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Status Updates - August 2014 #6

..Ahead of the law? In Hidalgo County, Texas, a former sheriff has been sued civilly over allegedly illegal campaign contributions. (He was also criminally convicted of money laundering.) At a civil deposition in the case, a...more

Digital Privacy’s New Age: Supreme Court Turns off Google’s Radio After Holding That We Are Our Cell Phones

In another installment of “Google does WHAT?!?,” the Supreme Court on June 30 rejected the Silicon Valley giant’s bid to stop a lawsuit accusing the search company of wiretapping. You read that right. Wiretapping....more

Status Updates - July 2014 #2

..The New York Court of Appeals has struck down that state’s “cyberbullying” law in a 5-2 decision, finding that it is overly broad and chills First Amendment-protected speech. The case arose when a 15-year-old boy pleaded...more

Status Updates - June 2014 #4

..Are threats made on social media protected free speech, or potentially criminal acts? The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to examine the constitutionality of a federal law making it a crime to transmit communications...more

U.S. House Approves Law Targeting Sex Trafficking Ads, Threatens to Undermine Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act

On May 20, 2014, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation Act of 2014 (“SAVE Act”). If enacted, the bill would expose websites and other media to federal criminal penalties for...more

Mock Twitter Account Raid Results in Marijuana Arrest

Last month police raided the home of an Illinois man who created a parody Twitter account of his city’s mayor. No charges were brought against the man because the prosecutor determined that no crime had been committed,...more

Florida Appellate Court Reverses Trial Court Orders Excluding Media From Jury Selection: "Overflow" Courtroom With Audio-Only...

- In a first of its kind ruling in Florida, a Florida Appellate Court has issued a 27-page opinion unanimously vacating two orders of a trial court in Jacksonville, Fla., which had excluded the media from critical portions of...more

First Amendment And Off-Label Promotion – Prosecute What I Do, Not What I Say

On December 3, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated the conviction of Alfred Caronia (“Caronia”), who had been tried and convicted of participating in an unlawful conspiracy to introduce a...more

Twitter, Evidence, Privacy and Social Media

A recent case, albeit one dealing with a governmental subpoena, shows that the SCA may not be the panacea that social networking sites think it is. In People v. Harris, Twitter sought to quash a subpoena it had received to...more

Access to Cellular Phone Records by Defense Counsel

In many criminal cases, cellular telephone records are an invaluable resource. These records may shed light on whether an alleged victim or witness communicated with someone of importance in a case, and when. There are...more

Your Expectation of Privacy in Your Cell Phone is Currently Governed by the Law of the State in Which You are Arrested

Last year the Washington State Supreme Court considered two cases addressing the expectation of privacy one has when sending a text message. On February 27, 2014, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled in two parallel 5-4...more

Jail Time for Revenge Porn Offenses? [Video]

Mar. 20, 2014 -- Professor Ari Ezra Waldman from New York Law School talks about the need to craft criminal laws designed to fix the problem of revenge porn....more

New Reprint Guidance Maintains Bipartisan Status Quo

On February 28, 2014, the FDA issued its most recent unofficial guidance on distribution by manufacturers of research concerning off-label uses. With minor textual revisions, this new Guidance essentially restates the safe...more

Report deems NSA telephone records program illegal

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board issued a report today concluding that the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of telephone call records is illegal and should be ended. ...more

Italy’s High Court Upholds Acquittal Of Google Executives In Video Privacy Case

On December 17, Italy’s highest court, the Italian Supreme Court of Cassation, issued a landmark ruling upholding the acquittal of three Google senior executives by the Milan Court of Appeals. Initially, an Italian trial...more

New York’s Shield Law Follows New York Reporters Wherever They May Roam

On Dec. 10, 2013, the New York Court of Appeals resoundingly reaffirmed the important public policy underlying the New York statutory scheme that allows New York journalists to preserve the anonymity of their confidential...more

Supreme Court Of Canada To Police: Get A Warrant To Search Computers And Mobile Phones

Yesterday, the Supreme Court of Canada issued a unanimous decision in R. v. Vu recognizing important privacy interests in information stored in a computer or mobile phone. The court held that specific, prior judicial...more

Regulating Revenge Porn And Explicit Online Communications With Children – Easier Said Than Done

Everyone supports the prevention of sexual predators texting illicit material to people under 17. Everyone knows that revenge porn is a scourge on public decency. ...more

New California Law Protects Journalist’ Records Held By Third Parties

Journalists in California must now receive advanced notice if their records are being subpoenaed either directly from them or through a subpoena issued to a third party. California’s new law—an amendment to California Civil...more

Ethical Issues That Arise From Social Media Use In Courtrooms

With the rampant expansion of social media and online technologies over the past decade, it is no surprise that Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and blogs have made their way into the courtroom, pervaded the...more

Privacy Monday: October 7, 2013

Despite the government shutdown, the Supreme Court is in for the 2013-2014 session. There are a couple of privacy cases on the agenda. U.S. v. Wurie and Riley v. California - At issue: Separate appeals over...more

History in the Making as Journalism, Law and Politics Converge for Federal Reporter's Shield

In September of this year, the U.S. Senate began debate on a federal reporter’s privilege. Free Flow of Information Act of 2013, S. 987, 113th Cong. §§ 2-5 (2013). The bipartisan bill to recognize such a privilege was...more

D.A.R.E. to Market Off-Label Uses of Prescription Drugs? Make Sure You are in the Second Circuit: United States v. Caronia and the...

Truthful, non-misleading off-label promotion of prescription drugs is not illegal. At least, not in the Second Circuit. This, despite the billions of dollars in civil and criminal penalties assessed against pharmaceutical...more

Has Katz Become Quaint? Use Of Big Data To Outflank The Fourth Amendment

Introduction - On December 14, 2010, a federal court, upon a government motion, entered an order pursuant to the Stored Communications Act (SCA) requiring Twitter to turn over to the government subscriber information...more

No Warrant Needed For Cellphone Data, Federal 5th Circuit Judges Rule

A panel of three federal judges ruled on Tuesday, July 30, 2013, in a 2-to-1 decision that police officers in the Fifth Circuit need only a court order (not a search warrant) to obtain access to locational data from your cell...more

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