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Tag Archives: Criminal Law

Criminal Defendant Required to Provide Smartphone Fingerprint, but Not Passcode

A Virginia state judge ruled last week that law enforcement may require a criminal defendant to provide his fingerprint — but not his passcode — to unlock a smartphone that might contain evidence that would be used against him at trial. In Commonwealth v. Baust, the police sought access to the smartphone of David Charles Baust, …

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Employer Used As Means to Commit Crime not a Victim under Restitution Act, Fourth Circuit Court Rules

The Mandatory Victims Restitution Act of 1996 (“MVRA”) provides that a victim of a federal crime may be entitled to an order of restitution for certain losses suffered as a direct result of the commission of the crime for which the defendant was convicted.  A question that courts sometimes face is whether a company can be considered …

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