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March 2013 Archives

Disorderly intoxication charges for Chicago player after car crash

A fullback for the Chicago Bears was arrested recently while traveling with the team for off-season training. Evan Rodriguez was eventually charged with disorderly intoxication and resisting arrest after allegedly trying to evade police questioning and disrupting an investigation of a car accident in which the player had been a passenger in one of the vehicles.

Court of Appeals limits necessary warnings for suspect in standoff

A state appeals court ruled recently that a suspect who was barricaded in his home was not entitled to Miranda warnings before he spoke on the phone with a detective who was trying to end the standoff. The man was suspected as a possible culprit in the death of his father and had barricaded himself in his home when police arrived to arrest him and begin questioning.

Drug charges dropped for Chicago Bears player

Starting left tackle for the Chicago Bears J'Marcus Webb will not be charged with illegal marijuana possession, according to recent reports. The professional football player was pulled over about six hours south of Chicago when police checked the speed of his car using a radar gun and determined that he was travelling 11 miles per hour above the speed limit. A spokesperson for the police department said that officers found a small amount of marijuana in the player's car, but that they are dismissing the charges for possession of marijuana.

Supreme Court rules in favor of police dog in drug arrest case

The United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of police officers seeking broader use of drug sniffing dogs in establishing proper probable cause for a lawful search. The decision overturned the state supreme court, which ruled that the search was not lawful and provided law enforcement officers with a checklist to justify a search involving a drug dog.

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