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
Evidence comes in many forms. What you say and the objects in your possession can be used against you by law enforcement officers if your statements and property are legally obtained. But what about the information on your...more
The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States gives citizens freedom from unreasonable search and seizure and requires any warrant for arrest or seizure to be supported by probable cause. That warrant must be...more
Many of us store our most intimate information on our mobile phones....more
Overview: The Ninth Circuit recently refused to suppress evidence of child pornography found on the iPod of an alleged child molester during a search of his home. The court explained that the outcome was controlled by its...more
Overview: The United States Supreme Court has upheld a Maryland law authorizing police to collect a DNA sample from suspects charged with violent crimes. Using the cheek swab of an assault suspect in 2009, police were able to...more
Overview: A California appellate court recently ruled that a peace officer could search any part of a residence over which a probationer with “search terms” as a condition of probation had joint control or access. ...more
In a 33-1 vote, on May 13, the state Senate approved Senator Mark Leno's bill that would require state law enforcement officials to obtain a search warrant before asking service providers to disclose the contents of their...more
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit is set to become the first federal appellate court to answer the question left open by the Supreme Court in United States v. Jones. Last year, the Court held in Jones that a...more
Last week, the ACLU created a stir when it suggested that the IRS may be reading taxpayers’ emails without obtaining a search warrant. At least at some point in time in the past, according to the IRS’ 2009 “Search Warrant...more
The vast increase in the use of wireless data networks has led to new legal issues regarding network users’ right to privacy. A recent opinion issued by the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon indicates that, under...more
Someone told the police that Chunon Bailey sold drugs. Worse, he sold drugs and had a gun at his house at 103 Lake Drive in Wyandanch, New York.
That someone was a confidential informant.
The police took that tip...more
There's little judicial attention paid to folks who have their stuff taken by the police executing a search warrant - and who want it back later.
Thankfully, just in time for Christmas, the Eighth Circuit breaks out with...more
Search and seizure is a law enforcement procedure where officers search a person’s property and confiscate anything that is illegal or that can be used as evidence of an illegal act. However, all people in the United States...more