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Feb 13, 2011

Does a cellphone equal a computer? 8th Circuit ruling says it does

When is a phone not just a phone? When a federal court declares it’s a computer. That’s what happened last week, when the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lengthier sentence for a man for his use of a computer in commission of a crime.

Feb 9, 2011

Criminal Law: Sentencing – Computer Use – Cell Phone

U.S. v. Kramer (MLW No. 61781/Case No. 10-1983 – 8 pages) (U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit, Wollman, J.)

Jan 7, 2010

Criminal Law: Warrant Application – Computer Examination – Child Pornography

U.S. v. Mutschelknaus (MLW No. 60037/Case No. 09-1106 – 6 pages) (U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit, Gruender, J.) Where an application for a search warrant described how a child pornography investigation developed, described the images seized and the investigating officer’s training and experience, information in the application was sufficient to allow the judge to […]

Sep 24, 2009

Computer upgrade marks end of a close friendship

Every so often you have to do it. When the time comes, which it will, you just have to suck it up and make the change. The telltale signs are everywhere, but sometimes the person closest to the situation – in this case, me – is the last to know. Then friends step in and […]

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