In the wake of the Edward Snowden leaks detailing NSA bulk data collection techniques, warrant-less wiretaps, and other Orwellian-like practices, many people feel as though the tools the US federal government are utilizing in these endeavors are some advanced out-of-reach form of technology. While there is no private sector alternative to wiretaps, many people are not aware of the fact that the same databases that they hear about government agencies such as the National Security Agency using, are the databases that have been used by skilled private investigators for years.
First of all, as much as it pains me to preface this post like I must, it is important to make it clear that no profession is without it’s ignorant, mis-informed, and downright stupid people. The Private Investigator Profession is just like any other profession; it has its share of “Dipsticks”. What amazes me is the number of Private Investigators that can not correctly interpret a court’s ruling. While it is true that these rulings can generally only go one of two ways, there is much to be gleaned from reading these rulings in their entirety. It is shameful to have to admit that some Private Investigators don’t understand the value of reading these rulings in their entirety. [Read more…]
I’d call this a heck of a win for Jose Baez and a humiliating loss for the prosecution.
Consider that Jose Baez was the “underdog” with no “death penalty case” experience prior to this case. Further consider that Jeff Ashton is a renowned Prosecutor with several murder trials under his belt. If you watched the media during the trial, almost every one of the commentators that are attorneys and investigators were putting Jose Baez under the microscope for what they all perceived as mistakes and praising Jeff Ashton for every little thing he did, with the exception of Sunny Hostin. Looking at these points you can only conclude that Jose Baez did a heck of a job on this case in the face of some overwhelming odds. [Read more…]
If you have been following this blog then you are aware of The David Riley Case. It has been all over this blog. Of course you have seen the mistreatment of David Riley at the hands of the Columbia Police Department. Of course you know that David Riley took a plea deal to do two (2) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections after being “blackmailed” by Boone County Prosecutor Brent Nelson into this plea arrangement.
Of course we all know that if a person has a family and they are the victim of an overzealous Prosecutor that causes them to be wrongfully imprisoned; there are more victims than just the defendant in a case like this. That defendant’s family also becomes victimized by this overzealous Prosecutor. In the David Riley case, there is his wife and three (3) children that are the victims of Prosecutor Brent Nelson’s underhanded tactics. [Read more…]
If you’ll remember a while back I posted an article about Skipsmasher. This is a database that uses one of the most invasive methods of all for gathering information about a person. Skipsmasher employs a deceptive method for obtaining a consumer’s exact location with an annoying text to a person’s cell phone, at which time when the consumer receives this nagging and annoying text they are presented with an option t opt out. When the consumer opts out, their exact location is sent to the customer of Skipsmasher that pays about $3.00 for this information.
Imagine that, you are at your child’s school, now someone knows where you child goes to school at. You are at your bank, now some stranger knows where you bank at. You are at your girlfriend’s house, now some stranger knows where your girlfriend lives. As a PI, I can tell you that it is not hard to deduct what this information that the person employing this deceptive tactic means. This is really scary when you consider the implications. A Pi can charge a client $30.00 to find out where you are at, anytime of the day. That client of the PI can be a stalker, a murderer, a rapist, whoever can come up with $30.00. And if that client of the PI can come up $300.00, that client can determine your travel habits and routines. And you, the unsuspecting target; you will NEVER know just how much of your real time, personal details have just been obtained by this complete stranger. [Read more…]