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CIRCUIT PUTS LIMITS ON PAROLE SEARCHES Even though California parolees waive their Fourth Amendment rights, police can’t search their property without a good reason, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday. Writing for a split three-judge panel, Judge Stephen Reinhardt wrote that although parolees have a diminished expectation of privacy, the government still can’t intrude without a reasonable suspicion. “Surely, law enforcement could succeed in incarcerating a greater number of dangerous individuals if we dispensed entirely with the Fourth and Fifth Amendments, or even with the Sixth,” Reinhardt wrote. “However, our founders chose a Constitution that balances liberty and security, and that preserves to all individuals certain guarantees against the existence of a police state. We have sought to balance the relevant interests and thereby to honor our obligation to the Constitution.” He was joined by Judge A. Wallace Tashima. Judge Stephen Trott dissented, drawing on his two-decade experience as a prosecutor to argue the decision was erroneous. “California’s legislative decision to subject prison parolees to stringent supervision including searches was patently reasonable,” Trott wrote. “Moreover, California’s decision not to recognize a privacy right on the part of convicted felons to defeat these searches is rational and clearly not arbitrary, not capricious and not harassing.” In 2000, the FBI received a tip about a 2-year-old bank robbery case. An agent was led to Raphyal Crawford, who was on parole in California at the time. Without expecting to locate any evidence, the FBI searched Crawford’s home, and the agent established a relationship with the parolee. After questioning, Crawford admitted to playing a role in the robbery. The case is United States v.Crawford, 03 C.D.O.S. 1987. – Jason Hoppin EX-SKJERVEN LAWYERS LAND AT NEW FIRMS Minneapolis-based Dorsey & Whitney has hired a partner and three other trademark lawyers from Skjerven Morrill. Partner Frank Hiscox, of counsel Alexandra Horne and associates Dana Brody-Brown and John Livingstone joined Dorsey & Whitney’s Palo Alto office, giving the firm its first dedicated trademark group in Northern California. Dorsey & Whitney increased its presence in San Francisco and Silicon Valley when it merged with intellectual property firm Flehr Hohbach Test Albritton & Herbert in May. Meanwhile, Townsend and Townsend and Crew has hired IP litigator Joseph Greco, who had been of counsel at Skjerven before the firm dissolved last month. He joined Townsend on Monday as special counsel. Townsend and Townsend also added senior attorney Richard Hsu from Venture Law Group. Hsu, who focuses on licensing transactions and related IP issues, will co-chair the firm’s technology licensing practice. Hsu joined VLG in 1990. Prior to that he was general counsel and a founding member of the management team at Cyrano Sciences Inc., a venture-backed Caltech company in Pasadena. – Brenda Sandburg

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