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State to Allow Cops to Snatch Your Phone After Being Stopped & Search it Using a “Textalyzer”

By Justin Gardner | The Free Thought Project

As government continues to expand, finding ever more ways to feed itself through taxation, it seeks to justify this burgeoning existence. 1,069 more words

Big Brother

U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Rand Paul introduce bipartisan bill to block expansion of FBI hacking authority

U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Rand Paul, R-Ky., yesterday introduced the Stopping Mass Hacking (SMH) Act to protect millions of law-abiding Americans from government hacking. 935 more words


Right to Privacy: Does the Fourth Amendment Apply to Emails?

Many of our most personal communications and financial records are accessible through our emails. Law enforcement officers, however, can obtain much of this information without a warrant. 767 more words

Data Security And Privacy Issues

Utah v. Strieff and the importance of the exclusionary rule

The United States Supreme Court is currently pondering a case that may change the way modern America polices its communities. I realize that this is a pretty bold statement to make, especially in light of the ongoing conversation in America over the last year or two over policing standards especially in minority communities, but the impact of the decision in this case could be such that it will only further deepen the divide between police and the communities they serve. 926 more words

Fourth Amendment

If you hide the gun you just used in a robbery in the shared basement of your apartment building, can police look there without a warrant?

The Fourth Amendment protects the people against unreasonable searches and seizures.  But what is a “search”?  One of the lasting contributions that Justice Scalia made to constitutional law was his revival of the trespass doctrine in Fourth Amendment search analysis.  734 more words

Parking Pass Hanging from Mirror Permits Traffic Stop

By Steven T. Webster

On May 5, 2016, a divided Virginia Supreme Court allowed a traffic stop based on a 3″ by 5″ plastic parking pass hanging from the rear view mirror. 435 more words

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Is Your Fingerprint Protected by the Fifth Amendment?

May 9, 2016   By Jonathan R. Tung, Esq.

By now, everyone’s heard of the case of Paytsar Bkhchadzhyan, the 29 year old woman whose number of crimes nearly match her age. 480 more words