From a recent PC affidavit:
…The tin contained four marijuana roaches and 6 small round pills with 2530 on one side and the letter v on the other. [Jamie’s client] said that the pills were Klonopin. I asked [Jamie’s client] if she had a prescription for Klonopin and she said she did not.
The pills were identified as Clonazepam via the Epocrates iPhone Pill Identification Application.
So the police are now using iPhone apps to check their homework. They don’t have to wait to get back to the station to check in their big book o’ pills; they can verify different types of prescription dope out in the field. Not that the intersection of law and the iPhone is limited to cops.
About a month ago, I was waiting around in an ALR hearing for my turn, re-reading my paperwork out of boredom, when a new possible-winning-idea entered my head. There was – possibly - an argument that what the officer had written on the preprinted form for reasonable suspicion was conclusory, and didn’t contain enough specific and articulable facts to support the stop.
That’s a fancy way of saying that with only the name of the transportation code violation and less than a sentence of explanation backing it up, I could argue the Department had failed to prove a good enough reason to pull over my client.
But I needed the code, really quick, and I hadn’t brought one. So I looked up Section 544.010, Stop Signs and Yield Signs on my phone. (I made the argument but lost the ALR – still, it was super helpful to the have the code handy.)
But wait, there’s more…
In a hearing I previously blogged about, the judge himself pulled out an iPhone, and looked up a provision of the Government Code while sitting on the bench. So even the black robes are using their iPhones for legal reference nowadays.