Heien v. North Carolina: can a mistake of law justify a stop?

Heien v. North Carolina mistake of law

This term, the U.S. Supreme Court begins hearing oral arguments on October 6, 2014. Thier first case, Heien v North Carolina, presents a pretty interesting criminal law issue: can a police officer’s reasonable, but mistaken understanding of the law be a valid basis for detaining a citizen? [Read more…]

Foreclosure in Maine just got harder especially with MERS

foreclosure in maine is difficult for banksOn 7/3/14, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court decided Bank of America v. Greenleaf and dropped a bomb on residential mortgage foreclosure in Maine. The opinion vacates the trial court’s $560,000  foreclosure judgment against the Greenleafs. The court found that the bank had no authority to foreclose and that the evidence they offered at trial was insufficient. [Read more…]