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Submission + - Jury Acquits Citizens of Illegally Filming Police (masslive.com)

sexybomber writes: The Springfield (MA) Republican reports that two men accused of illegally filming the process as they bailed friends out of jail last summer, were acquitted of all charges Tuesday. Pete Eyre and Adam Mueller initially were granted permission to film the bail process, but later were forbidden by jail officials from recording the procedure. When they continued to digitally recording their encounter with jail officials, they were arrested by police. Eyre and Mueller testified that they never attempted to hide the fact that they were recording at the jail. Not only did they ask permission to film the bail-out process — which initially was granted — but their recording devices were "out in the open," Eyre said. The Jury found the defendants not guilty of three criminal counts: Each was acquitted of unlawful wiretapping, while Mueller also was acquitted of a charge of resisting arrest.

Submission + - U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Indefinite Confinement

An anonymous reader writes: The United States Supreme Court today upheld a law that allows the Federal government to keep prison inmates behind bars beyond the end of their sentences, if officials determine they may be "sexually dangerous" in the future. The case involves one Graydon Comstock, who was certified as "dangerous" six days before his 37-month federal prison term for processing child pornography was to end. Granted, the law is currently limited to sex offenders who no one is clamoring to defend, but given the sometimes dubious nature of sex-offense convictions and the slow creep of otherwise-reasonable laws, how long will it be before we see it used in a manner other than that for which it was intended?

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