Justice Department Advises Against Throwing Poor People In Jail For Not Paying Fines

Rick Drew

While debtor prisons have long been outlawed, failure to pay a court-ordered fine or fee can get you locked up. But in a letter sent yesterday to state court administrators, the Department of Justice advises against using the penal system as a way to collect debts. [More]

Facebook’s WhatsApp May Be Next In Law Enforcement’s Privacy Battle

Facebook’s WhatsApp May Be Next In Law Enforcement’s Privacy Battle

The federal government’s courtroom war with Apple over iPhone encryption may be grabbing all the headlines, but a number of tech companies offer devices, apps, and messaging services with privacy settings that frustrate police investigations. And according to a new report, the Facebook-owned WhatsApp instant messaging app could be the next to face a legal challenge from the feds. [More]

Adam Fagen

Apple Accuses DOJ Of “Smear” Campaign In Fight Over Unlocking Shooter’s iPhone

The legal tug-of-war over whether or not Apple can be forced to unlock a secure iPhone continued last night, with the U.S. Justice Department filing a sharp rebuke to Apple’s claims that it can’t legally be compelled to rewrite its software, and with Apple responding by accusing federal prosecutors of operating a “smear” campaign through the court system. [More]

Horrible Taco Bell Customer Tosses Drink In Employee’s Face; Doesn’t Realize Drive-Thru Has Cameras

Milltown PD

What sort of childhood trauma brings one to the point of deciding to throw a drink in the face of a fast food worker? More importantly, what sort of person does this today and doesn’t think they will be photographed from multiple angles? [More]

Dozens Of Tech Experts Ask Court To Not Force Apple To Unlock iPhone

Dozens Of Tech Experts Ask Court To Not Force Apple To Unlock iPhone

The day after Apple filed its formal objection to a Feb. 16 court order compelling the company to assist the FBI in unlocking an iPhone that belonged to one of the terrorists who killed 14 people last December in California, a group of nearly four dozen tech industry experts have asked the court to rethink its decision. [More]

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Apple “Formally Objects” To Court Order To Unlock San Bernardino Shooter’s iPhone

Hours after Apple and the FBI faced off before a Congressional panel on the matters of encryption, privacy, and law enforcement, the company officially filed its objection to a court order directing it to assist the FBI in unlocking an iPhone that belonged to one of the terrorists who killed 14 people in San Bernardino, CA, on Dec. 2, 2015. [More]

Wallet Thief Sends Note To Victim: “Shop Less… Enjoy More”

CBS Los Angeles

A wallet thief in California had the courtesy to return their victim’s credit cards and driver’s license, but they also decided this incident should be some sort of teachable moment. [More]

Apple Working On iPhone That Even It Wouldn’t Be Able To Hack

Apple Working On iPhone That Even It Wouldn’t Be Able To Hack

While Apple and federal law enforcement officials argue over whether or not the company should aid in the hacking of a terrorist’s locked iPhone, the company has reportedly begun work on a version of the device that even its creators would not be able to unlock. [More]

The teenager opened up a clinic in this building in West Palm Beach, FL.

Teen Arrested For Passing Himself Off As A Doctor, Opening Clinic

In a combination of Doogie Howser, MD and Catch Me If You Can, a Florida teenager has been arrested for not merely posing as a medical doctor, but for going so far as to open up his own clinic, complete with a website. [More]

6 Walmart Trucks Shot At On Oklahoma Highway Since Sunday

6 Walmart Trucks Shot At On Oklahoma Highway Since Sunday

A number of Walmart trucks have arrived at their destination this week, only to find out that they had been used as target practice while driving along a stretch of highway in Oklahoma. [More]

ID Thieves Attack IRS Website Using 460,000 Stolen Social Security Numbers

ID Thieves Attack IRS Website Using 460,000 Stolen Social Security Numbers

One of the worst things an identity thief can do with a stolen Social Security number is use it to then claim that person’s tax refunds. The Internal Revenue Service has revealed that ID thieves recently tried to attack IRS.gov in an effort to cash in on 460,000 stolen SSNs. [More]

Cheese Company With Leaky Roof, “Uncleanable Surfaces” Pleads Guilty To Selling Listeria-Tainted Food

Cheese Company With Leaky Roof, “Uncleanable Surfaces” Pleads Guilty To Selling Listeria-Tainted Food

Perhaps you’d like to think that your shrink-wrapped ready-to-eat cheese was made in something resembling a science-fiction movie — stark white walls, spotless machines, a few doctor-like employees supervising the sterile process behind surgical masks. You certainly don’t imagine the conditions that got one Delaware cheese company shut down. [More]

Fired St. Louis Cardinals Exec To Plead Guilty To Hacking Houston Astros Front Office

Fired St. Louis Cardinals Exec To Plead Guilty To Hacking Houston Astros Front Office

Sports-related chicanery often ends in suspensions and the occasional expulsion, but rarely does it rise to the level of actual crime. Then again, it’s not every day that one team illegally breaches the private network of another. [More]

U.S. Marshals Raid CES Booth To Seize Alleged Knockoff Scooters

On the left is the alleged knockoff from Changzhou, which currently sells for $550 on Alibaba, about 1/3 the price of the $1,499 Future Motion Onewheel on the right.

We’ve seen lots of odd things at CES International over the years — live kangaroos, stormtroopers, boxing matches, Seth Rogen — but one thing we’ve never seen before is U.S. marshals seizing knockoff products for alleged patent infringement. [More]

Domino’s Driver Stabs Customer For Complaining About Pizza Being 90 Minutes Late

Domino’s Driver Stabs Customer For Complaining About Pizza Being 90 Minutes Late

Remember when Domino’s Pizza used to guarantee that you’d get your order in 30 minutes? The company stopped that promotion because some drivers were putting lives at risk with their dangerous driving. But it looks like delivering a pizza 90 minutes late can be just as harmful. [More]

What Does It Take To Get On The FDA’s “Most Wanted” List?

What Does It Take To Get On The FDA’s “Most Wanted” List?

We all know that law enforcement agencies like the FBI and Interpol publish lists of fugitives wanted for things like murder, armed robbery, terrorism, and kidnappings. But did you know that the Food and Drug Administration also maintains a list of “Most Wanted” fugitives? [More]

Your Cable Company Will Not Ask You To Make Your Payment At A Gas Station

Your Cable Company Will Not Ask You To Make Your Payment At A Gas Station

Some scams are so outrageously stupid, we have a hard time believing anyone falls for them. But scammers would pull these obvious tricks if they didn’t work at least some of the time. [More]

Netflix “Making A Murderer” Documentary Inspires Viewers To Seek Justice… Through Yelp

Netflix “Making A Murderer” Documentary Inspires Viewers To Seek Justice… Through Yelp

Netflix recently premiered a 10-part true-crime documentary Making A Murderer, about controversial murder investigation in Wisconsin. Some viewers of the show have been so moved by what they’ve watched that they’re forming virtual picket lines on Yelp and other review sites. [More]