Tag Archives: fourth amendment

Bush Terrorist Surveillance Program Committed Illegal Wiretaps

A federal judge has ruled that certain terrorist surveillance efforts under former President Bush were illegal. The case at hand dealt with recording the phone calls of an Islamic charity and two attorneys without a warrant. The conversations were recorded…

School Spies on Students At Home Through School Issued Laptops

A Pennsylvania school has been accused of spying on students at home through webcams on school issued laptops. The school has just been named as Defendant in a class action suit. The Plaintiff was allegedly disciplined by the school for…

Pope says full body scanners violate personal integrity

During a meeting with members of the aerospace industry, Pope Benedict XVI voiced his displeasure over the proposed usage of full body scanners. The United States, and other countries, are expected to install scanners that scan through clothing, and effectively…

Does the government need a warrant to track a cell phone?

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is arguing the government does not a warrant to obtain location information of an individual from the service provider. The DOJ, arguing in front of the 3rd Circuit, is appealing an earlier ruling that held…

How did a prisoner draft a successful Supreme Court brief?

Shon Hopwood was sentenced to 13 years for robbery in 1999 and vowed to the sentencing judge that he would change. Within three years he was drafting a successful certiorari petition to the Supreme Court for a fellow inmate. Recently…

Mandatory strip searches for all inmates are ok?

The Ninth Circuit of Appeals reversed a prior decision, holding that mandatory strip searches for all incoming inmates were justified. The court reasoned that jail officials deserve deference and that there was documented evidence of a severe contraband smuggling problem.…