Staying Logged In All The Time? Diversify for Privacy



Privacy, surveillance & civil litigation: a Massachusetts guide for private investigators

The Massachusetts Bar Association hosts a good summary of privacy laws as they apply to video surveillance in Massachusetts civil litigation, including insurance cases. One of the leading cases in Mass. is DiGirolamo v. D.P. Anderson & Associates, Inc., The court wrote that investigators may generally observe, or photograph a person in public places. A gray area arises when a person enters the privacy of their own home. The court looked at 4 scenarios as to whether a private investigator violates a person's statutory right to privacy:

~ the investigator looks through a window into an apartment with the naked eye;

~ the investigator looks with the naked eye when a person walks out onto a balcony;

~ the investigator photographs, or looks at the person on a balcony with enhanced vision;

~ the investigator photographs or looks at a person inside the home with enhanced vision.
 
The Mass. court concluded that only the fourth scenario would constitute an unreasonable and substantial interference with the plaintiff’s right to privacy.

The court adopted the United States Supreme Court’s Fourth Amendment analysis from Oliver v. United States. It also quoted a Second Circuit Court of Appeals’ case United States v. Taborda: “Observation of objects and activities inside a person’s home by unenhanced vision from a location where the observer may properly be does not impair a legitimate expectation of privacy. However, any enhanced viewing of the interior of a home does impair a legitimate expectation of privacy.”

Written by lawyers Joseph M. Desmond & David Viens, this article has some good information on Massachusetts state laws applicable to video surveillance, audio recordings, pretext interviews and pretrial discovery.

Memo from the Warden, 1941, Sing Sing Prison, New York


Thanks to John Jay College for preserving this artifact, which I dug up on an unusual research project for a client.



Excellent result for public records law in Massachusetts.

Excellent result for public records law in Massachusetts. "Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman."- Louis D. Brandeis



Why Words Matter: Good Intel, Bad Reports, Ugly Outcomes



It is over: No retrial for client in Lowell blaze

Client Victor Rosario, who spent over three decades years in prison before convictions for arson and eight counts of murder were overturned, will not be retried according to the District Attorney Marian Ryan. Superior Court Judge Kathe Tuttman overturned Rosario's convictions in 2014, based partly on new forensic science cast doubt on whether the fire was actually arson as well as other factors in our re-investigation of the case.

Mr. Rosario is now married and works as a minister in Dorchester.

The Law and Science of Eyewitness Identification


I summarized some key points for investigators in a piece for
PURSUIT MAGAZINE on the new scientific studies being done in the field of eyewitness identification and memory.




Below are links to case law, scientific studies and law enforcement training guides and videos. Most of this collection was put together by the organizers of the National Symposium on Eyewitness Identification Reform held at Yale Law School, which I was fortunate to attend in July 2016.

- John Nardizzi


Court Cases

Law Enforcement Training Curriculum

Law Enforcement Videos

Model Legislation, Policies and Practices

Related Studies and Articles

FBI reports code names & acronyms & abbreviations

This website of FBI acronyms, code names and abbreviations may be of use if you need to decipher FBI reports.

https://sites.google.com/site/ernie124102/foia/fbi-info

FBI reports are often generated in connection with civil or criminal litigation. Some of the acronyms and code names can be tough to decipher but they sure are fun. SPECTAR? BLACK BAG JOBS? GHETTO INFORMANT PROGRAM?

And use a VPN because Jedgar's boys are probably running the site anyway…