Legal Update

Legal Update January/February 2021

Larry E. Holtz, Esq. US Supreme Court to Decide Warrantless “Hot Pursuit” Home Entry for a Minor Offense In Lange v. California (US 20-18) (cert. granted 10-19-20), the United States Supreme Court agreed to decide the issue of whether a police officer may make a warrantless home entry when the officer is in pursuit of a person of whom the officer has probable cause to believe has committed a jailable misdemeanor offense. In the case description below, the defendant, Arthur…

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Larry E. Holtz, Esq. DEADLY FORCE: AN OFFICER’S FAILURE TO SHOUT A WARNING In its first decision of 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court renders a determination regarding qualified immunity in a police shooting case. Recently, in White v. Pauly, 137 S.Ct. 548 (2017), the United States Supreme Court addressed “the situation of an officer who – having arrived late at an ongoing police action and having witnessed shots being fired by one of several individuals in a house surrounded by…