thinking on witness identifications, and the use of tracking devices after United States v. Jones, with forthcoming articles by several of our panelists serving as the foundation for the debate.  Author biographies and article synopses can be found here.

I.  GPS TRACKING AFTER UNITED STATES v. JONES

(1)  Nancy Forster, Former Public Defender for the State of Maryland:  Back to the Future: United States v. Jones Resuscitates Property Law Concepts in Fourth Amendment Jurisprudence.

(2) Jason Medinger, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland:                                      Post-Jones: How District Courts are Answering the Myriad Questions Raised by the Supreme Court’s Decision in United States v. Jones.

(3) Nancy Oliver, Division Counsel, Department of Justice – ATF:  Location, Location, Location: Balancing Crime Fighting Needs and Privacy Rights.

II. INNOVATIONS IN SUSPECT IDENTIFICATION

(1) Frederick Bealefeld, Former Commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department:  Research and Reality: Better Understanding the Debate between Sequential and Simultaneous Photo Arrays.

(2) Rebecca Brown, Director of State Policy Reform, Innocence Project, and Stephen Saloom, Policy Director, Innocence Project:  Improving Eyewitness Identifications: The Imperative of Reform and the Role of Police Leadership.

III. MARYLAND’S DNA DATABASE LAWS AND KING

(1) Jessica Gabel, Associate Professor, Georgia State University College of Law:  Indecent Exposure: Genes are More than a Brand Name Label in the DNA Database Debate.

(2) Rana Santos, DNA Technical Leader for the Baltimore Police Department : Why DNA Databasing is Good for Maryland: A DNA Analyst’s Perspective.

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