July 17, 2014
by Michael Roberts
Adopted to ease fear of the new federal government disarming the militias of individual states at the time of United States Constitution's ratification, the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of ...[read more]
July 17, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expressed concern Wednesday over the widespread lack of transparency in governmental digital surveillance practices. The High Commissioner criticized a lack of accountability in both targeted and broad scope surveillance and condemned the practice ...[read more]
July 10, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
Ground combat engagements have surpassed improvised explosive devices (IEDs) as the most common cause of conflict-related civilian deaths and injuries in Afghanistan, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) reported Wednesday. The report states that in the first six months of 2014, 1,901 ...[read more]
July 1, 2014
by William Hibbitts
A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Kentucky on Thursday struck down a voter-approved amendment to the Kentucky constitution banning same-sex marriages. The lawsuit was filed by two same-sex couples who attempted to apply for a marriage license and were denied. The ...[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]
June 19, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday in Lane v. Franks that a public employee's sworn testimony outside the scope of his ordinary job duties is entitled to First Amendment protection. Edward Lane was fired from his job at Central Alabama Community College (CACC) after he determined that ...[read more]
June 12, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled Wednesday that police must obtain a warrant to get a person's cell phone location history from the cell phone provider. Police conducting a robbery investigation had obtained four people's cell phone location histories after getting a "D- ...[read more]
May 31, 2014
by William Helbling
The Constitutional Court of Turkey on Tuesday ruled that a previous decision to ban Youtube violated users' freedom of speech rights. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had imposed the ban on YouTube and Twitter after illicit recordings of top security talks were posted on YouTube and distributed ...[read more]
May 9, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
US District Judge Eric Melgren on Wednesday ruled that Kansas and Arizona voters will have to provide proof of US citizenship while registering to vote using the federal form, despite a pending appeal by a US agency of the federal judge's ruling that aids in the enforcement of new voter ...[read more]
April 30, 2014
by Peter Snyder
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin ruled Tuesday that Wisconsin's Act 23, which requires residents to present photo identification to vote, violates the Voting Rights Act and the US Constitution. US District Judge Lynn Adelman found that the requirement ...[read more]

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