Law enforcement's tracking of cell phones has become a powerful and widely used surveillance tool for both federal authorities and local police alike with hundreds of departments aggressively tracking cell phones with little to no court oversight. The practice of tracking cell phones and smartphones has become big business for companies with some carriers marketing a host of services to law enforcement for "surveillance fees." That smartphone in a client's pocket may be able to determine a suspect's location, trace phone calls and texts or provide other services to inquiring law enforcement. Some in law enforcement describe these devices as"the virtual biographer of our daily activities" and yet, there are pitfalls, misleading data and misunderstood technology which may lead to erroneous conclusions by law enforcement and attorneys alike. This discussion will get attorneys started on learning the lay of the land and help attendees understand the issues, the technology and the problems with over reliance on these "virtual biographers."
These presentations were recorded August 23-25, 2012, during the Multi-Track Seminar and the Fundamentals of Federal Criminal Defense Training in Chicago, Illinois.
The Multi-Track Seminar was designed to offer in-depth instruction in a variety of substantive criminal defense areas. The five tracks for 2012 in Chicago were: 1) Sentencing in a Post-Booker World; 2) Immigration and a Closer Look at Padilla; 3) Computer Crimes, Social Networking and the Electronic Footprint We Leave; 4) Science, Experts and the National Academy of Science Report (NAS); and 5) Trial Skills: Techniques & Issues. Tracks 1-4 were presented in four distinct hour-long time blocks. These sessions were presented on Thursday, August 23, 2012 and then repeated on Friday, August 24, 2012. This design provided seminar participants with the opportunity to attend two of the four separate tracks taking place on Thursday and Friday.
On Saturday, August 25, 2012, seminar participants had the opportunity to attend both plenary and small group breakout sessions for the 5th track, Trial Skills: Techniques & Issues. Saturday sessions addressed topics of general interest and importance to criminal defense practitioners during trials. Each Saturday session was provided twice so attendees could attend two areas of interest concerning trial techniques & issues.
The following sessions were recorded and are available for viewing:
August 23, 2012
Office of Defender Services Training Branch
This Seminar is presented free of charge.