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Judge throws out evidence gathered by agents posing as Caesars Palace Internet repairmen


Caesars_Palace_lobbyIt’s a scene right out of Oceans Fourteen: The FBI deliberately cuts off Internet service to a gambler’s hotel room in order to force him to call for maintenance service. The repair man, of course, is actually an undercover agent who, acting without a warrant, uses his visit to the room to surreptitiously gather evidence of the suspect’s illegal gambling operation.

Unfortunately for the feds, things don’t work the same in real life as they do in the movies. Where by “things” I mean the fourth amendment’s protections against unlawful search and seizure.

As reported by Courthouse News,  U.S. District Judge Andrew Gordon has thrown out all of the evidence gathered during the illegal search of Wei Seng Phua’s hotel room at Caesar’s Palace. The investigation had been triggered by the hotel itself after staff spotted what appeared to be evidence on Phua’s computer of illegal betting on the World Cup. The hotel contacted the Nevada Gaming Control Board which decided to bring in the FBI.

Reports Courthouse News:

Then the agents used facts they got during their illegal entry to obtain a search warrant for all three villas on July 9, and seized evidence. The FBI on July 14 charged Phua with transmission of wagering information and operating an illegal gambling business. Phua filed two motions to suppress the evidence, which Gordon granted, but the complaint is still active.



Leader of German anti-Muslim movement resigns after posing as Hitler in Facebook photo




The leader of an anti-Muslim movement in Germany resigned Wednesday after a Facebook picture of him posing as Hitler went viral and prompted heavy backlash.

Lutz Bachmann was the former chairman of Pegida, or the Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West, a far-right political movement that has become notorious in Europe for anti-immigrant ideals and frequent protests.

In the photo, Bachmann sports a toothbrush mustache and wears his hair combed straight and parted on the side, much like Hitler. Bachmann defended the picture to German newspaper Bild, which ran the photo on its front page. Bachmann described the picture as a joke that he posted to coincide with the release of a satirical Hitler audiobook Read more…

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