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Supreme Court Rules Warrants Mandatory For Cell Phone Searches
2014-06-25 11:25:06

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe online The Supreme Court handed down a single ruling after having heard two separate cases dealing with the issue of expectation of privacy as it pertains to one's cell phone or personal electronic device. In a nearly unanimous decision, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that searches of digital devices for information does not share commensurate status with searches performed by law enforcement for contraband after having made an arrest. In...

2013-06-06 23:25:12

The U.S. Supreme Court case of Missouri v. McNeely decided that nonconsensual and warrantless blood draws could not usually be conducted, even in the case of a suspected drunk driver. California DUI defense lawyer James Knox of Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox LLP applauds this victory for constitutional rights. (PRWEB) June 06, 2013 The U.S. Supreme Court released its opinion in Missouri v. McNeely (No. 11—1425) on April 17, 2013. The justices decided that police should not be...

2012-04-19 23:00:40

"CISPA outsources spying to American corporations and circumvents the 4th Amendment, which gives the people the right not to be searched in their persons, houses, papers, and effects without probable cause and a search warrant," stated Evelyn Castillo-Bach, Founder and CEO of UmeNow and known to her followers as Privacy Mom. Pembroke Pines, Fl (PRWEB) April 19, 2012 Evelyn Castillo-Bach, Founder and CEO of UmeNow, announced today, in conjunction with her Occupy Privacy campaign, that U.S....

Can Law Officers Search Your Cellphone Without A Warrant?
2012-03-02 11:01:08

A US federal appeals court on Wednesday ruled that law officers have the right to search a cellphone for its phone number without a warrant, following a recent Indiana case in which prosecutors used evidence that police found on cellphones during an arrest. Abel Flores-Lopez, the arrestee in that case, said police acted illegally when they searched his cellphone for its number. However, the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit said in its ruling that even if searching a phone...

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2011-06-28 05:00:00

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday that it would decide whether law enforcement personnel must obtain a warrant before secretly placing a GPS tracking device on a suspect's car to monitor their movements for weeks at a time. The case marks the first time the high court will consider how the constitutional ban on unreasonable searches applies to global positioning systems, or GPS, tracking devices. The case involves the criminal prosecution of Antoine Jones and Lawrence Maynard, two...

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2010-06-18 06:35:00

The Supreme Court sent workers a message Thursday that if they have something to text that they do not want their bosses to see, do not use employer-provided cellphones to do it. The Supreme Court upheld a police department's search of an officer's personal messages placed on a government-owned pager, saying the search did not violate his constitutional rights. Justice Anthony Kennedy said that governments have the right to check the devices to be sure their employees are following company...

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2009-12-15 13:52:02

The U.S. Supreme Court said on Monday it would decide whether employees have a reasonable expectation of privacy with text messages sent from their employers' accounts. The court accepted an Ontario, California case involving three police officers and another employee who said the department had improperly spied on their text exchanges, some of which were said to be sexually explicit. Although the case involves government employees, the court's ruling could impact private-workplace rules for...

2008-06-30 15:02:29

Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold wants to restrict search and seizures of laptops and other digital devices at U.S. borders. The Democratic chairman of the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on the Constitution, civil rights and property rights, called for laws to protect against this gross violation of privacy after a recent hearing on customs searches of digital technology such as laptop computers, hand-held devices and disk storage drives, the Washington Times reported Monday. Feingold is...

2008-06-18 18:00:16

Employees have a reasonable expectation of privacy for text messages under the U.S. and California constitutions, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. Because of this expectation, employers don't have the right to read employees text messages without the employee's knowledge and consent, a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals' unanimously ruled in an appeal in a lawsuit filed Ontario, Calif., by Police Sgt. Jeff Quon and three others against the city's service provider,...


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penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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