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The 4th Amendment doesn't really matter

Mind you, I don’t believe in that title. It matters as much as any Amendment (and, in fact, much more so than many Amendments). The Supreme Court, however, … 1,003 more words

Politics And Social

US Supreme Court decision allows police to commit “reasonable mistakes” in detaining suspects

By Nick Barrickman
18 December 2014

In a blow to the Fourth Amendment’s protection against unreasonable searches and seizures, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday that a police officer detaining someone under a mistaken reading of the law could cite having made a “reasonable mistake,” and thus avoid having the court disregard all evidence obtained under such circumstances, provided that a law was “‘so doubtful in construction’ that a reasonable judge could agree with the officer’s view.” 677 more words

CIVIL RIGHTS

Federal Court Agrees with EFF, Throws Out Six Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance | Electronic Frontier Foundation

December 12, 2014 | By Hanni Fakhoury 

Update: On December 15, Judge Edward Shea issued his written opinion in United States v. Vargas, … 59 more words

Government

A small win against law enforcement's perpetual surveillance machine

A police department in Washington state trained a webcam on a target’s house for six weeks. The device recorded the home all day, every day, and its feed was backed up to an external hard drive. 627 more words

Tech

Microsoft deluged with support in its email privacy battle against US government

Microsoft would prefer if the US Department of Justice (DOJ) refrained from reaching over the ocean and past international law to ransack its Irish servers. 947 more words

Featured

Can Justice Kagan Narrow Heien v. North Carolina?

Yesterday, the Court decided Heien v. North Carolina by an 8-1 vote. Both the holding–that police act constitutionally when they make certain mistakes of law–and the lopsided outcome in  1,714 more words

Stare Decisis

Glenn Greenwald: What bad, shameful, dirty behavior is U.S. Judge Richard Posner Hiding? Demand to know.

 Judge Posner’s is the voice of unadulterated wealth, power and privilege talking. The distinguished judge – like all those of similar position and class – has all sorts of ways that his personal privacy is safeguarded: government-provided security, electronic gates that protect his home and office, a staff of people who work for him.

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