April 8, 2014
by Kyle Webster
Whether or not programs like New York's Stop-Question,-and-Frisk (SQF) are within the bounds of the U.S. Constitution is the primary challenge facing such programs. Similar programs, that have faced similar challenges and criticisms, exist in Newark, Philadelphia, and other cities. These ...[read more]
March 24, 2014
by Maria Coladonato
JURIST Guest Columnist Ramzi Kassem of the CUNY School of Law argues that a notice of warrantless wiretapping could lead to the reopening of criminal cases ...Late February brought some downright fascinating developments in the Agron Hasbajrami case. Hasbajrami had pleaded guilty in April 2012 ...[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]
February 25, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court ruled 6-3 Tuesday in Fernandez v. California that police may search a home without a warrant over the objection of one occupant if that occupant has been removed from the premises. The Court of Appeals of California concluded that Supreme Court precedent established in 2006 in ...[read more]
July 31, 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled Tuesday that probable-cause warrants are not required to access cell phone location information. In a 2-1 decision, the Fifth Circuit reversed lower court decisions that said the location data was protected by the Fourth Amendment. The court ...[read more]
July 22, 2013
by Sean Gallagher
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) of 1978 permits electronic and physical monitoring to assess threats and maintain US safety. FISA created the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), which grants surveillance warrants. Concerned with authorization of wiretaps against ...[read more]
June 20, 2013
by John Paul Regan
JURIST Guest Columnist Karen Kruger of Funk & Bolton, P.A. argues the decision in Maryland v. King does not raise the specter of wholesale collection of DNA from arrestees...The US Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of the State of Maryland in its opinion in Maryland v. King, a case that ...[read more]
June 3, 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday in Maryland v. King that police may collect DNA samples from individuals arrested and charged with serious crimes. The respondent in the case, Alonzo King, challenged the validity of Maryland's DNA Collection Act after state officials used his DNA to implicate ...[read more]
June 1, 2013
by Matthew Pomy
A judge in the US District Court for the Northern District of California has ruled that Google Inc. must follow the FBI's warrantless requests for user information through national security letters (NSLs). The ruling, which was issued on May 20, was released to the public on Friday. Under 18 USC... ...[read more]
May 2, 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that police need a warrant to search a defendant's cell phone at the time of arrest. The court ruled 5-2 that officers were permitted to confiscate the defendant's cell phone, but that they should have obtained a warrant before looking at pictures on the ...[read more]

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