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Christine Sullivan and Jenna Pellegrini were stabbed multiple times in a home in Farmington, New Hampshire in January 2017 and their bodies laid under a tarp in the backyard. Among the possible evidence police gathered from the home was an Amazon Echo smart speaker device in the kitchen. Prosecutors believe the device may have been activated during one of the murders.

On Friday, an Amazon spokesperson told the AP it won't release customer information "without a valid and binding legal demand properly served on us." But that order looks like it will be coming. Judge Steven Houran ordered Amazon to release any recordings from the Echo, along with any associated data, like which phones might have been paired to the smart speaker device.

120 Arrested in Massive Methamphetamine Bust

Johnson County, Indianapolis is doing its part to fight the war on drugs, using over 200 officers from over 10 counties to arrest 120 methamphetamine, cocaine, and heroin dealers wanted on felony charges. Making good on its promise the last time they reeled in 63 offenders, Prosecutor Bradley Cooper said, "if you are going to deal drugs in Johnson County, law enforcement here is going to go after you, find you and arrest you."

What's a Proper Strip Search?

Around 40 plaintiffs have sued the Lewis & Clark County detention center for unlawful strip searches under the Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution. At the heart of the claim is not only the way the searches were conducted, but on whom. Many of these plaintiffs claim that these searches were not based on reasonable suspicion.

What are the parameters for strip searches? Here are your legal rights.

Ah, the polygraph -- a staple of crime dramas. There's the suspect, sweating it out as dancing needles reveal if he's telling the truth. While they may not be admissible as evidence in a criminal trial, and their accuracy remains a mystery, they remain a common trope of legal fiction, and legal fact. But what if you had one for the written word?

European researchers think they've developed a tool that can help police identify false statements regarding mugging-style robberies, which could also be used to weed out other false police reports.

FBI Wants Google Data on Users Close to Robberies

Hand over the data, and no one gets hurt.

The FBI wants Google to turn over location data on its users in close proximity and time to four robberies in Virginia. To date Google claims that it will not honor such broad requests. These "reverse location" requests, which are not tied to a specific device, may be unconstitutional; they are similar to overly broad "general warrants," which violate the Fourth Amendment. But this case does beg the question: does the elimination of racial profiling through big data policing outweigh the people's right to privacy?

3 Common Examples of Police Misconduct

Police misconduct and harassment is unfortunately still an evil that comes with the broad, discretionary powers that officers are granted. In some areas, it has become so commonplace that many don't even realize it is illegal, and actionable. Here are three common examples of police misconduct.

Most of the time, when a police officer pulls you over they will just ask some questions about your license, registration, speedometer, and whether you saw that stop sign you rolled through. But every now and then, a traffic stop will get a little more serious, and officers will threaten to or actually call for canine reinforcement.

So, are cops allowed to dog search your vehicle for drugs during any traffic stop? Do they need a warrant? Here's what you need to know.

There is a rule of thumb in the data security realm that advises against hooking anything up to the internet that doesn't need to be, the idea being that internet connectivity is a door through which most every hacker finds their way in. In fact, a group of researchers discovered a way that even Google's Nest smart home thermostats could be hacked, two years ago.

As it turns out, hackers aren't the only ones you should be worried about when it comes to smart home device security -- cops are coming for your data, too. According to Nest's own transparency report, law enforcement has requested data at least 300 times over the past three years. And as Nest has grown from thermostats to surveillance cameras, the amount of data potentially available to cops has expanded exponentially.

Earlier this summer, a Pennsylvania grand jury report detailed decades of sexual abuse allegations in six Catholic dioceses in the state. The report included thousands of child victims, over three hundred "predator priests," and an "Appendix of Offenders" section that ran over 550 pages. And even after all that, the grand jury reiterated that, "while the list of priests is long, we don't think we got them all."

That may be the intent of the U.S. Department of Justice, which has opened an investigation of child sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania. The DOJ has served subpoenas on seven of the state's eight dioceses (Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Scranton, Erie, Greensburg, Allentown, and Harrisburg), demanding secret files and testimony from high-ranking leaders. The federal investigation into the Catholic Church could be the first of its kind.

Will I Get Arrested If I Use Drugs During Pregnancy?

Though you may be arrested for using illegal drugs, there are generally no additional criminal charges for doing so while pregnant. Two states, Alabama and South Carolina, have upheld criminal child abuse verdicts for prenatal illegal drug use, primarily on the grounds those states believe a viable fetus is a person. In the other 48 states, you are relatively safe. Tennessee had a specific criminal law against using illegal drugs while pregnant, though it expired in 2016.