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Supreme Court Balances Privacy Rights Against Law Enforcement in DNA Collection Case

Maryland v. King
By Kathleen McGuinness – Edited by Pio Szamel

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Maryland v. King, a challenge to the constitutionality of warrantless DNA sampling of persons arrested for serious crimes. If the policy is found to be unconstitutional, twenty-eight other states and the federal government face potential invalidation of similar laws.

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Posted On Mar - 4 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Flash Digest: News in Brief

By Andrew Crocker

DHS Civil Liberties Office Validates Suspicionless Border Searches of Electronics

Obama Criticizes Patent Trolls

Python Software Foundation Fights Competing Trademark in Europe

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Posted On Feb - 18 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

No Warrant Required for Undercover Agent to Use Concealed Recording Device, Says Ninth Circuit

United States v. Wahchumwah
By Pio Szamel – Edited by Geng Chen

The Ninth Circuit affirmed a ruling by the Eastern District of Washington which held that the use of a concealed audiovisual recording device on the person of an undercover agent to record inside a defendant’s home without a warrant did not violate the defendant’s Fourth Amendment rights. In inviting the undercover agent into his home, the defendant “forfeited his expectation of privacy as to those areas that were knowingly expose[d] to” the undercover agent.

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Posted On Dec - 7 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Flash Digest: News in Brief

By Pio Szamel

Court Finds Warrant Unnecessary for Tracking of Unauthorized WiFi User

Republican Study Committee Releases, then Retracts Report Calling for Copyright Reform

Texas Student Granted Temporary Restraining Order against School RFID Tracking Requirement

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Posted On Nov - 25 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Unites States v. Magana By Casey Holzapfel – Edited by Geng Chen United States v. Magana, No. 12-CR-154 (E.D. Wis. Oct. 29, 2012) Order United States v. Mendoza, No. 12-CR-154 (WCG/WEC) (E.D. Wis. Oct. 9, 2012) Recommendation The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin ruled that Wisconsin law enforcement officers did not violate the Fourth Amendment when they installed hidden surveillance cameras on private property without a warrant. Judge William Griesbach accepted the recommendation of Magistrate ... Read More...
Posted On Nov - 8 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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