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Supreme Court Makes It Harder For States To Keep Fines Paid By Exonerated Defendants

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The Supreme Court made it harder for states to keep fines and other payments in cases where defendants are exonerated.

The Fourth Amendment Was Meant To Protect All Of Us, Not Just The “Innocent”

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When it comes to the protections of the Fourth Amendment, it doesn’t matter if you’re “guilty” or “innocent,” it protects all of us.

SCOTUS Rules DUI Blood Tests Require Search Warrant, But Breath Tests Do Not

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The Supreme Court balances the Fourth Amendment against public safety concerns and, for the most part, gets it right.

Once Again, The Supreme Court Stabs At The Heart Of The Fourth Amendment

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The Supreme Court has once again issued a ruling that further chips away at the protections of the Fourth Amendment.

Federal Judge Denies Request To Force Apple To Extract Data From iPhones In Drug Case

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A Federal Judge in New York has denied an F.B.I. request to force Apple to extract data from iPhones involved in a Federal drug case.

Federal Judge Rules N.S.A. Mass Data Collection Unconstitutional

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A Federal Judge has ruled that the N.S.A. metadata collection program is unconstitutional, but it’s unclear if the ruling will have much of an impact.

Supreme Court Bars Cops From Accessing Hotel Registries Without A Warrant

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The Supreme Court ruled that police are not entitled to access to a hotel registry without a warrant.

Supreme Court Limits Ability Of Police To Use Routine Traffic Stops To Search For Drugs

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In a 6-3 vote that defied traditional expectations, the Justices have limited the ability of police to detain people on the side of the road for long periods of time.

Supreme Court: Police Can Make ‘Reasonable’ Mistakes Of Law In Executing A Traffic Stop

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The Supreme Court says that police who have a “reasonable” misunderstanding of the law can still pull you over.

11th Circuit Strikes Down Florida Law Mandating Drug Tests For Welfare Recipients

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For the fourth time in three years, a Federal Court has ruled that Florida’s law requiring drug tests for welfare recipients is unconstitutional.

Scott Walker Wants To Drug Test Welfare Recipients, But It Doesn’t Work, And It’s Unconstitutional

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A popular idea that does nothing useful while simultaneously violating the Constitution.

Virginia Judge Rules Police Can Compel Suspect To Unlock Phone Locked Via Fingerprint

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The Fourth and Fifth Amendments do not prevent the police from compelling you to unlock your phone if you used fingerprint scan technology to lock it, Virginia Judge has ruled.

Court Rules Defendant Must Reveal Computer’s Encryption Password

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Another area where the law has yet to catch up to technology.

Supreme Court Justices Try To Balance Technology, Privacy, And The 4th Amendment

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Today’s oral argument before the Supreme Court on the issue of police searches of cell phones and smartphones left much up in the air.

Supreme Court Further Guts The Fourth Amendment

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Yesterday the Supreme Court greatly expanded the circumstances under which police can rely on anonymous tips.

Edward Snowden Declares ‘Mission Accomplished’

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In a new interview, Edward Snowden explains his motives for absconding from the country with NSA secrets.

Google Searches For “Pressure Cooker” And “Backpacks” Lead To FBI Visit

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A husband and wife do unrelated, and perfectly innocent, Google searches, and get a visit from the FBI.

New Jersey Supreme Court: Warrant Required To Track Via Cell Phone GPS

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New Jersey’s highest court gets it right.

Police Take Over Private Home, Giving Rise To Possible Third Amendment Violation

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A case from Nevada provides another example of police abuse, and a possible claim arising under the long-forgotten Third Amendment.

The Fourth Of July And The Fourth Amendment

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Contemporary Americans accept actions by the state that were once the cause for revolt.

Supreme Court: Police Can Take DNA Samples Before Conviction

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Another body blow to the Fourth Amendment from the Supreme Court.

DOJ Records Show Massive Increase In Warrantless Surveillance Since 2009

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Secret surveillance of American citizens has dramatically increased under the Obama Administration.

Florida’s ‘Drug Tests For Welfare Recipients’ Law Is, Most Likely, Unconstitutional

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Florida’s new law requiring welfare recipients to pass drug tests seems to clearly violate the Fourth Amendment.

The Obama Administration Wants To Read Your Email (Without A Warrant)

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The Obama Administration is resisting efforts to expand Fourth Amendment protections to services like Gmail. That’s unfortunate.