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Finding An Investigator

Posted by Bill on September 21, 2009

Well, it has been a while since any good investigative resources were posted, but I will be back in the future.  No longer associated with PIAVA–Private Investigators Association of Virginia.  Good content will continue, however, for all those interested in investigations and investigative resources.  In fact, in you have a question about investigations or need investigative resources, call me for a consultation. 

I continue to operate a private investigation business at Information Insights Inc.com and I also opened a solo law practice–see Lowrance Law LLC.  I have many years of investigative and legal experience.  My legal practice includes family law matter–divorce, custody and support and most important enforcement of post divorce custody, support, visitation and other matters.  Contact me if I can assist you in legal or investigative matters.  Contact information is in upper left corner.

When hiring a private investigator always check the Department of Criminal Justice’s website to determine if the individual or business is properly licensed.  See VA DCJS

Also, check on the experience and dedication of anyone you employ as an investigator.  Fees for private investigators may range from $55 per hour to $150 per hour–sometimes even more depending on the type and complexity of the matter.  Remember the lowest charge does not always mean the best service–experience, education and professionalism count.

Bill Lowrance

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Public Court Records–Free

Posted by Bill on February 13, 2009

The New York Times has interesting story today about PACER the government run federal courts database. See Pacer Here  NYT Story

PACER is the US government site for federal court records.  Pending case information is available along with old, closed case information.  You need an account with them so that you can search the database.  Also, you have to pay 8 cents per page for downloading.  Almost all federal courts are on the system, and you can search by name, case number and in all or individual courts.

According to the NYT story Public Resource is taking the case information from the PACER system and making the information publicly available without charge.  It is a good site to check out if you are doing public record research.

Bill Lowrance

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Fingerprint Evidence–Admissible?

Posted by Bill on April 8, 2008

   LLRX.Com, llrx.com, has posted a very good article on new legal challenges to fingerprint evidence.  The article is by Ken Strutin (JD, MLS) who is an experienced law librarian, criminal defense attorney, and well-known writer and speaker.  Mr. Strutin is the Director of Legal Information Services at the New York State Defenders Association.

He lists many legal resources, case law and fingerprint standards located on the Web.  The next time you are confronted with potential fingerprint evidence think about admissiblibity of such evicence.

Click here Fingerprint Evidence

See a counter view at Reliability of Fingerprint Identification

Bill Lowrance

President PIAVA

Information Insights Inc., McLean, VA

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Virginia Supreme Court Restricts Access To Court Records

Posted by Bill on March 25, 2008

justice.jpg  Recently (March 18, 2008), the Virginia Judicial Council sent a report to the Virginia Supreme Court on a proposed, formal set of Rules of Evidence and on proposed changes to Part Nine to the Supreme Court Rules that would regulate access to public court records. 

Virginia and Massachusetts are the only two states that do not have a formal evidence code.  According to the Virginia Lawyers Weekly, VLW Blog, Click Here, the new evidence code would be similar to the Federal Rules of Evidence, but would adopt most rule language from Virginia case law.  Read the proposed rules Click Here.

Proposed changes to Part Nine of the Supreme Court Rules address concerns of personal and private information being accessible in court records.  The proposed rule provides for sealing of court records, procedures to unseal records and limiting personal information in filings with the court.  Read the proposed changes Click Here

We initially wrote about this in a previous post last year Click Here.   While the Virginia Supreme Court did not act upon the first set of proposed rule changes for access to court records, the Court is considering the Judicial Council’s most recent set of proposed rules for access to public court records.  Chief Justice Leroy Rountree Hassell Sr. told the council that he expects the court to take some time before acting on the proposed rules.  Hopefully, the Supreme Court will consider public comments on the proposed rules.  We shall see.

Access to public court records is important to the legal and professional investigation industry.  Private investigators work for the public, businesses, law firms and attorneys.  In all cases, whether involving fraud, litigation, criminal trials or business due diligence, private investigators must be able to identify, verify and locate individuals referenced in public records.  Without the ability to gather this information, many investigations will fail or the costs will increase so that the public and others cannot afford to prepare their case or conduct due diligence or complete fraud investigations. 

Bill Lowrance

President PIAVA

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Latest Intrigue On Pellicano’s Trial

Posted by Bill on March 1, 2008

justice.jpg  The US Attorney’s office filed a pre-trial document on Friday in prelude to the Pellicano trial next week.  The LA Times ran this story Click her for story  and See latest March 19 story 

As you may remeber Pellicano is Hollywood’s PI who got into serious trouble for doing illegal wiretaps, threats, guns, explosives–you name it.  The indictment speakes for itself.  

