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Amicus Brief by EFF and ACLU Urging Illinois State Sex Offender Laws Declared Unconstitutional under First Amendment

By Yaping Zhang – Edited by Mila Owen

With the Illinois Supreme Court gearing up to determine the constitutionality of the state’s sex offender registration statute, two advocacy non-profits have filed amicus briefs in support of striking the law down.

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Posted On Apr - 19 - 2016 Comments Off READ FULL POST

California Court Rules Artistic Expression in a Violent or Threatening Manner Can Be a Felony

By Keke Wu – Edited by Erik Mortensen

In People v. Murillo, a California appellate court reversed a lower court decision dismissing a felony charge against rapper Anthony Murillo. The Second Appellate District held that a reasonable listener could have understood the lyrics to one of Murillo’s rap songs as threatening two rape victims.

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Posted On Oct - 24 - 2015 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Observing Mauna Kea’s Conflict

Written by: Aaron Frumkin

Edited by: Anton Ziajka

Believing the machinery desecrates their sacred summit and the scarce natural resources it shelters, native Hawaiians have opposed telescope development on Mauna Kea. While it seems that their beleaguered resistance to telescope development will fail yet again with the proposed Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT), this Note attempts to articulate their best arguments in hopes of properly framing the social costs associated with the great scientific and technological gains that TMT will surely provide.

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Posted On May - 19 - 2015 2 Comments READ FULL POST

Court Rules Police May Compel Suspects to Unlock Fingerprint-Protected Smartphones

By Ken Winterbottom – Edited by Yixuan Long

A Virginia state trial court ruled that the police may constitutionally order a suspect to unlock a fingerprint-protected smartphone, but that a password-protected phone falls under the aegis of the Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination.

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Posted On Nov - 12 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Flash Digest: News In Brief
By Patrick Gutierrez

6th Circuit holds TheDirty.com immune to suit for defamatory comments made on its website

FBI, NYPD create federal cybercrime task force

Employee denied unemployment benefits for violating employer’s social media policy

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Posted On Jun - 23 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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