Mississippi Capitol Police Changes Rules on Use of Force After String of Shootings

By Stephen J. Haedicke | June 30, 2023

After 17 years, use-of-force policies have been updated after four people were shot by the Mississippi Capitol Police in the first few months of an expanded crime-suppression mission in the city of Jackson.  Although a significant improvement over the prior, outdated policies, the new policies do not contain de-escalation techniques or a ban on chokeholds. […]

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Law Office Files Suit on Behalf of Criminal District Court Employees

By Stephen J. Haedicke | January 30, 2023

Stephen Haedicke is representing six employees of Orleans Parish Criminal District Court who have filed suit over the Court’s failure to enroll them in the proper retirement plan. The Court’s errors have cost the employees thousands of dollars in lost retirement benefits. Read about the case here: https://www.nola.com/news/courts/lawsuit-alleges-criminal-district-court-cost-staffers-thousands-in-retirement-savings/article_b53a5eaa-9e7e-11ed-a6e9-6fe0e3166ef4.html

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Bureau of Prisons Releases Final Rule Codifying Procedures Regarding the Earning and Application of Time Credits Under the First Step Act

By Stephen J. Haedicke | January 31, 2022

The Bureau of Prisons released its final rule codifying BOPs procedures regarding the earning and application of time credits under the First Step Act. (available here).  The rule will apply retroactively, and thousands of people will begin transferring out of prisons immediately. DOJ announced“[i]mplementation will occur on a rolling basis, beginning with immediate releases for inmates whose Time Credits […]

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Federal Rule of Evidence 404(b) for Plaintiffs

By Stephen J. Haedicke | November 29, 2021

I was recently asked to present on a continuing legal education webinar panel for Strafford, a company that produces quality continuing legal education materials for attorneys. I enjoyed presenting with my co-panelists, Beth Boggs of Boggs, Avellino, Lach & Boggs, LLC, and Felicia Long of Hill Hill Carter Franco Cole & Black. For those who […]

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US v. Gallegos, A Tale of Deceit and Consent: The Fifth Circuit Rules on 4th Amendment Challenge to Cell Phone Extraction and Search

By Stephen J. Haedicke | November 5, 2020

In the recent United States v. Gallegos, the Fifth Circuit considered a defendant’s Motion to Suppress evidence of child pornography that had been found during review of cell phone data extracted from the defendant’s cell phone.  Overturning the District Court’s decision to suppress the evidence, the Fifth Circuit held that the defendant had consented to […]

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Fifth Circuit Overturns Criminal Conviction Based on Prosecutor’s Misconduct

By Stephen J. Haedicke | September 14, 2020

Prosecutorial misconduct led the Fifth Circuit to overturn a criminal conviction in the recent decision of United States of America v. Thaddeus Beaulieu.  The Beaulieu case involved a charge of criminal contempt arising from Beaulieu’s refusal to testify in court against individuals involved in car jackings and bank robberies.  After Beaulieu asserted a Fifth Amendment […]

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