The Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of the use of well-trained police dogs to conduct vehicle searches for drugs and contraband. The case of Florida v. Harris brought into question whether or not a positive “hit” from a trained police dog constitutes probable cause for a search.
In this case Clayton Harris was pulled over [...]
On May 2nd, the Ninth Circuit ruled in favor of the defendant in the case of Padilla v. Yoo; the decision was a reversal of an earlier ruling by the district court. Mr. Padilla was suing Mr. Yoo, who served as a lawyer under the Bush administration and is now on the faculty at UC-Berkley [...]
…but that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily a good thing, either. CISPA, which stands for Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Possession Act, focuses its sights on the prevention of cyber threats; SOPA was all about intellectual property. Critiques of SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Act, which was preceded by PIPA, the Protect IP Act) were mainly focused [...]
What happens when a document originally written over two hundred years ago collides headfirst with modern computing? Inevitably, confusion and conflict are the result. In the March 12th article, “When Does the Constitution Protect the Production of Digital Evidence?” Elkan Abramowitz and Barry Bohrer present a discussion of when the protections of the Fourth and [...]