The Supreme Court recognizes privacy right to cell phone location history.

On May 22, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an important decision extending the Fourth Amendment right against unlawful search and seizure into the digital age. In Thomas Ivory Carpenter v. United States, the Court sided with the privacy rights of cellphone users over law enforcement using private tracking data compiled and saved by cell … Continue reading The Supreme Court recognizes privacy right to cell phone location history.

Supreme Court declines to extend automobile exception to Fourth Amendment to vehicles parked in driveways or curtilage of home.

In yet another victory for Fourth Amendment advocates, the Supreme Court on May 29, 2018 ruled against a warrantless search and examination of motorcycle under a tarp in the driveway of a home.   In the matter of Ryan Austin Collins vs. Virginia, No. 16-1027, the Court in a 8-1 decision reversed the lower court’s decision … Continue reading Supreme Court declines to extend automobile exception to Fourth Amendment to vehicles parked in driveways or curtilage of home.

Loose Lips Sink Ships…and Closed Ones Could Land You in Hot Water with the Pennsylvania Game Commission

Yesterday, Representative Keller introduced a bill into the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, that would repeal the unconstitutional provision found in the game code which makes it unlawful for a hunter to refuse to answer any pertinent question pertaining to the killing or wounding of any game or wildlife killed or wounded, or the disposition of the entire carcass or any part thereof. … Continue reading Loose Lips Sink Ships…and Closed Ones Could Land You in Hot Water with the Pennsylvania Game Commission

Supreme Court and Individual Freedoms – Difficult to Determine, Harder to Rationalize

http://news.yahoo.com/dna-swab-arrestees-cheek-reasonable-search-supreme-court-201434454.html;_ylt=A2KJ2UZttLNRTzEAAqTQtDMD Well, It would seem that my blog from last time may have been a bit premature.  Recently, the Supreme Court ruled that it is sometimes OK to take DNA samples of arrestees. How does this case differ from police taking blood for a DUI/DWI stop is the immediate question that follows this recent ruling.  In each … Continue reading Supreme Court and Individual Freedoms – Difficult to Determine, Harder to Rationalize

Email and the Fourth Amendment

Almost nothing on the internet is as private as people often believe it to be. Many people imagine their email conversations as similar to spoken conversations, where the information stays between the participants of the conversation unless one or both should choose to disclose it. However, in actuality, an email conversation, like almost anything else … Continue reading Email and the Fourth Amendment