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Andrea Noble

Andrea Noble is a crime and public safety reporter for The Washington Times. She can be reached at

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This undated handout photo provided by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office shows the StingRay II, manufactured by Harris Corporation, of Melbourne, Fla., a cellular site simulator used for surveillance purposes. (AP Photo/U.S. Patent and Trademark Office) ** FILE **

Maryland court bars evidence from cellphone tracking device

In a historic victory for privacy rights advocates, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals upheld a ruling that barred prosecutors from using evidence discovered through the Baltimore Police Department's use of secret cellphone tracking technology. Published March 2, 2016

This Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016 file photo shows an iPhone in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Apple, FBI set to face off in Congressional hearing

Top officials from Apple and the FBI are set to spar over the issue of encryption Tuesday at a Congressional hearing, with a representative from the tech giant hinting at the need for lawmakers to intervene. Published March 1, 2016

Signs directing to the office of the Firearms Registration Unit at the District's Metropolitan Police Department headquarters in Washington, D.C., are seen here Jan. 2, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times) **FILE**

Appeals court declines to rehear challenge to D.C. gun registration laws

The D.C. Circuit has declined to rehear a case challenging the District's gun registration laws -- thereby confirming an earlier ruling that most notably struck down a requirement that gun owners to re-register firearms every three years and a prohibition on registering more than one handgun per month. Published February 26, 2016

FBI Director James Comey, left, accompanied by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, right, speaks at a House Intelligence Committee hearing on world wide threats on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016.  Comey says Apple had been "very cooperative" in the dispute and that there have been "plenty" of negotiations between the two sides. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Apple pushes for dismissal of court order on locked iPhone

Apple cut to the chase Thursday in a much-awaited court filing, accusing the FBI of seeking the ability "to undermine the basic security and privacy interests" of consumers by forcing the tech giant to hack into the iPhone of one of the deceased San Bernardino terror suspects. Published February 25, 2016

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Democrats propose end to bail system to reduce jail time for poor

As a criminal justice reform package to limit mandatory minimum sentences and thereby reduce prison populations has stalled in Congress, a group of Democratic lawmakers has put forth another proposal that they say would reduce incarceration rates: abolish the bail system. Published February 24, 2016

The StingRay II, manufactured by Harris Corporation, of Melbourne, Fla., is a cellular site simulator used for surveillance purposes. Under nondisclosure agreements with federal law enforcement, local police departments in possession of cell site simulator technology have fought to keep secret their use of the equipment. (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office via Associated Press)

D.C. police use of secret cellphone tracking technology challenged in sex assault case

In the first known case to challenge the Metropolitan Police Department's use of secret cellphone tracking technology, a D.C. man convicted of sexually assaulting two women he met through escort service ads is appealing his 66-year prison sentence on the grounds officers violated his Fourth Amendment rights by using the technology to locate him. Published February 23, 2016

Apple CEO Tim Cook. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Apple gets more time to address order to unlock iPhone: reports

Tech giant Apple will reportedly get a three more days to respond to an order requiring the company to aid the FBI in hacking an iPhone belonging to one of the shooters who carried out a terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California. Published February 19, 2016