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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.


Posted On Oct - 24 - 2015 Add Comments 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.


Posted On May - 19 - 2015 Comments Off 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.


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


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

Flash Digest: News In Brief
By Olga Slobodyanyuk

Amici urge the Ninth Circuit to reconsider its ruling in the “Innocence of Muslims” case

Record companies sue Pandora for royalties on songs made before 1972

Alleged Heartbleed hacker arrested


Posted On Apr - 20 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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