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Laptops, Border Checks and The Fourth Amendment

Developments in law are sluggish compared to the rapid rate of technological advancement, and courts must constantly apply old legal principles to technologies which were not contemplated at the time the laws were enacted. ...more

Facebook: Friend or Foe? Protecting the Right To A Fair Trial In A World Dominated By Social Media

In an interview before his Spartans were slated to play Duke in the Final Four, Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo unabashedly stated, “I don’t think social media is beneficial to any human being on the planet.” ...more

Arrest Warrant Service is Not "Protected Activity" Under California's Anti-SLAPP Statute

Government Employees and Officials Should Heed Limits of the Statute’s Protections - The anti-SLAPP process can be successfully deployed by government entities, officials and employees in fending off lawsuits brought...more

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Prolonging Traffic Stop to Conduct Dog Sniff is Unconstitutional

Overview: Police may not extend a routine traffic stop to give a police dog time to conduct a search for narcotics, the United States Supreme Court held this week. The Court determined that, absent reasonable suspicion,...more

Riley and the Third-party Doctrine

On June 25, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court issued one groundbreaking opinion in two cases regarding cellphone searches incident to arrest. In a unanimous opinion, the court held that under the Fourth Amendment, police must...more

Federal Court Finds Hotel Room Ruse Violated Fourth Amendment

In a case testing the boundaries of how far the government can go when creating a ruse to access a suspect’s premises, a U.S. District Court in Nevada concluded that the government’s disruption of internet service to a hotel...more

Supreme Court Decides Rodriguez v. United States

On April 21, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Rodriguez v. United States, No. 13-9972, holding that, absent reasonable suspicion, the Fourth Amendment prohibits police from prolonging a traffic stop to conduct a dog...more

The Rest of the Story: Search for the Truth in Use of Force Cases

The late radio personality Paul Harvey had a famous show called “The Rest of the Story.” Harvey would bait his audience with a cliffhanger story based on sketchy facts, let them reach a conclusion, and then finish it with...more

GPS Monitoring of Sex Offenders Is a Fourth Amendment Search

U.S. Supreme Court Decision Another Reminder that Sex Offender Restrictions are Under Scrutiny - Forcing someone to wear an ankle bracelet to monitor her or his location is a Fourth Amendment search, the U.S. Supreme...more

Pro Bono Q&A: How One Law Firm Is Helping a California City Curb Gun Violence

A JD Supra Pro Bono Profile: Q&A with Farella Braun + Martel partner Tony Schoenberg about his work related to a Sunnyvale, Calif., ordinance that bans the possession of large-capacity gun magazines. ...more

Times May Change But Politicians Don’t

Recently, I’ve been reading about the Greek playwright Euripides. It is said that Socrates rarely attended plays, but never missed a play by Euripides.  Technology has changed dramatically since the fifth century B.C.E., but...more

U.S. Supreme Court holds that ankle bracelet monitoring is a form of search and seizure

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court in Grady v. North Carolina vacated the judgment of the Supreme Court of North Carolina upholding the use of a GPS monitor on a recidivist offender. The statute authorizing the program...more

Rulings Prompt California Sex Offender Residency Regulations Change

Local Municipalities’ Practices Likely to be Impacted - California prison officials have announced that they are loosening some restrictions on where sex offenders may live in response to In re Taylor, a California...more

Powers of Regulators Brought Into the Spotlight by High Court Decision - Australian Communications and Media Authority v Today FM...

Recently the High Court of Australia handed down its unanimous decision in Australian Communications and Media Authority v Today FM (Sydney) Pty Ltd [2015] HCA 7 (HCA Decision) which relates to the powers of the Australian...more

Transgender Native American Prisoner Denied Access to Sweat Lodge and Unsatisfied with the Alternative Sues under RLUIPA: More on...

Corrections Corporation of America (Dist. Idaho 2015) because the decision reflects a recent trend in RLUIPA cases: close judicial scrutiny as to whether a compelling government interest is furthered by “the least restrictive...more

Supreme Court Update: Omnicare, Inc. V. Laborers Industry Pension Fund (13-435), B&B Hardware V. Hargis Industries (13-352) And...

The Court began its March sitting this week (just in time for April), and issued decisions and two new cert grants. In this Update, we'll discuss Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers Industry Pension Fund (13-435), on issuer liability...more

Ninth Circuit Draws Clear Distinction Between California's Meeting Disruption Statutes

Skid Row Demonstration Disrupts a Neighborhood “Walk,” But Police Make an Arrest for the Wrong Violation - A Los Angeles Skid Row advocacy group faced off against those participating in a “walk” through the Skid Row...more

In Criminal Defense Can We Ever Trust An Anonymous Tip?

As a seasoned Arizona criminal defense attorney, I have learned that deceit often lurks behind anonymity. I think Fezzik said it best in the movie, The Princess Bride, when he told Inigo Montoya to be careful in his dealings...more

Reed Smith's Government Contracts Weekly Rundown

1. COMMERCIAL CONTRACTING RULES APPLY TO FEDERAL SUPPLY SCHEDULES - On Tuesday, March 10, 2015, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed and remanded a decision by the Court of Federal Claims, which...more

White House Imposes Sanctions on Venezuela

On March 9, 2015, pursuant to authority contained in the recently enacted Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act (Act), President Obama issued an executive order (EO) declaring a national emergency with...more

California Supreme Court Rules Residency Restrictions are Nonpunitive

A judge can require sex offender registration for a convicted criminal defendant — even if the jury did not find that the crimes were sexual in nature, the California Supreme Court held this week. Interestingly, the Court...more

New Florida Rule Requires Training for Attorneys Who Handle Adult Felony Cases

The Florida Supreme Court’s new rule of criminal procedure, Fla.R.Crim.P. 3.113, “Minimum Standards for Attorneys in Felony Cases,” takes effect May 16, 2016. It mandates training on Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.220...more

Business Law Newsletter - March 2015

In This Issue: - Small Businesses: Responding to and Resolving Scathing (or False) Online Reviews - DWI in Your Driveway - Excerpt from DWI in Your Driveway: Drivers in the Commonwealth be...more

Supreme Court to Decide Whether Online Threats Are Illegal

As the internet continues to swiftly transform the way we do business, shop and socialize, it also offers a new platform for those with more criminal or malicious intentions. While some of these activities are clearly...more

California Supreme Court: Sex Offender Residency Restrictions Unconstitutional

Opinion Likely to Impact Cities’ Policies - Residency restrictions that prohibit sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school or park are unconstitutional, the California Supreme Court ruled this week. The...more

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