April 21, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
The US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that extending an already completed traffic stop in order to conduct a drug sniff violates the Constitution as an unreasonable seizure. In a 6-3 decision by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the majority held in Rodriguez v. United States that "a seizure justified ...[read more]
March 3, 2015
by Addison Morris
The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in two cases. In Ocasio v US, two brothers owned an auto repair shop near Baltimore. Over many years, the brothers entered into a kickback scheme with Baltimore police officers to encourage the victims of car accidents to take their automobiles ...[read more]
October 19, 2014
by William Helbling
The Nevada Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that Nevada's implied consent law, which allows police officers to take blood samples of motorists to determine impairment, is unconstitutional. The case involved a man named Michael Byars who was stopped by state troopers for driving under the influence ...[read more]
June 25, 2014
by William Hibbitts
The US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that police officers must obtain a warrant before searching a person's cell phone data, even at the time of arrest. In Riley v. California and United States v. Wurie, the court considered the question of whether a search of cell phone data without a warrant ...[read more]
March 23, 2014
by Endia Vereen
JURIST Assistant Editor Brent Nesbitt, University of Pittsburgh School of Law Class of 2016, discusses the search incident to arrest exception to the Fourth Amendment in United States v. Wurie...On Tuesday, April 29, the US Supreme Court will hear argument in the case of United States v. Wurie ...[read more]
September 3, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
The Federalist No. 67, written by Alexander Hamilton and published in March 1788, discussed the power of the executive to grant recess appointments under the US Constitution. According to Hamilton, the Framers of the US Constitution intended that the recess appointments clause at Article II, ...[read more]
June 4, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
The US Supreme Court granted certiorari Monday in Bailey v. United States to determine whether police officers may lawfully detain individuals incident to a search warrant when those individuals have left the premises before the search warrant could be executed. The defendant has argued that the ...[read more]
February 23, 2012
by Julia Zebley
The US Supreme Court ruled 6-3 Tuesday in Messerschmidt v. Millender that police officers continue to have qualified immunity if a search warrant is later found invalid. Chief Justice John Roberts, writing for the majority, noted that the bar set in United States v. Leon is a high standard, where ...[read more]
January 27, 2012
by Cody Harding
On January 27, 2011, the Arizona House of Representatives and Senate introduced bills challenging the right to US citizenship for the children of legal and illegal immigrants born in the state. By introducing revisions to Title 36, Chapter 3 of the Arizona Revised Statutes, the legislature sought ...[read more]
December 31, 2011
by Cody Harding
On December 31, 2004, Ricardo Palmera, also known as "Simon Trinidad," was extradited to the United States on charges of drug smuggling and kidnapping. Palmera was a senior leader of the Colombian rebel group the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia (FARC). Colombian President Alvaro Uribe ...[read more]

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