Bennie Dean Herring v. United States of America

Brief of Amici Curiae Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), Privacy & Civil Rights Organizations, & Legal Scholars & Technical Experts in Support of Petitioner


EPIC files Amici Curiae Brief in Herring v. USA.

(May 16, 2008)

The US Supreme Court agreed on February 19, 2008 to consider Herring v. United States, a challenge to an arrest based on inaccurate information in a government database. The Court will decide whether to suppress the evidence obtained. In a 1995 opinion, Justice O'Connor wrote, "In recent years, we have witnessed the advent of powerful, computer-based recordkeeping systems that facilitate arrests in ways that have never before been possible. The police, of course, are entitled to enjoy the substantial advantages this technology confers. They may not, however, rely on it blindly. With the benefits of more efficient law enforcement mechanisms comes the burden of corresponding constitutional responsibilities." In addition to filing their Amici brief, EPIC has also highlighted problems with inaccurate government databases in formal comments to federal agencies, as well as a 2003 online campaign urging the reestablishment of accuracy requirements for the FBI's National Crime Information Center, the nation's largest criminal justice database.

This is EPIC'S amici curiae brief in support of petitioner filed on May 16, 2008.

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Reference Info:Appellate Brief | Federal, U.S. Supreme Court | United States

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