Maryland legislature seeks to prevent police from electronically monitoring cell phones

The Maryland legislature is considering passing four bills that would rein in the ability of law enforcement to electronically monitor citizens by tracking their phones. Currently, there are no laws requiring that police obtain a warrant before tracking an individual’s phone, causing critics to argue that policy has not kept up with technology. Those in opposition to the bills claim that these laws would impede officials’ ability to complete their duties effectively. Read more in this Capital News Service story on Patch.com.

“ReInvent Law NYC implores lawyers to embrace change and technology” (ABA Journal)

More than 800 people from the legal industry attended the ReInvent Law conference in February, which encouraged lawyers to embrace technology to better serve their clients. Many speakers at the conference stressed the need for lawyers and firms to embrace new technology and the change that comes along with it. The conference also highlighted the increasing discrepancy between the traditional fee structure of billing per hour and the need to cut costs and increase efficiency. The ABA Journal has the full story.

“Australian police get hand-held 3D crime scene laser scanner” (Phys Org)

Police in Australia have started using a device that allows them to accurately reconstruct crime scenes in three dimensions in about 20 minutes. The images that the device produces can be used in criminal investigations and at jury trials. The device is called a Zebedee scanner, and it uses redirected laser beams to create 2D readings, which a computer then pieces together in 3D. Read more about the device and how it works at Phys Org.