Bill Lowrance

President PIAVA

Information Insights Inc.
McLean, VA

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Ask Bill! A Great Legal Research & Reference Site

Posted by Bill on February 21, 2008

justice.jpg  Thanks to AbsTacked for calling attention to Ask Bil, the great site with the great name:

“Ask Bill!” See Best Internet Law Library

Ask Bill provides links to legal information on the Internet for legal researchers in the Seventh Circuit and elsewhere–suitable for finding legal stuff.  The sites have been reviewed, selected and annotated.  Official government sites have been selected wherever possible.

Good site.

Bill Lowrance

President PIAVA

Information Insights Inc.
McLean, VA

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US Case Law–Ever Need To Find A Court Opinion?

Posted by Bill on February 20, 2008

justice.jpg  Ever need to research the “law?”  Go Public Libray of Law. This is a great place to research case law in various courts in the US.  Another law search engine I just discovered is precydent.com. I have not looked at this s/e as much as others, but try it our and let me know if it works.  See also, Cleveland Marshall College of Law More Legal Research Sites

From the site:

“Searching the Web is easy.  Why should searching the law be any different? That’s why Fastcase has created the Public Library of Law — to make it easy to find the law online. PLoL is the largest free law library in the world, because we assemble law available for free scattered across many different sites — all in one place. PLoL is the best starting place to find law on the Web.

What is available on PLoL?
Cases from the U.S. Supreme Court and Courts of Appeals
Cases from all 50 states back to 1997
Federal statutory law and codes from all 50 states
Regulations, court rules, constitutions, and more!”

Good searching to you.

Bill Lowrance

President PIAVA

Information Insights Inc.

McLean, VA

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Pellicano–Hollywood’s PI Trial Soon

Posted by Bill on February 20, 2008

justice  L.A. lawyer Terry Christensen to be tried separately from Pellicano

By Greg Krikorian
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

February 20, 2008

Prominent Los Angeles entertainment attorney Terry N. Christensen will be tried separately from private investigator Anthony Pellicano and his other co-defendants, a federal judge ruled Tuesday, just days before Hollywood’s big wiretapping trial was set to begin. The decision by U.S. District Judge Dale S. Fischer removes the only marquee name from the list of defendants in the long-awaited trial, which is slated to start Feb. 27 with jury selection.  Read Whole StoryBill LowranceBill Lowrance President PIAVA

Information Insights Inc.
McLean, VA

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More Telephone Pretexting–When Will They Learn

Posted by Bill on January 29, 2008

telephone.jpg  The Federal Trade Commission is at it again.  The FTC announced yesterday that a District Court ordered Accusearch in Wyoming not to pretext phone companies and sell the information.  Folks, people or firms who get telephone customer information by pretexting the phone company are not within the law.  Do not deal with them.  See FTC Press Release HereSee PC World Story Here

See Court Order Here

Later I will post other misdeeds or trials for other wayward private investigators.  If anyone wants to hire private investigators make sure they do the work legally and within the law.

Bill Lowrance

President PIAVA

Information Insights Inc.

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Court Records–Need Information

Posted by Bill on January 19, 2008

fairfax-ct-house.jpg Fairfax County, VA, Courthouse, 1863

So, you need to know about searching court records.  There are many commercial databases that provide access to court websites for search records electronically.  There are also many free sites that allow access to court records, sometimes direct to court’s index of records.

With some trepidation, I suggest to look at Court Reference.  If you can get past the advertisements, you can find information about courts in every state, the records online and what is available.  Check it out.

Bill Lowrance

www.lowrancelaw.com

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Surveillance Worked Here

Posted by Bill on January 11, 2008

doh.jpg  A Massachusetts appeals court affirmed dismissal of a legal secretary’s disability lawsuit against Peabody & Arnold, a law firm, based on evidence turned up by a private detective. The secretary, Teresa Brooks, claimed she had a disabling spinal condition, but the detective videotaped her “working in her yard, repeatedly bending over, carrying heavy bundles, walking up and down stairs without difficulty, and walking without a limp or a cane,” the Massachusetts Appeals Court wrote. 

See full story ABA Journal News

Bill Lowrance

President PIAVA

president at piava.org

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Ohio Private Investigators Against Curbing Public Court Records

Posted by Bill on December 20, 2007

The Columbus Dispatch reports today that private investigators, among others, submitted comments to the Ohio Supreme Court opposing the Court’s proposal to limit access to public court records, see Dispatch Story

The comments on the proposed rules — which came from court officials, lawyers, police officers, media interests and private investigators — will go to the Supreme Court’s Commission on Rules of Superintendence. That panel, which is headed by Justice Judith Lanzinger, can revise the rules before sending them to the full court for approval.

As discussed before in a post, Here, the Virginia Supreme Court drafted similar rules to limit access to Virginia Court records.  As far as we know, public comments were not asked for by the Virginia Supreme Court.  Public records should remain public.

Bill Lowrance

President PIAVA

president@piava.org

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