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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

Presidential Commission Calls for Privacy Protections in Genome Sequencing; Supreme Court Grants Certiorari in Seed Patent Case; Federal Circuit Ends Injunction Against Samsung Galaxy Nexus; Patentability of Software to be Reconsidered En Banc by Federal Circuit

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Confrontation Clause: When Forensic Reports Are Testimonial Remains Unclear By Heather Whitney – Edited by Charlie Stiernberg Williams v. Illinois, No. 10-8505, 2012 WL 2202981 (U.S. June 18, 2012) Slip opinion In a fractured decision, the Supreme Court held that an expert witness could testify about a DNA test not entered into evidence and performed by a non-testifying analyst without violating the Confrontation Clause. However, with five Justices expressly rejecting the entirety of the plurality’s analysis, no majority agreed on ... Read More...
Posted On Jul - 18 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Supreme Court Upholds the Individual Mandate of the Affordable Care Act By Jie Zhang – Edited by Michael Hoven National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, Nos. 11–393, 11–398 and 11–400 (U.S. June 28, 2012) Slip opinion The Supreme Court partially reversed the Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, which had held that the individual mandate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) was unconstitutional but severable from other provisions of the act, and that the Medicaid ... Read More...
Posted On Jul - 7 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Supreme Court Rules Against the FCC, but Avoids First Amendment Issues By Sarah Jeong – Edited by Jennifer Wong Federal Communications Commission v. Fox Television Stations, Inc., No. 10-1293 (U.S. June 21, 2012) Slip Opinion The Supreme Court ruled last week that the Federal Communication Commission’s (“FCC”) rules on “fleeting expletives” did not give fair notice to networks like Fox and ABC, and were therefore unconstitutionally vague. While all eight justices (Justice Sotomayor recused herself) were unanimous in a judgment ... Read More...
Posted On Jul - 2 - 2012 1 Comment READ FULL POST
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