The federal justice system still uses polygraphs to test whether certain sex offenders are remorseful, even though the polygraph has been found scientifically unsound. Moreover, the test may actually encourage nondisclosure and inhibit treatment.
Earlier this year, there were explosive revelations about the federal government's role in maintaining and operating a child pornography server on the "dark web" as part of an FBI sting operation.
The Supreme Court recently delivered an opinion in Doyle Randall Paroline v. United States that found restitution proper under 18 U.S.C. § 2259 only to the extent that defendant's offense proximately caused a victim's losses. The Supreme Court's holding vacated and remanded a decision from the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit that had previously found the opposite to be true.
A federal investigation that started in 2012 is finally over after an Orange County man was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison. A 31-year old man, Daniel Heffield, had been secretly videotaping girls while they used the bathroom at his mother's home during their piano lessons. Heffield admitted to making over two dozen videos of the young girls; some girls were as young as four years old.
In Barritt v. State, 38 Fla. L. Weekly D2183a (Fla. 1st DCA 2013), Barritt appealed an order summarily denying his Rule 3.850 ineffective assistance of counsel motion and amended motion for post-conviction relief.